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Wise UP quarterly report indicates commendable implementation rates PDF Print E-mail

The quarterly report for October-December, 2014 of Wise Up program - DKT’s generic condom promotion and HIV prevention program implemented by Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia targeting female sex workers, their clients and other most at-risk populations (MARPs) – has been released.

Female Sex workers training, coffee ceremony sessions, Drop-in Centers (DIC) service provision, establishment of referral systems are among the major activities and services launched by the program to prevent HIV/AIDS. The program operates in 28 towns found in all regions of the country.

As sex workers in many places are highly vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to multiple factors, provision of trainings for sex workers remains a top priority in the wise up program. The report states that trainings were conducted in all the 32 DICs in this quarter. Thus, sex workers recruited from different venues were trained and certified up on completion of two days trainings. The plan to train 2,645 sex workers has been achieved as 2,681 of them were trained in the reported period.

Some of the major points covered by the trainings include: appropriate condom use, condom negotiation skills, HIV/AIDS and STIs, reproductive health, challenges and opportunities in the lives of sex workers, safer sex, sharing success stories.

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The report states that coffee ceremony sessions have been done twice a month at all DICs.  More importantly, denotes the report, the coffee ceremony helps to promote the DICs and the services so that they feel it as their home and build confidence to come into DICs freely. Accordingly, 4,032 sex workers are reported to have participated in 192 coffee ceremony sessions. The coffee ceremony sessions have been conducted per the plan.

A single sex worker may participate in two or more sessions with different topics of discussion. According to the report, alcohol, drug and substance abuse; business skills; personal hygiene and sanitation; myths and facts about HIV/AIDS and STIs; family planning; condom use and harm reduction; positive living; risky behaviors and life skills were the major topics of discussion.

Another one of the activities in the Wise UP program is counseling and referral system. A total of 1,516 sex workers have got counseling service. Of these counseled sex workers, 1,275 were referred to nearby health facilities for different HIV and Health services. 1,253 FSW were accompanied and got the referred service. Referral slips are used to track the number of service users. The number of beneficiaries of the counseling and referral system within the quarter is way more than the planned 960 FSWs.

Stakeholders meeting is another one of Wise up program’s strategy for introducing program activities to gain commitment from stakeholders for upcoming activities besides helping to evaluate accomplishments. The meeting is also a podium to collect feedbacks from the community to scale up the program and amend activities. It also helps to strengthen the referal service. Accordingly, 480 stakeholders, in line with the plan, attended the meetings in all DICs representing different government and non government organizations for the sensitization meeting.

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The 32 Drop-in-centers (DICs) of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia located in 28 towns in all regional administrations across Ethiopia provided services for 55,008 Female Sex Workers (FSWs) during the reported period although the plan was to reach 24,000 FSWs. The major services provided by DICs include: resting accommodation, basic literacy, outreach workers, act as a hub for network and referrals to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and care and treatments services, personal hygiene services (shower and laundry facilities) and as an outlet for condom and IEC material provision.

In dealing with the distribution of IEC and promotional materials, the report states that they were distributed through outreach activities, during trainings and events and in drop in-centers. Accordingly, the report states that 12,651 different Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and promotional materials were distributed to the sex workers and other target groups in the reported period against the Planned 25,600 materials.

With regard to cooperatives, the report states that there were 46 Self Help Groups (SHGs) having 252 members. Of these, it elaborates, 41 are legally registered and engaged in income generating activities which include 14 cooperatives engaging in social marketing (condom sale) as additional source of income. The amount of profit that the cooperatives made in the reporting period is reported to be 101,799 birr. They also saved 44,745 birr. They have accumulated a total capital of 777,931 (in cash).

The report also states that the major challenges faced during the period include:  budget and activity cut to address stakeholders and other vulnerable groups, lack of promotional materials, shortage of different IEC materials to be distributed during trainings, and resource limitations to diversify DIC services.

 
Wise Up quarterly report indicates commendable implementation rates PDF Print E-mail

The quarterly report for October-December, 2014 of Wise Up program - DKT’s generic condom promotion and HIV prevention program implemented by Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia targeting female sex workers, their clients and other most at-risk populations (MARPs) – has been released.

Female Sex workers training, coffee ceremony sessions, Drop-in Centers (DIC) service provision, establishment of referral systems are among the major activities and services launched by the program to prevent HIV/AIDS. The program operates in 28 towns found in all regions of the country.

As sex workers in many places are highly vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to multiple factors, provision of trainings for sex workers remains a top priority in the wise up program. The report states that trainings were conducted in all the 32 DICs in this quarter. Thus, sex workers recruited from different venues were trained and certified up on completion of two days trainings. The plan to train 2,645 sex workers has been achieved as 2,681 of them were trained in the reported period.

