Strengthening Local Response to HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Challenges in Edo State; The intervention was a scale-up programme on HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual and reproductive health and life skills targeting vulnerable out of school females and grassroots communities using football game. The programme created massive awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, provided free on-site HIV screening to players and spectators and increased the access of vulnerable out of school girls to sexual and reproductive health education and life skills information, utilizing football tournaments and routine club training sessions, peer education sessions on health and life training were integrated with playing football, a total of 10540 people were reached.
The second phase of the project was 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. WRAHP 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. The intervention targeted to reach 40,000 community member from Esan North-East, Esan Central and Esan West Local Government Areas 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.