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Presented by: Ms. Joy Mary Millo,
Assisted by: Ms.Selestine Otom,
07/21/14
07/21/14
Nothing for the Youths without the
Youths 2
P.O BOX 5150-00200,
NAIROBI
Website: www.usalamaafricanwomen.org
Face...
 Usalama is a Women Rights’NGO whose
Objective is to Empower Women and
Girls’ through program interventions in
the follow...
 To promote the youths’ participation in
HIV and AIDS program interventions at
all levels.
 To reduce Stigma and Discrim...
 To reach out to the hard to reach youth
populations especially;
i. Youths living in the urban slums
ii. Youths out of sc...
 Despite being a Women and Girls’ NGO,
Usalama’s Health/ASRH unit targets both
boys and girls in the interventions.
 Con...
 The youth support groups do not
have any formal structure
 Youths meet bi-weekly in an agreed
location and at agreed ti...
 Usalama’s field volunteers are in charge of
monitoring the groups’ activities and gives
feedback to the office for follo...
 Once quarterly, the support group
members meet with Usalama senior
management team to discuss their
progress.
 Boys and...
MALES
1. Nairobi County -
120
2. Siaya -260
3. Migori- -210
Totals= 590
FEMALES
1.Nairobi County – 245
2. Siaya - 411
3. M...
 In both the three Counties, more females than males
youths are members of the support group.
 The gender discrepancy in...
1. Policy Advocacy
 Usalama engages in Health/ASRH Policy
advocacy and review processes aimed at
influencing programmes, ...
2. Behavior Change Communication
 We mobilize and engage the community youths
through social programs like boys vs. girls...
COMMUNITY BASED SENSITIZATION THROUGH USALAMA’s FEMALE LED
SKIT, CALLING FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE ON WOMEN WITH HIV BY THEIR...
3. Youth Capacity building through Community
based HIV and AIDS’ & GBV trainings.
 We believe in empowering the youths wi...
ONE OF USALAMA’S COMMUNITY BASED YOUTH HIV SENSITIZA TION OUTREACH:
USALAMA CEO GIVING THE YOUTHS SOME INSIGHTS.
(FEB.2014...
 Usalama believes that an HIV free generation is
possible but only if we engage youth networks in
HIV intervention progra...
 Sexual violence particularly (rape and
defilement), fuels the spread of HIV in
our communities.
 Advocacy, community aw...
USALAMA MEMBER SPEAKS TO THE COMMUNITYABOUT THE NEED TO REPORT RAPE WITHIN 72 HRS TO
PREVENT HIV , OTHER STIs AND UNWANTED...
 Over the few years of implementation,
documentation of the best practices has constantly
enabled us to know and learn ab...
 Youth members of the support groups are in a
better position to take control of their lives by
making informed choices f...
 Support group members adopt positive living styles
thereby reducing self and external HIV stigma.
 Unknown number of yo...
 Support group members have been
empowered to speak and advocate for
themselves;
 Some of the youths sit in the
Constitu...
 Lack of access to funding as most donors
prefer to channel HIV psycho-social support
related funds through the Comprehen...
 Diversity in social-economic classes among the
youths make it difficult to categorize them as
one class of client. There...
 Young members heading house-holds often miss
support group sessions due to lack of time, owing
to demands of house-hold ...
 Lack of youth friendly HIV services discourages many
young people from accessing Care and Support services.
Youths in th...
 Support programmes that are committed
to provision of Support group services to
the youths infected and affected by HIV
...
07/21/14
Nothing for the Youths without the
Youths 29
 Youth friendly Health and HIV service
provision is inevitable in t...
 Promote and sustain sustainable
livelihoods and income generation
projects specifically for the youths
living with HIV; ...
MAKE OUR SCHOOLS AND LEARNING INSTITUTIONS SUPPORTIVE
SAFE-SPACES FOR THE YOUTHS INFECTED AND AFFECTED BY HIV .
07/21/14
N...
WWW.USALAMAAFRICANWOMEN.
ORG
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR YOUR
TIME!
I WAS YOUR PRESENTER,
Ms.JOY MARY MILLO
07/21/14
Nothing f...
