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HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND ORPHANS & VULNERABLE CHILDREN

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TARGETTING YOUTHS WITH FAMILY LIFE/HIV EDUCATION (FLHE)

Young people in Nigeria constitute a significant proportion of the population and face unique challenges, which may compromise their health and developmental potentials if not addressed. There has been a growing recognition of the need to respond effectively to the health and developmental challenges of young people in Nigeria. In this respect, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education and National Council on Education introduced the Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE) into the school curriculum at all educational levels starting from Upper Primary to Secondary school. The Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) is a school based programme aimed at providing young people with knowledge, positive attitudes and skills to foster behaviour change and thus reduce their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health complications.

 

ARFH as a Principal Recipient (Global Fund HIV&AIDS consolidated round 5&9) is providing oversight functions to the Federal Ministry of Education to enhance the capacity of teachers to be able to deliver factual Family Life and HIV Education information to in-school adolescents using the curricular based approach. The capacity of 74 Master Trainers (MTs) including Desk officers in the SMoHs, and experts in the field of RH across Nigeria, was enhanced while a total of 7,921 (seven thousand, nine hundred and twenty one)teachers drawn from the 36 states and FCT have been trained on classroom delivery of Family life HIV&AIDS Education in 2011. The teachers in turn, have reached 334,356 (three hundred and thirty four thousand, three hundred and fifty six) students with FLHE using the Minimum Prevention Package Intervention.

 

 

To continuously solicit for support to ensure the sustainability of the FLHE Intervention, Project Advocacy and Advisory Committee (PAAC) comprising of selected members from both the public and private sector was set up in each of the 36 states and the FCT and provided with appropriate training to enhance their performance. Activities have commenced in earnest, with PAAC members advocating for resource mobilisation, allocation and provision of enabling environment for implementation and enhancement of project sustainability.

 

PROMOTING HIV PREVENTION AWARENESS AMONG YOUTHS AND ADOLESCENTS

The involvement of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in creating awareness on the HIV pandemic is critical to facilitating its prevention and the reduction of stigma and discrimination among young people. To enhance these achievements, corp members' activities on the National Reproductive Health, HIV & AIDS programme were supported in the year through training of volunteer corp members as Peer Educator Trainers (PETs) during the NYSC orientation programme in NYSC camps in the 36 states and FCT with Global Fund support.

 

This was to enable them train and mentor forty secondary school students each as peer educators who in turn, are expected to reach their peers with factual information on Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) and HIV issues. To reinforce information being provided by PETS and foster behavioural change and sustenance among the In-school adolescents, various types of IEC Materials (T-shirts, Fez caps, handbills and posters) were produced and provided to corp members for distribution to youths and In- school adolescents.

 

By the end of the year, 13, 888 (thirteen thousand, eight hundred and eighty eight) volunteer corp members had been trained as Peer Educator Trainers (PETs) while 348,000 (three hundred and forty eight thousand) students were trained as peer educators by the PETs.

 

WORKPLACE HIV PREVENTION PROJECT

Despite the national multi-sectorial approach to mitigate the spread of HIV&AIDS in Nigeria, its prevalence rate still remains unacceptable, affecting largely the youth and the working population (ages 15-49) with great implications on businesses, productivity and consequently, the economy of the nation. Realizing the disease burden of HIV and AIDS, efforts are increasingly being made by both public and private organizations to respond to this challenge.

 

This informed the collaboration of the management of Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) with ARFH since 2007 to implement a workplace HIV prevention programme for their staff. During this fiscal year, ARFH trained additional 20work place peer educators among Shell Companies in Nineria (SciN) staff in an effort to strengthen their capacity on workplace HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation.

 

These training programmes have effectively contributed to increased awareness on HIV prevention and reduced the level of risky sexual behavior. Furthermore, the peer educators also improved the health literacy on HIV and related subjects in their communities.

 

One of the highlights of their prevention intervention is the initiation of outreach programmes to commemorate the World AIDS day on every 1st of December.

 

PROVIDING CARE AND SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC)

The increasing burden of orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria remains a challenge to families, communities, civil society organisations and the government. Many of these children live in deplorable conditions and are deprived of basic necessities of life.

 

In response to this, the organisation as Principal Recipient (PR) HIV&AIDS on the Global Fund Rounds 5&9, in collaboration with the Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN) and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD), has increased access of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) to comprehensive Care and Support services including Health, Education, Food/Nutrition and Psychosocial Support and other support services in 17 southern states in Nigeria. This, the organisation has been able to achieve by adopting strategies such as capacity building, system strengthening and advocacy.

 

In the course of the year, the organisation strengthened the capacity of 85 selected Lead CBOs on the provision of care and support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). Their capacity was strengthened to provide services on issues pertaining to Health, Education, Food/Nutrition, Protection, Shelter, Psychosocial support and Household Economic Strengthening as well as the use of National OVC M&E Tools for data collection and reporting. This enhanced the quality of services being provided for the OVC by the trained CBOS, resulting in healthier children. In addition, in order to ensure proper monitoring of the project, the capacity of Sub Sub Recipients (SSRs) and state staff of Sub Recipients (SRs) were strengthened on monitoring and evaluation (M & E) and programme management in December, 2011. This is expected to improve the monitoring system for OVC CBOs and ensure that proper care and support is being provided for the OVCs.

 

It is pertinent to note that, as a result of sustained advocacy visits at service delivery points, stakeholders have demonstrated ownership of the project through donation of parcels of land for agriculture, provision of free education, nutritional support and donation of a vehicle to a lead CBO in Oyo state (Living Word Mission, Ibadan) to enhance the achievement of the organizational goal and complement government's efforts.

 

In year 2011, a total of 5,667 (five thousand, six hundred and sixty seven) OVC were provided access to educational and health support services. Of this, 2,000 (two thousand) were provided with locally sourced food items as food/nutritional support. In addition, 67 (sixty seven) OVC are currently undergoing vocational education and skills acquisition trainings in various fields including desktop publishing (computer skills), sewing/fashion designing, hairdressing, electronic maintenance and fabrication among others. These children are expected to complete their training programme by 2012, when they would be presented with startup equipments to facilitate their independence.

 

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