The project promotes HIV-AIDS awareness and testing in remote settlements in the Omilling countryside, an area facing one of the highest concentrations of HIV-AIDS infection in Sudan.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
During the civil war, rebels frequently stormed area settlements in the dead of night and gang-raped women, sometimes infecting them with HIV-AIDS. When thousands of refugees flooded Omilling after the peace agreement was signed in 2005, many of them brought HIV-AIDS with them too. Today, between 20 and 40 percent of people in Omilling settlements test positive for HIV-AIDS compared to 2 percent in Sudan as a whole. The HIV-AIDS epidemic is devastating the war-ravaged community.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project provides promotes HIV-AIDS prevention, treatment, and testing through locally trained women and outside testing experts. It also provides HIV-positive women with women-led support groups to help them cope with rape aftermath/social stigma
Potential Long Term Impact
Reducing the annual toll of new HIV infections by enabling individuals to protect themselves and others will save thousands of lives. Providing care and comfort to women HIV-AIDS victims will empower them and their families to rebuild their lives.
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,131
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,369
Total Funding Goal: $13,500