Promoting community ownership for health
In 2015, Positive Action for Children Fund supported WRAHP to Strengthening Local Response to HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Challenges in Edo State. The project has been aimed at mitigating the low provision of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services, poor uptake of health services from community members on HIV/AIDS prevention and care. It has strategically conducted sustained advocacy visits, capacity building of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and training of health facility workers to strengthen local response to HIV/AIDS and to minimize reproductive health challenges in Esan North-East, Esan Central and Esan West in Edo State.
Through its Edo office, WRAHP built her community engagement model for HIV/AIDS prevention by facilitating community support for PMTC. Specifically, the work mainstreamed the activities of TBAs into PMTCT promotion programme at the community level. Intensively, WRAHP aimed to build the community support and promotion of access to and provision of HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT), referral for HIV treatment and provision of PMTCT services to HIV infected pregnant and nursing mothers. The intervention targeted to reach 18,000 community member from Esan North-East, Esan Central and Esan West Local Government Areas by 2016 to access and promote uptake of all pregnant women who access TBA Obstetric Care Service in the three selected local governments; develop the capacity of target health workers from selected facilities to provide a bi-directional referral system with respective resident TBAs.
To further provide sensitization on HIV/AIDS and access to HCT, WRAHP marked the International World AIDS Day hosted in Obeidu community on 1-2 December, 2015. The event was implemented in collaboration with WRAHP Edo Office, Ofure Foundation as technical partners and Society for Family Health (SFH) for the provision of HCT services.
Outcomes recorded include: 3 workshops completed, 30 TBAs (1 male; 29 female) trained, 30 health workers (1 male; 29 female) trained, Conducted 42 HIV Counseling and Testing; Reached 4,633 community members (2,131 male; 2,502) with HCT services, Marked the International World AIDS Day hosted in Obeidu community on 1-2 December, 2015, More than 2000 community members reached through the World AIDS Day celebration; 550 persons (200 male; 350 female) tested for HIV