RIVCHO reaches out to Female Sex Workers

Strengthening HIV Prevention Services for Most At Risk Population (SHiPS for MARPS) in Nigeria is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project, being implemented by a consortium of four with Society for Family Health (SFH) being the lead partner,
In achieving the objective of increased capacity of local stakeholders to implement effective HIV prevention interventions among MARPs and create an enabling environment for service expansion, systems’ strengthening is the identified approach for it. A key activity of the approach is the conduct of the organizational capacity assessment.
The above background informed the basis in which SFH and her partners conducted organization capacity assessment for RIVCHO using the Participatory Assessment and organizational Development Framework (PADEF). Earlier a total of six organizations were selected by SFH among ten organizations visited in Delta State at the familiarization phase and were administered the Participatory Organization Self Assessment Process (POSAP) tools.
The PADEF exercise took place in RIVCHO office on the 17th April, 2013. In attendance were 4 of RIVCHO staff, a board and a community member and the SHiPS for MARPs project team who facilitated the process. A total of 12(8M:4F) took part in the exercise. At the end of the day RIVCHO was chosen as the implementing NGO in Delta State and had her staff trained at Noreigha Hotel Effurun from 30th April to 2nd May 2013. Thereafter implementation commenced.
Implementation which started in May 2013 with mapping of Female Sex Workers (FSW) Communities and advocacy visits to Stakeholders in the FSW Communities has entered its intensive phase.
RIVCHO trained Peer Educators from over twenty Brothels who are currently using the Peer Education Plus model to reach out to their colleagues with RIVCHO’s active support, guide and mentorship. Over three hundred FSWs are been reached through weekly peer sessions, monthly review meetings, regular meetings with the girl’s special boyfriends, brothel owners and other stakeholders. According to Mr Emmanuel Waterway, RIVCHO’s Program Manager, the baseline survey proved that most FSWs are aware of HIV and many use condoms with customers. The problem however is that FSWs do not use condom with special boyfriends and other influencers. Thus the FSW continue to be a major contributor to the spread of HIV in the State.
Waterway said that what RIVCHO is providing is a Minimum Prevention Package that is World Class and it includes Structural Intervention, Behavioral Change Intervention and Biomedical Intervention. The girls he said, have easy access to condoms, on-site HIV counseling and testing, unfettered treatment of STIs etc. RIVCHONEWS salutes staff involved in this all important outreach and looks forward to achieving the aims set out.

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