HIV/AIDS remains an incurable disease devastating individuals, communities and nations in the world. Since the start of the epidemic, an estimated 60 million people have been infected with HIV, of whom some 20 million have died (UNAIDS). Somalia is one of the East African countries with the lowest prevalence of HIV/AIDS cases. HIV prevalence was 1.2%. Today, the nation is at high risk of the disease from its neighbouring countries those whom the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is high.
The long civil strife in Somalia deteriorated the functional systems in the social and civil arena. Unified government programmes are absent and there are few development partners reaching communities due to insecurity. Formal education systems are also just beginning to rise from the doldrums thus contributing to high illiteracy rates in the country. Stigmatizations of the HIV/AIDS & FGM are a prevailing subject, the local community does not want to discuss or give prominence to HIV/AIDS and FG
1. HIV/AIDS awareness raising forums 1. HIV/AIDS and FGM leadership advocacy forum for the religious leaders representatives from women group, youth and IDPs. 2. HIV/AIDS campaign raising IDPs community groups will targeted to campaign regards on HIV/AIDS prevention and Voluntary Counselling and Testing services promotion sensitization 3. Training and campaign raising on FGM
The long-term impact following below:- 1. Community awareness on Health hazards on FGM 2. Community awareness on HIV/AIDS. 3. Behavior change on inherited customs, belief and concepts. 4. Community awareness on legal and law implications against Female Genital Mutilation