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Sex Workers Population Size Estimation in 17 Wise Up towns.pdf

Sex workers condition in the Ethiopian context requires immediate attention and priority as the problems they face added with lack of friendly and effective interventions and services are challenging the HIV/AIDS prevention efforts of the nation. One of the programs being implemented in to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among sex workers in Ethiopia is the Wise up program. Wise up is a generic condom promotion and education activity targeting female sex workers (FSWs), their clients and gatekeepers. Wise-Up’s goal is to reduce the transmission of HIV/STIs by increasing condom use among sex workers and clients. It is currently active in 18 towns: Addis Ababa, Assosa, Awassa, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa, Gambella, Harar, Jijiga, Mekelle, Adama, Shashemane, Nekempt, Gonder, Logia, Dessie, Dukem, Assela and Sodo towns. In order to determine the outcomes and impact of the Wise Up program, it was found necessary to know who the program is reaching and what the program coverage of the target population is. This study was therefore carried out to fill the information gaps regarding the estimated population size of sex workers in the aforementioned towns.
The main objectives of the study were
 To estimate the size of the population of female sex workers by type (FSWs) in
17 Wise Up program areas
 To have complete mapping and census of establishments on which commercial
sex work is taking place
 To identify and map the hot spot areas (streets) where sex workers pick up
clients regularly.

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