Whenever AIDS has won, stigma, shame, distrust, discrimination and apathy was on its side. Every time AIDS has been defeated, it has been because of trust, openness, dialogue between individuals and communities, family support, human solidarity, and the human perseverance to find new paths and solutions. Vicksly Foundation will embark on massive campaign to reduce stigmatization of people living with HIV in Northeast Nigeria.
HIV-related stigma and discrimination exists worldwide, Nigeria has th second largest in the world (UNAIDS), and Maiduguri has 409,456 population of HIV, The high rate of discrimination resulted in in loss of income and livelihood,loss of marriage and childbearing options,withdrawal of care giving in the home,loss of hope and feelings of worthlessness. Over 200,000 people living with HIV will benefit from this Massive campaign. It will restore their sense of belonging in the society.
Nigeria accounted for 59% of all new HIV infections in West and Central Africa in 2016.73 This rate of new infections has remained relatively stable in recent years, with only a 5% decrease between 2017 and 2010. The project will address the above problems through community Sensitization and outreaches, voluntary counselling and testing, referrals, peer Education session, Review meeting with volunteers and graduation of peer groups.
The project will make everyone know their status and have better knowledge of managing health of families with HIV. This will reduce the numbers of death through ignorance and stigmatization. More lives will be saved and and employment gap as result of discrimination will reduce.
This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).