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.
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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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.
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.
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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