MSH Project in Ethiopia Commemorates World AIDS Day 2007

CAMBRIDGE, MA —To commemorate World AIDS Day 2007, the MSH-implemented HIV/AIDS Care and Support Project is sponsoring and organizing an array of activities in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development; Dialogue and Action (EIFDDA); the National Network of Positive Women of Ethiopia (NNPWE); Dawn of Hope; the National Coalition of Women Against HIV/AIDS; and the Ethiopia Youth Network will sponsor discussions, distribute educational material, and coordinate activities across the nation to raise awareness of HIV & AIDS.

  • EIFDDA is organizing a panel discussion of religious perspectives on HIV & AIDS and is distributing educational information on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, voluntary counseling and testing for HIV, and antiretroviral treatment adherence. EIFDDA focuses its work on generating religion-inspired health developments; this currently includes a three-year campaign against stigma, denial, and discrimination.  
  • NNPWE is organizing a panel discussion and material dissemination, as well as a positive-woman march throughout Ethiopian cities. The organization contributes to efforts to minimize the impact of HIV & AIDS by promoting greater and more meaningful involvement and empowerment of women living with the disease.  
  • In addition to producing and disseminating leaflets, a new magazine, and posters, Dawn of Hope is organizing a local soccer game to convey the importance of using sports as a medium to sensitize and raise awareness of HIV & AIDS issues. As the largest and oldest AIDS support organization of people living with HIV & AIDS, Dawn of Hope uses mainstream media to support better understanding and knowledge of the epidemic and its related issues.  
  • The National Coalition of Women Against HIV/AIDS is hosting large forums in ten sub-cities in Addis Ababa concerning HIV & AIDS gender-based violence and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The organization is a coalition headed by the First Lady of Ethiopia.  
  • The Ethiopia Youth Network is supporting a candlelight street walk, as well as a music program and drama staging designed to reach younger Ethiopians. The network raises awareness and promotes healthy behaviors among the nation’s youth.

The HIV/AIDS Care and Support Project is supported by USAID and implemented by MSH and its Ethiopian partner organizations: Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development, Dialogue and Action; the National Network of Positive Women of Ethiopia; Dawn of Hope; the National Coalition of Women against HIV/AIDS; and the Ethiopia Youth Network. The project will expand diagnostic and treatment services for HIV and tuberculosis, provide basic HIV and tuberculosis services and symptomatic care, and offer a full range of antiretroviral treatment services. The program relies on three strategically linked models: the family-focused approach, performance-based contracting, and a results-oriented strategic framework.

 

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