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Wise Up: Targeting the Military PDF Print E-mail

Wise Up program, as its major concern to prevent HIV/AIDS and STIs among the most at risk population, arranged a peer education sessions for two consecutive days. The sessions were targeted the security personnels at the prime minister’s office.

The peer education was primarily designed to create a mutual learning and experience sharing stages among the groups of the uniformed services on issues of HIV and STIs. During the sessions several issues concerning the subject were raised and discussed.

Uniformed services, including defense and civil defense forces, are highly vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), mainly because of their work environment, mobility, age and other facilitating factors that expose them to higher risk of HIV/AIDS infection.

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In many countries the AIDS pandemic has affected uniformed personnel far more than civilian populations. Where this is the case, AIDS weaken command structures and compromise the readiness and capacity of the military sector to respond to security threats and instability.

Among the other, the transmission, prevention, medical care, voluntary testing and counseling, safer sex issues were given a great concern. The attendants were also well trained on the basic concepts and mechanisms of peer education which will greatly help them to act as a peer educator on the further prevention programs to be prepared by them. As a result, twenty four trainees from different military rank were certified as a peer educator.

To help police officers understand the situation and needs of the sex workers, this program has also developed strategies to address the police and law enforcement agencies’ negative attitudes and practices. These strategies include educational training and seminars on issues such as harm reduction as well as establishing and maintaining contact with local police officials and justice bodies to raise awareness of the program’s work. Thus, 635 participants of which 461 men and 174 women from the police and persons from the justice office participated last year in the sensitization workshop conducted in all Wise Up Drop In Centers(DICs).

On related notes, since its establishment Wise Up has been giving training to daily laborers, uniformed services, taxi and truck drivers, people with disabilities, in-school youth and people who travel for business and professional work which are mostly considered as potential clients of sex workers and vulnerable to HIV. The regular or non paying clients of sex workers with whom condom use is low are also other vulnerable population groups.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 12:48
 
Collaboration with Ries Engineering PDF Print E-mail

Collaboration with Ries  Engineering Ries Engineering in collaboration with Wise Up program arranged training to the company workers in giving awareness on HIV prevention

The training was arranged by the HIV/AIDS prevention department of the company through their HIV main streaming program and fully focused on creating awareness for their workers in different levels about the transmission, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Ries Engineering engaged in automotive Engineering business and has several permanent and temporary workers operating in different activities in the company. So as one of the highly risk population to HIV/AIDS, Ries Engineering has partnered with Wise Up program to give consciousness to the workers. As a result of the collaboration with the department of the company the training has went well both in facilitating and giving the training for a day.

The training was attended by workers with different levels and duties. It is learned that the training was successful in creating the needed awareness with updated information about HIV/AIDS. It will also be considered as a best experience for the other companies to adapt similar mechanism in order to protect the lives of their work force from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted disease.

Ries Engineering, founded as an independent company in 1965, Ries Engineering S. Co. (RESCO) is the Caterpillar dealer representative for Ethiopia. Prior to that, it was operating as an engineering department of Paul Ries & Sons (ETH) Ltd since 1961.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 August 2013 18:14
 
Snapping Achievement of Cooperatives PDF Print E-mail

Coalition to success has just been made possible by Mekelle and Bahirdar cooperatives. Cooperatives named Aster & Asequale and Elsa & Seferash from Mekelle and Bahirdar respectively managed to produce handmade soaps and efficiently satisfy the demand of Wise Up Drop In Centers.

The 32 Wise Up Drop In Centers are now using the handmade soaps for the sex workers who come to use the Drop In Centers facility daily demand. In nine months of time after a vocational training, these two cooperatives have coped to distribute their product for 28 towns in Ethiopia where the Wise Up Drop In Centers are located.

Mekelle’s Aster & Asequale and Bahirdar’s Elsa & Seferash friendship cooperatives prepare homemade soaps in five different natural flavors namely avocado, orange, papaya, Lemon and guava producing 5,738 soaps in a month time. Seeing the quality and the initiatives by the cooperatives, Wise Up program has purchased the first product and delivered 5,238 soaps for different Drop In Centers office for sex workers sanitation. In addition, to this they are preparing soap design package for future promotion & advertizing their product.

