1. New Partnership Initiative (NPI):the project compromises three different components inorder to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and care activities: Abstinence and be faithful (AB), OVC and Palliative Care (PC) services.
Funding agency: USAID through NCMI
Total Budget: 4,200,097 USD
Operational areas: Oromia region at Jimma (Sokoru,Gomma, and Jimma/Kersa sites), Illubabora (Bedele and Metu sites), and East Wollega (Nekempte town) Zones. The AB and Palliative care projects were also implemented in prison settings.
2. Presidential Malaria Initiative / Malaria Communities Program: Pregnant women, Children under fives and People Living with HIV/AIDS living in malaria endemic districts were targeted by this project.
Funding agency: USAID through Presidential Malaria Initiatives(PMI)
Total Budget: 21,626,152 Birr
Operational areas: three zones of Oromia Region: Jimma, and East Shewa and IlluAbabora zones.
Period: September 2008-September 2012.
3. Last 10 Kilometer /JSI (L10K RMNCH): Reproductive, Maternal Neonatal Child Health (RMNCH) Project
Funding agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Total Budget: 2,507,441 Birr .
Operational areas: Nada, Gomma,Dedo and Seka Chekorsa districts.
Period: July 2009-Sept 2013.
4. Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC)-Yekokeb Berhan Project
Funding agency: USAID through PACT.
Total Budget: 47, 230,285 Birr
Operational areas: 22 town of Oromia and SNNP regions
5. MULU Most At Risk Populations (MARPS) HIV Prevention Program
Funding agency: USAID through Population Service International (PSI).
Total Budget: 8,698,235 Birr
Operational areas: Oromiya (Robe, Goba, Jimma, and Agaro zones) and Southern Nation and Nationality Peoples (SNNP) Regions.
Period: November 2012-September 2016
6. USAID TransACTION: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care services Program
Funding agency: USAID through Save The Children
Total Budget: 22,508,850 birr
Operational areas: Oromia Region at Western corridor: (Ghimbi, Nekemt Buorayu, Holota, Ejere, Ambo, Gedo, Backco, Sire, Nedjo, Mendi, Ghinchi zones).
Period: Jan 28, 2011-2014 .
First and foremost, I would like to pass my heartfelt thanks to USAID and Save the Children International for partnering with our organization in implementing USAID TransACTION Program: prevention and care services for Most at Risk Mobile Populations and for the unreserved financial and technical support and cooperation.Equally, I would like to thank the government stakeholders at all levels for the unlimited collaboration and support during the Program implementation. I would also like to pass my thanks to the community members, structures, target groups and our staff who have shown unrestricted commitment for successful implementation of this program.
in Ethiopia as an organizational mission. Moreover, as an organization FIDO operates in accordance with core values include integrity, accountability, community based, partnership, compassion, transparency and respect District levels that enabled us to secure our offices free of charge Since its establishment, FIDO has been actively engaging in different development and humanitarian activities in collaboration with government and different non government organizations emphasizing on community health, livelihood, child and youth development and gender mainstreaming; so as to support beneficiaries to cope with the socio-economic problems existing in the community. FIDO has experiences implementing different projects and programs in Oromiya, SNNP, Somali and Gambella regional states.
In my view, USAID TransACTION Program: prevention and care services for Most at Risk Mobile Populations implementation modalities have strengthened our organization to work closely with all concerned stakeholders. We have learned a lot on how to engage the community and all relevant stakeholders from this program and also have created irreplaceable capacity on the area to our organization. Moreover, as the program designed tailored and friendly prevention information communication education and behavioral change communication materials, and Comprehensive prevention service packages, it has achieved the objectives as witnessed by the beneficiaries’ testimony in this success stories booklet.
I hope the town level HIV/AIDS committees (HAC) strengthened and/ or established, and capacity building activities which has been provided to those HIV/AIDS committees will enable them to continue the program in the absence of the program’s support. Finally, I would like to call all concerned bodies in the towns to stand on the side HIV/AIDS committee and contribute to the effort so as to sustain the program.
Letebirhan is a 29 year-old married woman living Nedjo town. She was tested for HIV and found positive in the year 2012. “As a married woman I have always wanted to have a child free from the virus. Unfortunately, due to my lack of awareness and support, the first child was born with HIV virus and didn’t live long enough to fulfill my dream. When I got pregnant for the second time I was still devastated by the loss of my first child. Consequently I was restless by wondering and thinking about how to give birth to a healthy child” .
Tsedalech Esho is a 30-year-old woman living in the city of Nekemte. Before joining TransACTION’s self-saving group, she was supporting herself by selling local alcohol. She had no knowledge about saving, basic accounting, or basic business skills. In addition, she didn’t understanding how HIV and STIs are transmitted.
Tsedalech was targeted by the HIV/AIDS committee as an at-risk person for contracting HIV and was invited to attend trainings on peer education and savings to improve her situation. After attending the sessions, she voluntarily tested for HIV and STIs and was found to be HIV positive. She decided to disclose her status to her community because she wanted to help others by telling them about her own experience.
pic 1. Almaz at her small shop
pic3. Tsedalch working in her beauty salon
She is now adhering to her medications and has opened up a successful beauty salon.
