Prevent HIV-AIDS through Awareness in South Sudan

 
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Dec 3, 2014

Don't Discriminate HIV-AID Victims

Local HIV-AIDs workshop held under tree
Local HIV-AIDs workshop held under tree

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Thanks for your generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness project.

 

There is no political agreement reach between the government and the rebel forces despite IGAD sponsored peace talks since the alleged coup. South Sudan is getting worse day by day and hope for peace has depreciated as the clashes continue to take place in Jonglei state.

The local HIV-AIDs educational workshop that we held has proven to be useful not only for Omilling but other surrounding villages. Through these workshops, villagers are getting to know the danger pose by HIV-AIDs which was not there before the start of this project. The level of awareness has increased, and traditional artists are composing songs with an aim to educate the community on how to avoid catching the virus with a strong message of "one wife one husband." For a woman to get a micro loan, it is mandatory that she has attended three workshops by the time of submitting her application for loan. This strategy had attracted large attendance from women, and even good number of men continues to increase.

This year 200 HIV-AIDs workshops held, 1358 villagers attended, and 132 pamplets were distributed with your donations and funds donated by South Sudanese community in Diaspora (USA, UK, and Australia).

We have now increased six victims volunteering as trainers. They hold talks with villagers how to use a condom by demonstrating how to wear it. Due to cultural sensitive this did not go well with villagers. They are encouraging local leaders to talk on the dangers of AID, and promote a policy one wife one husband. We do it aggressively and loudly.

In the next quarter, a new field update will be posted, so that you get to know what your contribution is helping to impact from the ground.

 

 

Jul 28, 2014

We are fighting Our Common Enemy

HIV & AIDs Educational workshop is important!
HIV & AIDs Educational workshop is important!

Thanks for your generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan.

South Sudan on the Brink of Famine as Fighting Rages On. Aid agencies predict that South Sudan could be headed for the worst famine since the 1984 Ethiopian famine.

The United Nations has warned that a famine looms if there is no end to the fighting that erupted in mid-December between the government and rebels. More than a third of the nation's roughly 11 million people could be on the brink of starvation by the end of the year, UN officials claim.

Additional aid is needed to combat this alarming crisis.

The local workshop we do is very important for the rural community to understand the danger pose by HIV/AIDs. Before we started this campaign, the level of awareness was low in Omilling. These days women are talking openly about it. We have also introduced a new strategy to attract villagers to attend the educational workshop. We tell women in Omilling to get a microloan one must attend HIV/AIDs workshop. This have boasted the attendance very high from 100 to 450 per month. Women and young girls are our target, but we do allow men to attend as well.

Two-HIV victims (now trainer) have been talking to villagers on how to avoid contracting it, encouraging traditional leaders to talk to villagers on the dangers of the virus, and promote the policy of one wife one husband. We do it aggressively and loudly.

In the next quarter, a new field update will be posted, so that you get to know what your contribution is helping to impact from the ground in Omilling.

Mar 25, 2014

Health Education - very Important

HIV & AIDs Educational workshop
HIV & AIDs Educational workshop

 Thanks for your generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan.

Only months ago an alleged coup in South Sudan has left hundreds dead, and many in the region concerned for what the coming months may bring for the world's youngest country.

Public health education is a vital step to Omilling rural community understanding health issues.  Since we started our HIV awareness campaign the outcomes have been really good for the community. We have four local volunteers to visit each Sunday to give a one hour talk followed by 30 minutes question and answer season. This has been a very successful initiative, and for a small investment of time, there has been an increase of 200 people between January  and March tested for HIV.

This shall be followed by two hardest educational HIV workshops to produce maximum level of awareness at a village level with each gathering lasting 6 hours twice a month. Two HIV victims shall talk on how to avoid catching it, traditional leaders shall talk why is important to be faithful to your partner, and a Health-worker from Magwi Primary Healthcare shall talk how to live with HIV. At the end of the workshop the villagers will sing a song saying HIV is an enemy to live, HIV victims shall cry because their best lives have been contaminated by the virus - this is meant to create high level of HIV -AID awareness.

In the next quarter a new field update will be posted, so that you get to know what your contribution is helping to impact from the ground in Omilling.

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Dec 11, 2013

Much Rainfall Halted work

Awareness HIV/AIDs workshop
Awareness HIV/AIDs workshop

Heavy rainfall has lead to crop failures in Magwi county and hunger is threatening.

Thanks for your generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan.

The Awareness campaign is encouraging Omilling villagers to talk freely about the virus, share information, and do voluntary testing to know their status. This is really good and we will continue pushing to raise Awareness.

The heavy rainfall has halted much of the campaign this year because the team cannot do field outreach as planned. To Omilling the road is too bad, and from September to November the outreach team can hardly get there. If the team drives they get stuck at Efo river when the water level swells higher, making it impossible to cross over. In spite of this three Awareness workshops were held with many villagers attending. The chief is organizing the villagers to repair the same bad holes, and badly demand pitches along Omilling road, which is a great relief for outreach team.

The road is usable now but not save. The outreach is resuming the campaign three times a week because it has stopped raining temporarily, and a land Rover  is suitable to drive through bad road.

In the next three months a new update will be posted, so you get to know what impact your contribution has helped to create, and other related activities.

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Aug 29, 2013

HIV-AID is an enemy for all!

Awareness HIV workshop
Awareness HIV workshop

HIV is a killer! AID is not good!

Thanks for your recent generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan project. Your commitment to help with this cause is really appreciated by our board of trustees.

This is a hardest campaign against a common enemy HIV-AID. Before this project you cannot talk about HIV and sexual issues openly in Omilling. Most think is against the culture. To do voluntary HIV-testing was nearly impossible. This awareness campaign has changed the attitudes of people not only in Omilling but also in the county as a whole. In this past quarter 18 people did HIV-AID voluntary test to know their status, and ten workshops were held.

The beneficiaries are eager to see this project progressing. They need your help to change the negative attitudes against HIV-AID and the victims.

In the next field update we will send you a quarterly field reports about our work. You will get to know what your donation has helped impact, and what we have achieved.

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William Logai Ochieng

Oslo, Oslo Norway

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