Mekelle  Wise Up office mobilized a resource  from LED project in UNDP  two cooperatives namely Aster & Asequale  partnership cooperative  and Woyni & Eleni self help group to get an amount of 100,000 Birr  to strengthen income generation activities in the month of June/2013.

Having main objectives to improve the economic status of sex workers cooperatives and improve self confidence & self reliance, enterprenial performance of sex workers cooperatives, presently 48 sex workers cooperatives and self help groups are operating. These cooperatives are organized by Wise Up program and supported by partners materially, financially, and providing trainings.

Currently the cooperative activities is working at 8 sub city of Addis Ababa (Arada,kirkos,Addis ketema,Gulelel,Bole,Yeka,Ledeta,kolefe) and 11 regional sites (Bahirdar, Mekelle, Assosa, Diredawa, Harere, Hawassa, Sodo, Adama, Jijiga, Shashemene, Gondar).

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 14:19
 
The Second Wise Up Intake PDF Print E-mail

July 2013: Wise Up program has officially started the new budget year. The second year of Wise Up program has commenced with a better idea and vigor.

Following the annual revision meeting of Wise Up’s first year in Mekelle with more than 130 attendees from 32 Drop- In Centers, Wise Up has came for the second intake.

After discussing the draw backs and accomplishments of the first year, the entire 32 Drop – In Centers has started their new year with the sex workers training.  According to the annual plan of Wise Up July 2013 – June 2014, trainings will be given for 11,040 female sex workers, 3,372 vulnerable individuals, 1,280 police officers, 640 bar owners/managers and Life skill training for 100 sex workers in Self Help Groups (SHGs).

In addition to this, bi-annual meeting for 1,929 stakeholders and 768 coffee ceremony Sessions will take place twice in a month.  Condom promotion events will also be held targeting to reach 192,000 individuals besides four condom sale spots and 102,400 Promotional will be available to the public. Supportive supervision of different activities of the DICs will be conducted in 4 rounds in a year.

In providing a better future to the sex works basic literacy/numeracy and Scholarship program will also be given to develop their personal skill. In addition technical support and capacity building training will be provided.

Most of the first year planned activities are achieved more than 90%. Opening up of three additional DICs in Shire, Robe and D/Markos towns played its own great part in reaching more target groups. Moreover training for bar owners, police officers and stakeholder meetings helped for the smooth implementation of the program. As a result, immediate local solutions started to be given for local challenges and uninterrupted flow of budget to the field offices/DICs also played the great role.

As a generic program of DKT implemented by Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia, Wise Up program is aimed at raising awareness on HIV transmission, prevention and scaling up services for sex workers. The program also aims at empowering sex workers with safer alternative sources of income to reduce dependency on finances raised from commercial sex work which exposes them to HIV infection.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:58
 
Enlightening the minority PDF Print E-mail

Wise Up: On top of getting the customary trainings from Wise Up Drop In Centers on condom use, sexually transmitting diseases and experience sharing among each other, the sex workers become beneficiaries of basic literacy and vocational trainings.

119 sex workers have graduated from the three month program on basic literacy and numeracy program. The program is designed for those who cannot read and write, aiming to enable them to read and write after completing the program. In addition, 12 sex workers from Axum, Harar and Hawassa, who are interested to attend short term vocational trainings, got a sponsor to pursue the trainings.

In the last three month a total of 42, 396 visits were made by the sex workers to utilize the different services of the DICs.

For further health care follow up the referral linkage of Wise Up has also established linkage with local health service providers. Hence, 813 sex workers have received counseling on HIV testing, STI treatment and other related issues in different Wise Up Drop In Centers where 670 sex workers referred to the nearby health facilities majorly for HCT and STI treatment  and for other different reasons. Among the referred sex workers, 463 were confirmed reaching the referral site and got services.

Wise Up has been consistently promoting the use of condoms since its inception. The promotion is done with both educational and entertaining events such as mass gathering, music, drama, quizes, workshops, races, etc in partnership with local circus clubs and music bands, and other local prominent figures. Messages are also transferred through the distribution of different IEC/BCC materials. In relation to this, 52 events were organized and 137,642 individuals estimated reached by the events.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:51
 
Wise Up’s high numbers PDF Print E-mail

Wise Up has trained 2,603 female sex workers in two months time, recruited from different venues and streets. They trained on the basics of HIV/STIs, preventions, appropriate condom use and negotiation skills and other related topics.