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EMPOWERING THE YOUTHS INFECTED AND AFFECTED BY HIV & AIDS THROUGH COMMUNITY BASED PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

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EMPOWERING THE YOUTHS INFECTED AND AFFECTED BY HIV & AIDS THROUGH COMMUNITY BASED PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

  1. 1. Presented by: Ms. Joy Mary Millo, Assisted by: Ms.Selestine Otom, 07/21/14
  2. 2. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 2 P.O BOX 5150-00200, NAIROBI Website: www.usalamaafricanwomen.org Face book: Usalama Dignity Twitter: @Usalama African
  3. 3.  Usalama is a Women Rights’NGO whose Objective is to Empower Women and Girls’ through program interventions in the following sectors:  Education  Economic Empowerment  Health including; (SRH,ASRH)Advocacy  Gender Equity and Human Rights 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 3
  4. 4.  To promote the youths’ participation in HIV and AIDS program interventions at all levels.  To reduce Stigma and Discrimination of the young people infected with HIV and AIDS.  To promote positive living and adoption of healthy life-styles among the youths infected with HIV. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 4
  5. 5.  To reach out to the hard to reach youth populations especially; i. Youths living in the urban slums ii. Youths out of school iii. Illiterate youth population whose communication needs are unique and special. iv.Youths made orphaned and vulnerable by HIV and who spend most of their time indoors performing parental roles. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 5
  6. 6.  Despite being a Women and Girls’ NGO, Usalama’s Health/ASRH unit targets both boys and girls in the interventions.  Contrary to World Health Organizations’ definition of youths as persons aged 10-24 years, Usalama’s HIV program targets all persons;(15-35) with youth behavior characteristics as youths. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 6
  7. 7.  The youth support groups do not have any formal structure  Youths meet bi-weekly in an agreed location and at agreed time.  During the meeting, they share their life experiences and issues affecting young people infected and affected by HIV in the community 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 7
  8. 8.  Usalama’s field volunteers are in charge of monitoring the groups’ activities and gives feedback to the office for follow up.  If there is need for referral, the concerned support group member will be accompanied to Usalama's office to be referred to the appropriate service provider;(Medical, psycho-social or legal). 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 8
  9. 9.  Once quarterly, the support group members meet with Usalama senior management team to discuss their progress.  Boys and girls are equally targeted by the support groups interventions. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 9
  10. 10. MALES 1. Nairobi County - 120 2. Siaya -260 3. Migori- -210 Totals= 590 FEMALES 1.Nairobi County – 245 2. Siaya - 411 3. Migori - 520 Totals=1,176 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 10
  11. 11.  In both the three Counties, more females than males youths are members of the support group.  The gender discrepancy in both two rural set ups; Migori and Siaya for the males and females is even higher.  In general, more female youths are members of the support groups than males. Many reasons could be given like; the different gender roles males and females play, male attitude towards HIV services among others.  More youths in the rural appreciate support groups more than those in the urban. Why? 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 11
  12. 12. 1. Policy Advocacy  Usalama engages in Health/ASRH Policy advocacy and review processes aimed at influencing programmes, planning and budgeting to be youth friendly.  We are committed to advocating for youth friendly HIV and ASRH programmes and Policies.  We prioritize on engaging decision makers to understand the importance and impact of youth Health and ASRH at all levels. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 12
  13. 13. 2. Behavior Change Communication  We mobilize and engage the community youths through social programs like boys vs. girls’ football matches; during such events, we promote/convey behavior change messages.  Through community based art groups like; skits and, music and dances, We relay life-skills messages.  Through social media; Usalama’s face-book has a youth page that targets the youths with key information on HIV and AIDS. Same to twitter. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 13
  14. 14. COMMUNITY BASED SENSITIZATION THROUGH USALAMA’s FEMALE LED SKIT, CALLING FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE ON WOMEN WITH HIV BY THEIR SPOUSES; (Nairobi’s Dandora Estate, Dec.2013) 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 14
  15. 15. 3. Youth Capacity building through Community based HIV and AIDS’ & GBV trainings.  We believe in empowering the youths with HIV and AIDS related information to help them make informed life choices.  Trainings are tailor made in the languages that most befits the diverse category of the youths we train.  During the trainings, we engage the youths in role plays and assign them tasks to perform in the community once they accomplish the trainings. Usalama does a follow up on their progress. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 15
  16. 16. ONE OF USALAMA’S COMMUNITY BASED YOUTH HIV SENSITIZA TION OUTREACH: USALAMA CEO GIVING THE YOUTHS SOME INSIGHTS. (FEB.2014). 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 16
