This project will contribute to the reduction of new HIV infections amongst 2520 youths, provide care and support for 400 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and 100 People Living with HIV/AIDS, training of 48 community health workers and traditional births attendants in Rivers State of Nigeria. Presently the State has the highest HIV prevalence rate of 15.2% in Nigeria as announced by the Minister of Health during 2013 World AIDS day celebration.
Our studies in the communities for this Project, showed that Youths from the age of 15yrs were already exposed to sex and are very active in sexual unguided practices. Wife inheritance, polygamy, partner sharing, fear of stigma and discrimination are common in the communities. Out of School youths (the beneficiaries) especially females are sexually exploited by militants and military joint task force daily. The terrain deprive them of benefits of information and publications on HIV prevention.
The project will train 24 youths, male & females as Peer Educators on HIV prevention and life skills communications, who will in turn reach 2520 of there peers with the prevention messaging. Sensitize & mobilize 48 Traditional Births Attendants & Community Health Workers. Train 24 community volunteers as home base care givers. Enroll 400 Orphans &provide them with nutritional and educational support. Track & follow up 100 people living with HIV virus through health facilities for care & support.
The long-term effects are reduction of new HIV infections among the youths, reduction of teenage pregnancy, reduction of number of out of school drop out, reduction of sociocultural harmful practices that promote contraction of HIV virus, reduction of mother & child mortality rate, reduce of incidences of stigma & discrimination, & increase up take of Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT). Over 8500 people from 8 beneficiary communities will be affected.