Some of the major points covered by the trainings include: appropriate condom use, condom negotiation skills, HIV/AIDS and STIs, reproductive health, challenges and opportunities in the lives of sex workers, safer sex, sharing success stories.

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The report states that coffee ceremony sessions have been done twice a month at all DICs.  More importantly, denotes the report, the coffee ceremony helps to promote the DICs and the services so that they feel it as their home and build confidence to come into DICs freely. Accordingly, 4,032 sex workers are reported to have participated in 192 coffee ceremony sessions. The coffee ceremony sessions have been conducted per the plan.

A single sex worker may participate in two or more sessions with different topics of discussion. According to the report, alcohol, drug and substance abuse; business skills; personal hygiene and sanitation; myths and facts about HIV/AIDS and STIs; family planning; condom use and harm reduction; positive living; risky behaviors and life skills were the major topics of discussion.

Another one of the activities in the Wise UP program is counseling and referral system. A total of 1,516 sex workers have got counseling service. Of these counseled sex workers, 1,275 were referred to nearby health facilities for different HIV and Health services. 1,253 FSW were accompanied and got the referred service. Referral slips are used to track the number of service users. The number of beneficiaries of the counseling and referral system within the quarter is way more than the planned 960 FSWs.

Stakeholders meeting is another one of Wise up program’s strategy for introducing program activities to gain commitment from stakeholders for upcoming activities besides helping to evaluate accomplishments. The meeting is also a podium to collect feedbacks from the community to scale up the program and amend activities. It also helps to strengthen the referal service. Accordingly, 480 stakeholders, in line with the plan, attended the meetings in all DICs representing different government and non government organizations for the sensitization meeting.

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The 32 Drop-in-centers (DICs) of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia located in 28 towns in all regional administrations across Ethiopia provided services for 55,008 Female Sex Workers (FSWs) during the reported period although the plan was to reach 24,000 FSWs. The major services provided by DICs include: resting accommodation, basic literacy, outreach workers, act as a hub for network and referrals to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and care and treatments services, personal hygiene services (shower and laundry facilities) and as an outlet for condom and IEC material provision.

In dealing with the distribution of IEC and promotional materials, the report states that they were distributed through outreach activities, during trainings and events and in drop in-centers. Accordingly, the report states that 12,651 different Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and promotional materials were distributed to the sex workers and other target groups in the reported period against the Planned 25,600 materials.

With regard to cooperatives, the report states that there were 46 Self Help Groups (SHGs) having 252 members. Of these, it elaborates, 41 are legally registered and engaged in income generating activities which include 14 cooperatives engaging in social marketing (condom sale) as additional source of income. The amount of profit that the cooperatives made in the reporting period is reported to be 101,799 birr. They also saved 44,745 birr. They have accumulated a total capital of 777,931 (in cash).

The report also states that the major challenges faced during the period include:  budget and activity cut to address stakeholders and other vulnerable groups, lack of promotional materials, shortage of different IEC materials to be distributed during trainings, and resource limitations to diversify DIC services.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:59
 
DKT Directors visit Arada DIC PDF Print E-mail

The director of DKT International, Christopher Purdy, and DKT Ethiopia, Rory Harrington, visited the Arada Wise Up Drop In Center (DIC) of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia on November 12, 2014.

Upon their visit the directors were greeted by Henock Alemayehu, Director of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia (TLHE), Solomon Abebe, Wise up program manager and other TLHE staff along with the Female Sex Workers covered by the services of the DIC. They were then briefed by Solomon Abebe on the various facilities in the DIC and the services provided.

After visiting the compound the directors held discussion with the Female Sex Workers (FSW) with both sides exchanging questions and responses. Their discussions started with the FSWs briefing the guests on what kind of services they get and how they utilize the information in their daily lives. Accordingly, they identified the fundamental knowledge they get on STDs and the counseling service they get as the most important.

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The Director of DKT International, Christopher Purdy, asked the FSWs which sort of condoms they like. The FSWs noted that they use whatever sort of condom they can access easily. They added that well lubricated condoms do not tear off easily and that too much lubricant has its own problems as well. They also pointed out that looser rings would be preferred by their clients as some of them complain that it is too tight.

He then asked what sort of contraceptives, in addition to condoms, they use to avoid pregnancy and where they usually get those from. The FSWs explained that they use IUDs, arm implanted contraceptives and pills. They noted that pills have an adverse effect on their skin. They also indicated that government health centers are their main sources of contraceptives. The Director of DKT Ethiopia, …, informed the FSWs that there are pills that clear the skin up and asked if they would buy those if provided to them. The FSWs noted that those would be good as they would at the same time cut their cosmetic costs.

