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Remarkable increase in the number of services is recorded at Wise Up drop in centers PDF Print E-mail

All Wise Up drop in centers are becoming visibly functional. More female sex workers visit the drop in centers daily.

About 30,500 female sex workers gets different drop in center services, which is as twice as the number reached

last quarter, this number is even more than the previous semi-annual figure.  This achievement is made through a

unique and impressive activity of the program to reach the target groups as indicated by the evaluation reports.

Besides the basic services provides to female sex workers, Wise Up drop in centers are serving to host the

following activities

  • Coffee ceremonies
  • Intensification of activities mainly the monthly SWs trainings
  • Availability and distribution of promotional materials
  • Continuous effort in promotion and creating appealing environment like availing sanitation materials, holding events at DICs and edutainment.
  • Last but not least is, proper use of DIC service logbook to record all services provided promptly and submit reports appropriately
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Wise Up drop in centers are set to address the holistic need of female sex workers with minimum cost.

The program continues to reinforce and diversify services to draw female sex workers to Drop In Centers

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:08
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Wise Up Program is extended until 2015 with the budget around 80 Million ETB PDF Print E-mail

“It is the result of collective efforts of last 5 years by all partners of the program and would like to congratulate you all on behalf of DKT Ethiopia and its donors” said Mr Andrew Pillar, Country Director of DKT Ethiopia in his opening remark at the signatory ceremony.

A total amount of 79,230,630 is now allocated for the reinforcement and scale up of the program until June 2015. The money primarily be used to reach 29,4000 sex workers, 4800 stakeholders, 9000 other most at risk population, 1920 bar/venue owners, 3840 police officers and 1440 health facility workers directly in 32 selected towns of Ethiopia of which 15 of them are a newly added operational sites.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 08:31
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Wise Up branding pilot project launched PDF Print E-mail

A while back it was the beverages but nowadays it has become a common sight to find the various beer brands alongside the bars and hotels name in Addis and other regional towns. There will soon be a new entrance to this highly competitive market but it is not a beer brand, it is Wise Up!
With its slogan ‚Let's protect ourselves!‚ and the Wise Up logo and name it reminds the patrons of the bars and other passer by to use condom. It is planned to be posted in all major cities of Ethiopia and so far the pilot project is being implemented in Mekelle and Dire Dawa cities. Thirty five Wise Up brands have been posted in Dire Dawa while Mekelle had twenty five.
The brands made in a reflective orange, red and black colors, includes the Wise Up name and logo alongside the name of the respective bar. The brands are becoming quite popular and if you haven’t seen one please enjoy the following until we come to a bar or hotel in your neighbourhood.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 11:07
 
Mission Director of USAID Mission to Ethiopia visited Shashemene DIC PDF Print E-mail

The mission director of the USAID mission to Ethiopia, other high level staff from the CDC and US Embassy in Addis Ababa as well as delegates from PSI Ethiopia visited a Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia (TLH) drop-in-center in Shashemene on September 16, 2012. The visiting team arrived at 1:00 pm to the DIC where they were welcomed by the program manager of TLH.

The delegate members were briefed about the work TLH has been doing with regards to reaching most-at-risk population groups with HIV prevention interventions. In particular the delegate members were given explanations about the USAID funded MARPs project that phased out recently after three years of operation. Project goal and objectives, major accomplishments made during the implementation period, best practices, lessons learned and on the findings that DICs as a good strategy to reach the primary target groups of the project, i.e. female sex workers were explained in detail.

Drop-in-centers were the main focus of the delegate members’ discussion. Its different functions including the current status of the project after its phase out in May 2012 were explained by the program manger. He explained that following its phase out, TLH conducted a lengthy and taxing lobbying leading to the project being taken over by DKT Ethiopia and the program currently carrying out its activities at all sites.

During their visit the delegate members found 10 sex workers utilizing available services of the DIC and got firsthand experience directly by holding a discussion session with them. They got testimonies of the sex workers regarding the importance of the DIC and what benefit they get from the MARPs project. The delegate members also visited the dry food shop being run by the Self Help Group (SHG) established by former sex workers and they purchased some items while enjoying cups of Ethiopian traditional coffee.

The delegate members were very impressed by the work being done by TLH with regards to the sex workers and the various services provided at the DIC.

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 18:44
 
More than half a million birr provided for former FSW cooperatives and SHGs PDF Print E-mail

One of the activities of TLH’s Wise Up program is providing alternatives for Female Sex Workers (FSW) so that they engage in other income generating activities. After undergoing the appropriate training the FSWs form either cooperatives or Self Help Groups (SHG) with their close friends and start a business of their choice.

