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JASMAR contributions to control HIV/AIDS

While UNICEF is supporting the ERWs risk awareness, JASMAR extends the activities - at its own cost - to include public health, first aid and HIV/AIDS. The institutional memory of the organization of risk education (staff, targets and areas) remains to be an important asset for HIV/AIDS control measures.

1. UNFPA/JASMAR partnership on HIV/AIDS, Kassala

Through fund from UNFPA JASMAR was implemented HIV/AIDS awareness raising/protection project in Kassala state, Oct. – Dec. 2010.

The project main activities are:

  1. Advocacy campaign through 4 seminars with 60 local decision makers and community leaders.

  2. 2 training workshops for 45 volunteers to carry out the project awareness activities (20 Lay Counselors and 25 Health Care promoters, 5 days for each training.

  3. 2 training workshops for Health Care Providers (25 for each workshop). The 50 Health Care Providers from two hospitals (Halfa Algadeeda and Algirba).

  4. Conduct 6 public awareness sessions using drama, lectures, local oriented songs and competitions.

In this project 65 decision makers and community leaders have been sensitized to play a leading role in HIV/AIDS campaign.

The Community Health Promoters and Lay Counselors (45 trained volunteers) managed to reach 10,070 beneficiaries through IPC, focused group discussion and home visits. Meanwhile, 331 of MARPs and vulnerable groups have been reached who have represented 25 tea sellers, 173 university students and 133 uniformed personnel. Moreover, 205 persons referred to VCT.

Through Public awareness sessions JASMAR reached 1,736 persons in 5 public awareness sessions through dram, awareness songs, lectures on HIV/AIDS ABC facts and competitions on evaluation of candidates’ gained knowledge.

 

2. Integration of HIV/AIDS into MRE activities, South Kordofan

This project has been founded through an initiative by JASMAR and its partners in South Kordofan (DCA and OSIL). The initiative adopts the integration of HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention messages into Mine Risk Education MRE activities. This  initiative has been translated into a project that funded by ECHO for one year (March 2009 - April 2010).

The implementation way out has been preceded by extensive consultation with the stakeholders (UN, INGOs, NNGOs and the related authorities).

The project targets 50,000 beneficiaries for HIV/AIDS and 45,000 for MRE.

The project teams have been trained on the community appropriate techniques to work with the local communities.

3. Increasing awareness & knowledge of RH & HIV prevention, Kassala

JASMAR/UNFPA have engaged in a partnership to carry out this project during the period (Oct. 2009 - Apr. 2010). This project aimed to raise the community awareness/prevention on HIV/AIDS and RH. The project main activities are:

  • Training for 20 lay counselors for treatment education and ART adherence support.

  • Advocacy and sensitization meetings with 120 community leaders and decision makers

  • Training for 20 Community Health Promoters (CHPs) to conduct community-based education and stigma reduction program at community level.

  • Outreach and home-based activities and provide materials for lay counselors and CHPs.

  • Mobilization and service promotion, Public awareness sessions (drama and theatre activities etc.).

  • Training of Health Care Providers to reduce stigma at health care settings (2 hospitals) and orient HCPs on the available services.

  • Public serves promotion and awareness raising sessions using interactive communication messages accompanied with outreach VCT /or referral to the existing services.

4. HIV/AIDS awareness raising and prevention, Kassala

JASMAR/UNICEF developed a new partnership on combating HIV/AIDS through an awareness raising project in Kassala (Wad Elhelaiow, Maghareef and Hamdaeet) areas in Wad Elhelaiow locality.

The project is a short-term project (September - October 2009). It is targeting the communities awareness raising and prevention on HIV/AIDS through conducting training (IPC) for 30 volunteers from the targeted areas, 10 for each area. The awareness/prevention activities are carrying out by the trained volunteers for 6,299 beneficiaries from the targeted communities. The project is also target raising up the communities concerned on the affected/infected families in order to contribute to stigma reduction.

5. JASMAR/UNDP short-term awareness/prevention project, Kassala, Nov. - Dec. 2008

JAMSAR and UNDP formed a new partnership on combating HIV/AIDS in Kassala.  The project is oriented for HIV/AIDS awareness raising and prevention in Allafa and Algira areas as well as mobilizing the communities to create a pro-active partnership and sense of the individual responsibility in the fight against AIDS. The project also works on the reduction of the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.

Project activities:

  • 9 Public awareness sessions in the circles of women's groups at Allafa and Algira.

  • 4 Awareness raising lectures for school students at Allafa and Algira .

  • 2 Awareness messages on the market to raise awareness of men at Allafa and Algira.

  • 2 Awareness sessions in the mosques conduct by religious leaders at Allafa and Algira.

  • Awareness lectures in social centers target youth at Allafa and Algira.

  • 1 Open day campaign targets all communities containing (drama, singing, prizes, home visits, and discussion groups) at Algira.

  • A mobile voluntary test at Algira.

  • Distribution of IEC materials at all target areas.

6. Community-based Care and Support to PLWHA

During the period April 2003 - March 2004 JASMAR implemented this project through fund from the Netherlands Embassy in Khartoum, JASMAR implemented this community project to provide social, psychological and nursing support to PLWHA in Wad Elbashir, Mayo, Jabal Awlia, Haj Yousif and Alizba camps. The project specific components were:

  • HIV/AIDS training and awareness:

Training

This component included home nursing for 100 participants, drug administration as training has been carried out for (50) Community Health Workers CHW. Furthermore counseling training for (100) volunteers and CHW were part of the project. Apart from that spiritual support conducted for (45) beneficiaries from the main faith groups (Muslims, Christians and Kujour).

Awareness:

The local communities’ groups performed traditional dances and played local music at the targeted camps where the messages managed to distribute through it. Also the volunteers and PLWHA delivered HIV/AIDS awareness messages. A total of 17 community drama shows were performed. Regarding group discussion, targets of multi-disciplinary formation of groups were selected (each group is comprised of volunteers, CHW, community leaders, PLWHA and family members). 20 groups were formed, each of 20 individuals. For ICE materials 10 billboards were fixed at prominent positions in the target locations. Also 500 T-shirts were distributed to the youth and school children. 8000 posters wee pasted in the class rooms, public transport, poster boards, shops and public places.

Universalization of testing of pregnant ladies: Volunteers and CHW registered the pregnant ladies. The community informants and peripheral clinics’ records helped them. They contacted almost pregnant and suspected pregnant ladies. They explained to the targets the importance and implications of the HIV/AIDS testing during pregnancy.

  • Empowering PLWHA:

About 200 individuals who were infected or affected by the HIV/AIDS were registered. An NGO whose members were PLWHA was registered in the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). Meetings and discussions took place with the executive organ of the NGO to explore the best way of empowering the PLWHA NGO. Training sessions were conducted on networking and organizational management. Video films, lectures and leaflets distribution were some of the empowerment means used. PLWHA have come in the open and participated in the open events for the first time.

 

 

Integration of HIV/AIDS & MRE

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Dr. Hussein Obeid,

JASMAR General Manager


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