HIV/AIDS Prevention Activity in Korahey Zone

HIV/AIDS Prevention Activity in Korahey Zone

Most of the Somali community belief that the HIV matter is just some thing relating to adultery performance (illegal sexual relationship) no more. They don’t have more information and related knowledge, therefore, owda decided to implement HIV prevention project in Somali region in order to provide protection with the community and keep in safety environment through the cooperation of Humanitarian NGOs and the government counterparts. Particularly, PACT Ethiopia/ USAID funding this project. The duration of the program is 1st April 2006 – 31-july-2008

This project is intended to be implemented in Korehay Zone through all its Districts as detailed in the project draft.  In accordance to, owda planned a comprehensive strategy with the Somali regional state. The following paragraphs deal with the implementation structure and target groups for the program.

At the beginning of the program, owda met with all Wareda administrations, community leaders, and traditional elders, civil organizations like women, youth, teachers and Doctors by briefing the objectives of the project as well as the role of the community participation. Generally, the program was highly welcomed by the above-mentioned groups. After that, many influential workshops on HIV prevention awareness have been held and made orientation awareness publicly. Through minutes of the workshops, types of HIV/AIDS transmission method have been detailed visually and verbally. Similarly, not to practice discrimination on HIV positives.
The passing knowledge system being adopted by OWDA is the following tips: peer education, training influential groups, BBC strategic system, public orientation, posters and brochures   by utilizing different mechanism for the promotion of the activities. The target groups are:
  • Youth regardless gender
  • Traditional elders
  • Preachers ( religious leaders )
  • Women association leaders
  • Teachers & Doctors/Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Administration figures
  • Influential individuals
  • Students
In this respect, owda outlined a reliable criterion for the selection of the participants i.e. to select an equal number from each Warada of the zone with the consultation of the Wareda administration and community leaders. At the 1st phase 150 participants have attended including male & female. And are being trained other 200 called anti-HIV taskforce members.
In this respect, owda outlined a reliable criterion for the selection of the participants i.e. to select an equal number from each Warada of the zone with the consultation of the Wareda administration and community leaders. At the 1st phase 150 participants have attended including male & female. And are being trained other 200 called anti-HIV taskforce members.
According to, all these activities have a certain procedures followed and schedule for sub-activity performance of each quarter.  As a media performance, 100 posters, 10,000 leaflets, 5000 brochures written in local language which contain more information are being under process.  Hot discussion and interaction dialogue on HIV prevention and it’s affect to the community socially and economically will be organized.
The expected beneficiaries will be (162389) from the different Districts in the Korehay zone.
OWDA will continue this activity day and night until all objectives of the program will be achieved and have a community free of this killer (Virus) as well as aware of its risk.
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