We are on the frontline of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ethiopia, working to help its youngest citizens protect themselves against HIV.
Although new HIV infections in Ethiopia have fallen dramatically in the past 15 years, the need for care, support and access to treatment has never been more important, particularly for children and young people.
Our work here focuses on providing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services for young people so that they can take better control of their own health.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Around 690,000 Ethiopian people are living with HIV.
- Approximately 5% of all Ethiopians living with HIV are children, 60% are adult women and 35% are adult men.
- Knowledge of HIV prevention among young people aged 15 – 24 years is 24.3% in women and 39.1% in men.
We work with OSSHD to provide the care and support that people living with HIV need, with particular focus on children who have lost their parents to AIDS-related illness, and families affected by HIV.
As well as training pastoral leaders in HIV prevention, care and support, OSSHD has set up four free HIV and AIDS information telephone hotlines, making it easier for people to get advice and help anonymously.
OSSHD have also used innovative methods to reach people with testing and treatment and were an integral part of a five-country programme aimed at improving SRHR for more than one million young people over three years. OSSHD continues to focus its efforts on young people through its links with the broader regional READY Teens programme.
OUR IMPACT IN ETHIOPIA
In 2018, OSSHD reached:
- Over 232,000 people with HIV prevention activities.
- More than 48,000 people with HIV and SRHR services.
- Over 38,000 people with antiretroviral treatment programmes.
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