  17. 17.  Usalama believes that an HIV free generation is possible but only if we engage youth networks in HIV intervention programmes at all levels thus, nothing for the youths without the youths.  HIV is a multi-faceted problem; Usalama believes and works towards building partnerships, networks and alliances with NGOs, CBOs, the government and individuals with same visions to make a World a Safe-space for every person. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 17
  18. 18.  Sexual violence particularly (rape and defilement), fuels the spread of HIV in our communities.  Advocacy, community awareness and sensitization are Usalama’s key interventions.  We facilitate referals of GBV survisors for psycho-social, legal and medical services.  Usalama facilitates support groups for survivors of sexual gender based violence. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 18
  19. 19. USALAMA MEMBER SPEAKS TO THE COMMUNITYABOUT THE NEED TO REPORT RAPE WITHIN 72 HRS TO PREVENT HIV , OTHER STIs AND UNWANTED PREGNANCIES. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 19
  20. 20.  Over the few years of implementation, documentation of the best practices has constantly enabled us to know and learn about our milestones and misses.  Strong community presence has enabled this to happen at Usalama; the key reason we are riding on and on against the tough challenges of resources.  This is evident by the feedback and appreciation we get from our community liaisons, partners and beneficiaries. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 20
  21. 21.  Youth members of the support groups are in a better position to take control of their lives by making informed choices for example; drug adherence, protected sex and healthy lifestyles.  Young persons living with HIV are a greater resource for prevention of new HIV infections among the youths through, peer education and behavior change communication. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 21
  22. 22.  Support group members adopt positive living styles thereby reducing self and external HIV stigma.  Unknown number of young people have been persuaded to visit VCT by the support group members.  Through the support group members, Usalama has documented the challenges facing the young people living with HIV, and shared out with stakeholders implementing youth HIV programmes. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 22
  23. 23.  Support group members have been empowered to speak and advocate for themselves;  Some of the youths sit in the Constituency, District and, National AIDS’ committees.  Are meaningfully involved in Usalama’s HIV community outreach work. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 23
  24. 24.  Lack of access to funding as most donors prefer to channel HIV psycho-social support related funds through the Comprehensive Care Clinics(HIV clinics),in formal counseling set ups which unfortunately, many young people find difficult to visit.  Fear of HIV Stigma is still a fear factor among many young people making them not want to associate with HIV services. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 24
  25. 25.  Diversity in social-economic classes among the youths make it difficult to categorize them as one class of client. There are; -literate, -illiterate, -youth in and, out of school, -young adolescent single mothers each of them requiring to belong just where they belong. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 25
  26. 26.  Young members heading house-holds often miss support group sessions due to lack of time, owing to demands of house-hold duties and responsibilities. This is evident in Migori and Siaya Counties.  Poverty and un-employment among youths living with HIV further complicates their vulnerability to HIV &AIDS. Youths in this category present more problems;(in the support groups),relating to basic needs compared to the others. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 26
  27. 27.  Lack of youth friendly HIV services discourages many young people from accessing Care and Support services. Youths in the rural homes are disproportionately affected by this challenge.  There are very few networks and support groups of young people living with HIV across the Country. The few available support group services for the youths are only found in urban areas; Consequently, a large number of young people in need of support have not been reached. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 27
  28. 28.  Support programmes that are committed to provision of Support group services to the youths infected and affected by HIV and AIDS country-wide.  Promomote the formation of new youth support groups while strengthening the existing ones.  Actively and meaningfully involve the youths in HIV intervention services; nothing for the youths without the youths. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 28
  29. 29. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 29  Youth friendly Health and HIV service provision is inevitable in the zero AIDS’ campaigns. Establish youth friendly VCTs across the country.  Empower youths with HIV information to enable them make informed healthy choices about their lives. We do not want decisions made on our behalf.
  30. 30.  Promote and sustain sustainable livelihoods and income generation projects specifically for the youths living with HIV; Due to health and socio-economic constraints, young people with HIV cannot equally compete with their un-infected counterparts in the job markets. 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 30
  31. 31. MAKE OUR SCHOOLS AND LEARNING INSTITUTIONS SUPPORTIVE SAFE-SPACES FOR THE YOUTHS INFECTED AND AFFECTED BY HIV . 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 31
  32. 32. WWW.USALAMAAFRICANWOMEN. ORG THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME! I WAS YOUR PRESENTER, Ms.JOY MARY MILLO 07/21/14 Nothing for the Youths without the Youths 32

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