From April-June 2013 Wise Up has also trained 1,431(1,009 Male & 422 Female) vulnerable groups which are considered to be as potential clients of sex workers. These includes  daily laborers, house maids, taxi and truck drivers, people with disabilities, in-school youth and people who travel for business and professional work.

To help police officers and law enforcement agencies’ understand the situation and the needs of the sex workers, Wise Up has developed strategies to address the negative attitudes and practices towards sex workers.

These strategies includes educational training and seminars on issues such as harm reduction as well as establishing and maintaining contact with local police officials and justice bodies to raise awareness of the program’s work. Thus, 635 participants (461 Male and 174 Female) from the police and people from the justice office participated in the sensitization workshop conducted in all Drop In Centers.

On the other hand, a total of 777 key stakeholders who came from different institutions attended stakeholders meeting to be oriented about the program, it activities and to advocate for non-violent and non-discriminatory treatment of sex workers.

To give hand for the smooth implementation of the program the stakeholders gathered from hotel/bar owners, representatives from different government offices, local leaders, health facilities and NGOs.  The meeting has also become a good opportunity to promote consistent and correct condom use.

Wise Up is 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). The program is aimed at raising awareness on HIV transmission, prevention and scaling up services for sex workers. The program also aims at empowering sex workers with safer alternative sources of income to reduce dependency on finances raised from commercial sex work which exposes them to HIV infection. The program operates in 28 towns found in all regions of the country by establishing 32 Drop In Centers.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:21
 
Wise Up Recognition night for their excellent achievements PDF Print E-mail

Timret Lehiwote Ethiopia and DKT Ethiopia has prized and recognized the Wise Up family for their extraordinary effort and successful accomplishment.

On June 19, 2013, after the closing of the formal session of the 4th annual summit of Wise Up, it was time to head to Martyers memorial premises, Mekelle for Wise Up award and recognition night.

Martyers memorial premise was decorated by different Streamer hanging in the compound, showing Wise up Drop In Centers activity. The tradional outfits wore by the attendants gave additional light to the night. Waiting to see for the nominees and winners from different categories had been suspense for all the Wise Up staffs.

The categories of Wise Up award was clustered in 12, both in individual and group level; Best Outreach Worker of the Year, Best Team of the Year, Best female outreach worker of the Year, Best DIC of the Year, Best Partnership & Networking Award, Best Wise Up Cooperative, Best Picture of the Year, Exceptional Achievement, Best Concept Note Award (RCBC Award), Best Safer Life 2012, Best Cashier of the Year, TLH Ethiopia Award.

Out of 45 nominees from all the categories, nine of them got best outreach worker award. For the beast team of the year Adigrat has took the Gold medal while Adama took the silver and Mekelle and Dukem took the bronze. Best Drop In Center (DIC) of the Year gold medal award went to Adama when the silver goes to Hawassa, Harar, and Dire Dawa. Adigrat and Akaki/Kality DIC's got the bronze medal.

To encourage female outreach worker from all the DICs, five nominees for the best female outreach worker of the year were selected. Senait Aregawi of Adigrat, Hanna Getachew of Hawassa has took the gold medal and silver respectively while Meron Worku of Shire, Emebet Geda from Shashemene and Tizita Gebeyehu from Arba Minch took the bronze.

From five nomenees in the catagory of Best Wise Up Cooperative Hedase cooperative from Harar took the Gold Medal while the silver medal went to Araya, Asqual & Aster from Shashemene and Mekelle respectively. Berchi of Dire Dawa and Deset of Addis Ketema took the bronze.

Wise Up, award and recognition night has also recognized safer life campaign participants and those with exceptional achievements.

Wise Up staffs has finally gave their appreciation for the best Wise Up leader of the year, Henock Alemayehu, Director of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia.

The program has come to the end by bringing the nominees for the next annual summit host country. Hawassa, Dire Dawa, Harar, Adama were some of the nominees waiting to be nominated.

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 16:27
 
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