The Director of DKT International, Christopher Purdy, also asked if the women would be interested in buying abortion pills. The women responded by saying that they get such services from Marie Stops and Family Guidance for very low price and noted that they would use such pills if the price is lower than the currently available ones.

The FSWs then asked why DKT has not yet supplied ample female condom on the market considering that it them who should primarily control condom use during intercourse. The Director of DKT International stated that the main reason is that female condom costs as much as 40 times larger to produce that male condom. He added that they are looking for organizations that would subsidize it for the price to be affordable to anyone.

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The FSWs then asked if DKT has any plans in the pipeline to help them get themselves out of this life. The Director of DKT Ethiopia, Rory Harrington, responded by saying that the organization basically works on HIV Prevention and family planning but that they are preparing grant requests for donors to fund Female Sex Worker programs. He further stated that there is a recent tendency of donors to hold their support back on such programs as financial self-sustainability of the programs has been generally unsuccessful.

Finally, the women thanked the Directors for their time and explanation while the Directors expressed their gratitude for sharing various information. The Director of DKT Ethiopia, Rory Harrington, appreciated the work being done by Timret Lehiwot and DKT in collaboration and assured those working on Wise Up program that he is available to discuss various issues.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 November 2014 15:16
 
Raising women’s cooperatives in Jimma PDF Print E-mail

The Jimma branch of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia has helped 80 female sex workers (FSWs) organize into eight women’s cooperatives of ten women each. Wondwossen Beyene, Jimma branch outreach coordinator, stated that five out of the eight cooperatives have already started operation while the rest are going through prior administrative procedures before they start operation.

Explaining the involvement of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia in setting up the cooperatives, Wondwossen Beyene stated that their office helped the women attain legal business licenses in their fields of venture and put three of them up for self help group saving. He further notified that the branch office facilitated the issuance of Kebele IDs for the women and final commissioning of the cooperatives into action.

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Wondwossen said that Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia contacted other NGOs operating in Jimma to take the cooperatives under their wings. Accordingly, he went on to say, FLM has taken three cooperatives and provided them with materials they need to get their business running. Timret Lehibret also worked on behalf of the cooperatives to have the city administration give them working space in the city’s market. Its effort paid off as the city granted their wish by during just that.

Another three cooperatives went under OSSA and the NGO granted them fifteen thousand birr each as seed money. Wondwossen said that Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia’s Jimma branch is working with the city administration to get them the working space they need.

Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia’s Wise UP program, Wondwossen went to say, also gave sixty thousand birr of seed money to have one of the cooperatives in action. It also facilitated the city’s granting of working space for the cooperative. He stated that the cooperative built a ten roomed shower service complex and have a capital of thirty thousand birr at the moment.

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Wondwossen said that the cooperatives are engaged in café services and juice bars. He also added that the cooperatives undertake the catering service in the occasion of high profile meetings held by the Jimma branch of Timret Lehiwot. He finally noted that the cooperatives have given hope to the female sex workers with six already quitting their sex work.

 

 
Wise Up quarterly report released PDF Print E-mail

The quarterly report for July-September, 2014 of Wise Up program - DKT’s generic condom promotion and HIV prevention program implemented by Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia targeting female sex workers, their clients and other most at-risk populations (MARPs) – has been released.

Female Sex workers training, coffee ceremony sessions, Drop-in Centers (DIC) service provision, establishment of referral systems are among the major activities and services launched by the program to prevent HIV/AIDS. The program operates in 28 towns found in all regions of the country.

As sex workers in many places are highly vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to multiple factors, provision of trainings for sex workers remains a top priority in the wise up program. The report states that trainings were conducted in all the 32 DICs in this quarter. Thus, sex workers recruited from different venues were trained and certified up on completion of two days trainings. 3,046 sex workers were trained through 126 trainings conducted in the reported period.

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Some of the major points covered by the trainings include: appropriate condom use, condom negotiation skills, HIV/AIDS and STIs, reproductive health, challenges and opportunities in the lives of sex workers, safer sex, sharing success stories.

The report states that coffee ceremony sessions have been done twice a month at all DICs.  More importantly, denotes the report, the coffee ceremony helps to promote the DICs and the services so that they feel it as their home and build confidence to come into DICs freely. Accordingly, 4,105 sex workers were reported to have participated in 203 coffee ceremony sessions.

A single sex worker may participate in two or more sessions with different topics of discussion. According to the report, alcohol, drug and substance abuse; business skills; personal hygiene and sanitation; myths and facts about HIV/AIDS and STIs; family planning; condom use and harm reduction; positive living; risky behaviors and life skills were the major topics of discussion.

