Prevent HIV-AIDS through Awareness in South Sudan

by Hope Ofiriha
Local HIV/AIDS workshop South Sudan
Local HIV/AIDS workshop South Sudan

Thanks for your continued support to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS through Awareness campaign in Omilling South Sudan.

By the time of this reporting:
You and other people sponsored ten local Awareness workshops. You supplied the gathering with 120 exercise books and 100 pencils. Hope Ofiriha gave to 80 participants to write notes during the course. We are doing this aggressively, and loudly to reach more people in other villages.

The HIV/AID is an epidemic that is not well comprehended in rural South Sudan. To get it through, our trainers are talking to villagers, in particular, boys and girls who are the target. Our objective is to make sure they understand how to avoid be affected by a virus, and how to have safe sex, and preventing unwanted pregnancy among girls.

South Sudan is relaxing on a time grenade when it comes to HIV/AIDS because there is no agenda to resist it. Albeit Hope Ofiriha is improving in raising awareness; the country is busy with a war.  

In a next three months, a new field update will be posted, so you get to know the impact your donation.

HIV-AIDS Awareness workshop is helping a lot!
HIV-AIDS Awareness workshop is helping a lot!

The epidemic of HIV/AIDS is being neglected in South Sudan, as the administration and civil society remain focused on the political crisis.

The problem is, there is no proper system of treating the virus. The chairman of South Sudan Network for people living with HIV/AIDS said in an interview with a member of Hope Ofiriha.

There are sick people in Magwi County who had failed to get treatment and information on how to fight and live with AIDS virus.

A patient (38) refused to be named, tested positive for HIV in 2012, but had done well over three years with the assistance of local HIV/AIDS workshop operated by Hope Ofiriha.

However, with the ongoing civil conflict, things have changed - particularly in respect to medical supplies.

When a country gained independence, no programs were set up to address the issue of this deadly virus comprehensively.

We are sitting on a time bomb regarding HIV/AIDS; anything can happen, a Villager said. Although Hope Ofiriha is doing well in term of awareness campaigning, the country is doing badly in the treatment.

Thanks for your continued support to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS through Awareness campaign in Omilling South Sudan.

Your money together with cash from another source had helped the project operated 22 local Awareness Workshops. In next months, we intend to run it aggressively, and loudly to reach more people in other villages.

The trainers will be holding discussions with villagers, especially boys and girls on how to use the condom. The volunteers will demonstrate the usage the practically. The aim is to make sure a target group understands how to avoid to be affected by HIV/AIDS.

In a next three months, a new field update will be posted, so you get to know the impact your donation help create from the ground.

HIV-AIDS Awareness workshop held under tree
HIV-AIDS Awareness workshop held under tree

Thanks for your continued support to prevent HIV-AIDS via Awareness.
Your money together with cash from another source will sponsor five HIV-AIDs Awareness Workshops from March to July. This initiative has been possible with funding from South Sudanese community in Diaspora (USA, UK, and Australia). The project will also provide necessary materials for workshop gatherings. The trainers will hold discussions with villagers how to use a condom, and demonstrate to both boys and girls how to wear it. By cultural practices, the use of a condom is not traditional. Talk about sex openly is illegal. The trainers will do their best to promote the acceptance in a village. A project will do it aggressively and loudly.

In next three months, a new field progress update will be posted so that you get to know the impact your contribution is helping to create.

 Owinyikibul villagers clashed with new recruits in earlier March.
The government and the opposition have failed to reach a peace deal despite the pressure from IGAD, UN, and the World. There are new fierce clashes in Jonglei and Upper Nile States. Humanitarian situation is worsening. There are 1.5 million people displaced from their villages of which some are living in exile as refugees.

In Owinyikibul of Magwi County, new soldiers recruit clashed with local villagers earlier March. The drunken soldier had refused to pay for the bill where he was stabbed in a bar fighting. He then organized his fellow recruits burning more than 100 houses and market stalls in retaliation. One recruit killed in the clashes. A chief has blamed the trainers for failing to keep discipline.

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

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!


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.

 

 

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.

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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​www.ofiriha.org
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
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