In line with that in the last two weeks six (6) former FSW cooperatives and eight (8) Self Help Groups located in Shashemene, Assosa, Arbaminch, Axum, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Harar, Adama and Gondar received a total of four hundred forty four thousand birr (444,000) in the form of seed money as an initial capital.

On the other hand ten (10) FSW cooperatives found in Gondar, Mekelle Jijiga Wolayeta sodo, Shashemene, Asosa and Addis Ababa got a total of one hundred seventy thousand eight hundred and fifty birr (170,850) worth material support that would strengthen their income generating activities. The materials provided for them ranged from electric stoves for baking bread and Injera to television sets, refrigerators, tea/coffee machine as well as plastic chairs and tables.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 17:27
 
Wise Up Social marketers recognized PDF Print E-mail

 

Wise Up Social marketers recognized
The third annual training, experience sharing and recognition ceremony of Social Marketers of DKT Ethiopia was held in Debrezeit (Bisheftu) town for three days in mid July. The three days event had close to 500 youth participants and officials from all parts of Ethiopia.
Amongst these were 35 Wise Up social marketers consisting mainly of former sex workers from nine cities namely Addis Ababa, Nazreth (Adama), Shashemene, Hawassa, Assosa, Mekelle, BahirDar, Harrar and DireDawa. These former sex workers have formed cooperatives after undergoing peer education sessions and other trainings. They have then been engaged in the social marketing activity where they avail condoms to various outlets in their respective areas getting a commission from every sale. In addition to making the door to door sales of condoms, the Wise Up social marketers have also been selling condoms in the 24 hr condom shops Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia has opened for them.
The training and experience sharing sessions which had left the participants fired up about their future condom sales came to a conclusion after rewarding the outstanding sales people with prizes including Bajaj and bicycles. Eight former sex workers’ cooperatives got bicycles. They are Addis Hiwot, Habeshigna Edget Behibret and Nikat from Addis Ababa, Hidase from Harar, Egnan Eyu from Nazreth (Adama), Araya from Shashemene, Hiwot from Bahir Dar.

The third annual training, experience sharing and recognition ceremony of Social Marketers of DKT Ethiopia was held in Debrezeit (Bisheftu) town for three days in mid July. The three days event had close to 500 youth participants and officials from all parts of Ethiopia.

 

Amongst these were 35 Wise Up social marketers consisting mainly of former sex workers from nine cities namely Addis Ababa, Nazreth (Adama), Shashemene, Hawassa, Assosa, Mekelle, BahirDar, Harrar and DireDawa. These former sex workers have formed cooperatives after undergoing peer education sessions and other trainings. They have then been engaged in the social marketing activity where they avail condoms to various outlets in their respective areas getting a commission from every sale. In addition to making the door to door sales of condoms, the Wise Up social marketers have also been selling condoms in the 24 hr condom shops Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia has opened for them.

 

The training and experience sharing sessions which had left the participants fired up about their future condom sales came to a conclusion after rewarding the outstanding sales people with prizes including Bajaj and bicycles. Eight former sex workers’ cooperatives got bicycles. They are Addis Hiwot, Habeshigna Edget Behibret and Nikat from Addis Ababa, Hidase from Harar, Egnan Eyu from Nazreth (Adama), Araya from Shashemene, Hiwot from Bahir Dar.

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 18:44
 
TLH at the 19th AIDS Conference in Washington DC PDF Print E-mail

A study developed by TLH Ethiopia and its International and Local partners has been chosen to be presented on the 19th AIDS Conference in Washington DC that takes place from the 22-28July,2012.

The study developed jointly by TLH Ethiopia’s Wise Up Program, UNDP, Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, sampled three Wise Up operational sites. It shows that since we started our unique intervention program on police officers, venue owners and other gatekeepers the violence on sex workers has reduced significantly and legal services have been availed through referral linkages with Woman Affairs Bureau at all levels nationwide.

Taking this opportunity we would like to extend our gratitude for our good friend and mentor Cheryl Overs who lead the study for the whole three years, Rotaractor Beza Alemayehu (Henock’s sister) who assisted the ground work, TLH Ethiopia and Wise Up Program staff and above all the sex workers who participated in the study.

And finally, warm gratitude to our prime donor of Wise Up Program, DKT Ethiopia that partially covered TLH’s expense of the Conference and helped us to share our best practices to the World!

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 18:44
 
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