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HIV and Hepatitis C Youth Awareness Project

Project 4: HIV and Hepatitis C Youth Awareness Project for the States of Western, Central, and Eastern Equatoria.

African Onesimus Mission for South Sudan will give information for the youths in Western, Central, and Eastern Equatoria states of South Sudan that will help them make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. We will be working with local schools and health centres on this project. These three states are regions in South Sudan that border Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. During the war, many South Sudanese settled in these states. And because of the constant migration and movements across these borders, there are increased cases of HIV among the youths population in these 3 states.

Hep C

Project objectives and activities:

Objective 1: To help prevent the spread of new infections of HIV and hepatitis C.

Activities:

  • Holding a regional workshop on how HIV is transmitted.
  • Developing public service announcements (PSA) to help prevent HIV and hepatitis C.

Objective 2: To understand what life is like for people infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

Activities:

  • Developing and distribute a learning resource.
  • Writing and performing a community play.

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Expected results:

  • More youth will know more about how to help prevent the spread of new infections of HIV and hepatitis C
  • Youth will better understand what life is like for people infected with HIV and hepatitis C

Tools to be used to measure the outcomes of the project:

  • Workshop attendance and evaluations
  • Feedback from youth, teachers, communities and partners
  • Project records and financial reports.

Resources to be produced during the implementation of the project:

  • A resource about HIV and hepatitis C
  • A workshop for youth about safe practices in relation to the prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission
  • A community play about HIV and hepatitis C written and performed by youth
  • Public service announcements written by youth about HIV and hepatitis C
  • The project results will be disseminated through a written evaluation. It will be given to all stakeholders in the project.

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The overall goal of this project will help youth make good decisions about their health. Youth in these 3 states of South Sudan are at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis C through risky practices. Youth do not have an understanding of how HIV and hepatitis C can affect their lives. This project is needed in these 3 states of South Sudan because more and more youth are being diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis C among the communities in these states. The target audience for this project is the youth between the ages of 15 to 25.

Activities for this project

The project implementation will involve holding educational workshop about risky practices in relation to HIV and hepatitis C transmission and teaching safe practices. A health worker will be brought to deliver the workshop along with a HIV positive speaker, who will use a narrative (story telling) of his or her experience of living with the infection.

HIV workshopTime to run the workshop will range from 45 minutes to 2 days based on the location of the workshop and the complexity of the topics to be discussed. With the exception of conducting educational workshop in class where number of participants will vary, community based workshops will be restricted to 50 participants at a time to get the most out of the workshop. During community based workshops, diversity of the participants will be ensured by recruiting from different tribes, religions, and gender. Ten youths who are identified with potentials will be sent for further trainings in community facilitation and education in relation to HIV and hepatitis C so that they can continue to educate members of their various communities. Travel and accommodation will be provided to the 10 youths.

The project will develop public service announcements (PSAs) to help prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. The PSAs will be written by youth in the community who participated in the workshop. The public service announcements will be made on the local radio station and or be passed by the most commonly used means of passing information in the village. In the case of the local radio station, PSAs will air three times a week for 3 months (12 weeks).

cheering-young-people-south-africaAfrican Onesimus Mission for South Sudan in conjunction with youths will create a community play about HIV and hepatitis C and their associated risks. We hope to work with the local youth groups in the community to develop and deliver this play. Youths will be involved in writing the play, acting in the play and stage managing. This is a great way to engage youth developing something positive for the community.

African Onesimus Mission for South Sudan will also develop a learning resource for youth and teachers, to explore stories of the people infected with HIV and Hepatitis C. The resource will be given to participants in the workshop and to teachers in the region. The resource will have information, stories and handouts for students. It will provide teachers with a resource that can be used immediately in the classroom. African Onesimus Mission for South Sudan will work in collaboration with the local schools to host the workshop and recruit participants; and the local health centres will provide support and workshop assistance as necessary. Both these partners see how this project benefits their organization and the community.

The evaluation of the project will provide information on the number of youths that attended the workshop, the number of times the PSAs play on the local radio station and the number of youths who helped to write the PSAs. The evaluation will also include the workshop evaluations and the resource evaluations from both youths and teachers. We will provide information on the number of youths that participate in the community play and how much time they spend developing and producing the play. We hope that the plays will be well ‐ attended and will report on the number of people who attend.

At the end of this project more youths will know more about how to help prevent the spread of new infections of HIV and hepatitis C. And they will better understand what life is like for people infected with HIV and hepatitis C. This project will promote healthier living for youths in these 3 states. We hope that the workshop, resource, PSAs and the community play will promote safe practices in relation to preventing HIV and hepatitis C infections. We also hope that it will provide youths with the much needed information about HIV and hepatitis C.

Need for the project:

In the last 5 years during the implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) between the government of the Sudan and the South Sudanese rebels (now South Sudan governments), youths have been involved in constant migration and movement across the borders and within the 3 states in search of opportunities. Unfortunately, during these constant movement and migration, many youths also got involved in unsafe practices such as unprotected sex and use of alcohol and other drugs which act as disabling factors. It is well established that these are risk factors for HIV and hepatitis C infections.

Women and children health clinic South-Sudan-smCurrently there is lack of professionals and responsive health care workforce in South Sudan to provide these services as there are more other pressing health issues. In order to be able to help protect themselves, youths need good information appropriate to their culture and geography about the risks involved with these activities. They also need to understand the consequences of risky behaviour in relation to HIV and hepatitis C transmission.

 

Potential partners:

Local community schools and local health centres will be the partners of the African Onesimus Mission for the project. The school will host the workshop and help recruit participants, the health centre will provide support and workshop assistance if necessary. Both these partners see how this project benefits their organization and the community.

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