The Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) said the efforts made during the past five years to curb the speared of HIV/AIDS have yielded remarkable results.
With more than half of all Ethiopian adults tested for HIV in the past five years and a campaign for behaviour change in place, specialists are now calling for a more targeted approach.
More than 565,000 people have received Voluntarily Counseling and blood Testing (VCT) in South Ethiopia Peoples State over the last six months, state’s health bureau said.
Care and support services are provided to people living with HIV and other affected population groups mainly orphans and vulnerable children. This includes services like nutritional, psychosocial, legal, educational, health, economic, and palliative care, based on the type of beneficiaries. To be accessible to larger group of eligible beneficiaries, as well as to ensure quality and sustainability, it is important that there is growing involvement of the community, linkage of other supports with income generating activities, and to standardize the provision of the services to the intended beneficiaries. All of these issues are well addressed and are under implementation as stated under this thematic area.
Strengthen the involvement of local communities in care and support
Enforce the provision of standardized care and support to OVC and PLHIV
Strengthen income generating activities to sustain the program