“I would like to give my thanks to Save the Children and FIDO for implementing TransACTION program in Nekemte town, for giving me the opportunity to know my status, teaching me about positive living and acquire the necessary skill about saving,. I have changed my business now to beauty salon- which is better in income and safe” .
“I am not just supporting myself - I have created jobs in my beauty salon for two people. In addition, I am renting video cassettes and serving tea and coffee in order to expand my business.”
“I have been involved in TransACTION since 2013. I have passed through peer education sessions on how to do safe sex, where and why to get clinical services and trained to do my own income generating activity. I was tested for HIV for the first time after I started the sessions here in TransACTION program. So, I know myself now.”
Melat has stopped the CSW business completely and started a new chapter of life as a married woman. She is a peer educator for the TransACTION program in Mendi town. She is very grateful to the program and the HIV prevention committee of the town for the support she has been receiving.
“Currently, I am not doing sex for money…. there are a lot of options to make money. I am married, very happy, and feel safe. I am trained, saving, and serving coffee and tea as income generating activity. I earn enough money to support our
Almaz admits that she had no idea how to save money, but now attributes her current success in saving money and opening a small business to the training. She is happy to be working in a safer environment and describes her new situation as something she had
never imagined before: “I am determined and full of hope to become a successful micro business operator by using the training I got on saving money and financial management. For sure I will be successful as I am in a safer business now and the future is much better.”
“Currently I am leading a good life and I volunteer in providing trainings for women living in the town. In the past, my life was filled with hardship. I was the one who was supporting my family by generating income from local alcohol business without a proper knowledge about savings and business. I used whatever little money I got to educate my children.”
“I would like to thank Bako’s town HAC, Save the Children, and FIDO for showing me the way to change my life and for giving
me the opportunity and proper training on how to save money and establish a better business. Above all, I am happy and relieved to know my HIV status.”
pic2. Melat serving tea at her small Cafeteria
Pic 5. Semagni serving coffee
pic 4. W/ro.Letebrihan Breast feeding her second child
“I was highly vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS and STI due to the nature of my work; working in local drink house. Hence I am grateful for TransACTION program as it shows me the way to lead my life without any or very low risk.”
Almaz lives in a town called Nedjo, which is part of FIDO’S TransACTION program in the western corridor. As a person at risk of developing HIV, Almaz had the opportunity to participate in the town’s HIV/AIDS committee (HAC) under the TransACTION program. This program includes economic strengthening training, including savings groups and basic small business training. Almaz was a strong participant in the trainings and now has opened up her own shop.
Semagni is a 30-year-old mother of two children who lives in the town of Bako.
“I was so concerned about my status of HIV/AIDS and STI. So, I used free coupon that was prepared by TransACTION for Life program to get tested for both HIV/AIDS and STIs after participating in the peer education program.”
“After hearing the result of being HIV negative I was so happy! So, I started to plan for the future and decided to have an attitude change as well”.
Semagni has received training on how to save money with her peers and has started a better job by using the savings in order to change her and her family’s life. With the support of Bako’s town government and FIDO, she and 9 other peer members havereceived a plot of land suitable for commercial activity. They started a bakery business and now sell various biscuits, baked goods, and handmade coffee.
Melat is 23 years old and was born in the town of Jima. She started working in commercial sex in 2008, after she failed 7th grade, mostly due to financial problems. She started working as a commercial sex worker in Mendi town, which is known for mineral resources and coffee plantations. This town has attracted various businesses which have contributed to higher numbers of formal and informal transactional sex. USAID and Save the Children, working with FIDO, selected this town as one of the “hot spot” areas for intervention in January 2012. By the time TransACTION started working in the town, Melat had already been working as a commercial sex worker for four years; however, she was targeted by the HIV Prevention Committee of the town within their first year.
Shortly after Letebirhan was pregnant for the second time, FIDO’s TransACTION Care and Support Group reached out to her and
taught her about prevention of mother-to-child transmission. This program has helped her through consultation and education on how to raise and care for her child and how to adhere to her ARTs.
“My dream came true with TransACTION! I gave birth to a healthy baby boy and now I know how to raise and care for my child…
I am taking my medication regularly. Now I am happy and grateful since my dream is fulfilled. I thank all who have been involved in TransACTION program and changed my life.”
USAID TransACTION program is among the program which has been implemented by FIDO. The goal of the program is to prevent new HIV and STI infection among most at risk populations (MARPs) through strengthening linkages to care and support services in towns and commercial hot spots areas along or linked with the major transportation corridors. FIDO has been implementing the program in the western transportation corridor of 12 towns, namely Burayu, Holeta, Addis Alem, Ginchi, Ambo, Gedo, Bako, Sire, Nekemte, Gimbi, Nedjo and Mendi. The duration of the program is from January 25 2012 to February 28/2014. The Program’s target groups are most risk mobile populations (MARPS) such as Commercial sex workers (CSWs), Daily laborers, MARP people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV), Waitress, Long distance truck drivers and Petty traders.
1. Addis Mela le-Hiwot :-Targeting commercial sex workers
2.AddisMela le-Sket:- Targeting male and Female daily laborers’
3. Addis Mela Le-Guzo:- Targeting truck drivers
4. Addis Mela Le-Idget- Targeting waitresses
5. Addis Mela Le—Tesfa:- Targeting people live with HIV