Another one of the activities in the Wise UP program is counseling and referral system. The report states 1,436 sex workers were counseled. Of these counseled sex workers 1,063 were referred to nearby health facilities for different reasons of which HIV Counseling and Testing and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) treatment account the major reason. Of the referred, 985 were confirmed reaching the referral site.

The 32 Drop-in-centers (DICs) of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia located in 28 towns in all regional administrations across Ethiopia provided services for 55,008 Female Sex Workers (FSWs) during the reported period. The major services provided by DICs include: resting accommodation, basic literacy, outreach workers, act as a hub for network and referrals to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and care and treatments services, personal hygiene services (shower and cloth washing facilities) and as an outlet for condom and IEC material provision.

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In dealing with the distribution of IEC and promotional materials, the report states that they were distributed through outreach activities, during trainings and events and in drop in-centers. Accordingly, the report states that 5,691 different Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and promotional materials were distributed to the sex workers and other target groups in the reported period.

With regard to cooperatives, the report states that there were 46 Self Help Groups (SHGs) having 252 members. Of these, it elaborates, 41 are legally registered and engaged in income generating activities which include 14 cooperatives engaging in social marketing (condom sale) as additional source of income. According to the report, the amount of profit that the cooperatives made in the reported period is 79,545 birr. It further states that they saved 74,614 birr while accumulating a total capital of 775,149.14. The report also states that the major challenges faced during the period include: budget and activity cut to address stakeholders and other vulnerable groups, lack of promotional materials, shortage of different IEC materials to be distributed during trainings, delay of budget release from the donor side, and resource limitations to diversify DIC services.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:11
 
Urban HIV Prevention Through Brokers Picking up Momentum in Hawassa PDF Print E-mail

The Hawassa urban HIV Prevention Project of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia conducted Annual Refresher training for 40 brokers of domestic workers on HIV prevention issues and available services for domestic workers and selected five broker houses for branding and furnishing in September, 2014.

As locations where domestic workers spend a substantial amount of time before they get employed, the urban HIV Prevention project is working on broker houses as centers of information for the former. Accordingly, the training aimed at raising the awareness of brokers on HIV Prevention and available service provision so that they provide domestic workers with relevant information besides using it themselves.

The refresher training focused on the following topics:

  • Basic facts about HIV/AIDS
  • Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH ) Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs) and Safer Sex
  • Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) (value and its benefit)
  • Stigma and Discrimination

The selection of 5 Broker Houses was also conducted within the same month for Branding and furnishing with IEC/BCC materials to address domestic workers on HIV, GBV, Ois, etc. Selection was conducted as per the criteria to Provide IGA management, basic business skills training, saving and credit training through PLHIV association (30 Female PLHIV Group members).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:15
 
Tangible change of attitude after FC2-training PDF Print E-mail

Four days FC2 or Female Condom training organized by Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia (TLHE) was given for 96 Female Sex Workers at the end of September, 2014 at the Pacific, Ras and Global Hotels. The training were conducted by health professionals from the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) and Family Guidance Association.

The training was given for 49 Female Sex Workers from Yeka/Bole, 24 from Arada/Kirkos and 23 from Akaki Kaliti/Nefas Silk sub-cities. Addis Ababa Central Cluster Coordinator, Dereje Kussa, stated that those who received the training were Female Sex Workers from bars, hotels and the street identified based on outreach work.

Ato Dereje further explained that the training’s aim was to create awareness about female condom and promote its use. Accordingly, he went on to say, the training topics were guided by a manual prepared by DKT Ethiopia that encompasses topics on: general highlight on male and female condoms including their comparison, how do female condoms work, general feature of female condoms including materials from which it is made, size and protection capability, the advantage of the two rings found at the two ends of the female condom, who can use female condom, dual protection of female condom and steps in using female condom. The training finally concluded with a demonstration of its use.

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Ato Dereje also pointed out that the trainers employed Q &A, group discussion and presentation along with demonstrations to encourage participation of trainees. The participation of the trainees, he noted, was very active and commendable.

The major concerns of participants were that a one day training was not enough, that the female condom should be publicized better as their clients should be aware enough for them to start using female condom and that they are concerned about them finding the steps quite difficult to maneuver.

Semira, Yeka/Bole DIC coordinator pointed out that the DIC conducted pre-training test of the participants’ attitude towards female condom to be followed by a post-training test. She said that the results clearly showed that the participants wanted to try the female condom after the training. She stated that most of them even asked and left with some to try.

This is the second round of FC2 training with the first conducted in June, 2014 and encompassing 201 FSW trainees in all five DICs in Addis. As these training aim at acquainting FSWs with female condoms, their unavailability for sale is becoming an issue on its own.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 13:04
 
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