HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control Directorate

Background

The HIV and AIDS pandemic is the worst health crisis in recorded history. Further, it has clearly moved beyond being primarily a health and psycho-social issue, to an economic and developmental crisis. HIV /AID, not only threatening the lives of individuals, but also has a significant impact on the functioning of the labor market and the national economy as a whole.

Communities of Higher education institutions are among populations groups the most vulnerable groups to HIV infections and SRH problems by virtue of a range of factors such as their age, socio economic, living arrangement, and new environment and so on. It is clearly evident that Higher Education Institutions(HEIs) ,being the critical interface between the labor market and the development of skilled and competent graduates, will not be left untouched by the HIV & AIDS pandemic and SRH problems. In light of this, HIV / AIDS have been identified by Debre-Berhan University (DBU) as one of its priority development goals since its establishment. As a theme it is integrated into many programs such as learning-teaching, research and community services, and may be part of the wider role that DBU as a higher education institution get involved in. To reduce the vulnerability of the university student and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and SRH problems the office is established in 2006 as DBU anti- AIDS and Reproductive health club by the motivation of Health science instructors and good will and belief of DBU president and vice president. In 2008 “THE MILLINIUM HIV/AIDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COMMITTIE” is organized to strengthen the multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS response in the new millennium. In 2009 the AIDS Resource Center is established with 5 computers and a dial up internet with close support from the national AIDS Resource Center (ARC). Since 2010 DBU HAPCO is opened to coordinate HIV/AIDS and Reproductive health activities of the university and the surrounding community. Now the resource center has a total of 31 computers and different printing materials with full internet access. In 2013 a new youth friendly service center is opened in collaborating with different partners. The office also has been providing free call counseling “minlrdawot” on reproductive health and psychotherapy.

VISSION

To see HIV free graduates and university


MISSION

To promote HIV/AIDS prevention, control as well care and support through developing knowledge through high quality and relevant teaching, research and consultancy service to the community


OBJECTIVES

  • To build the capacity of multi sectoral HIV response in DBU
  • To enhance the HIV/AIDS response in the university
  • To reduce risk factors for HIV spread in the university
  • To contribute for the reduction of the national HIV incidence by 50% by 2014/2015
  • To Strengthen community based prevention intervention to address university & surrounding community
  • To Ensure timely generation and utilization of strategic information to enhance evidenced -based decision making of HIV/AIDS response

Activities

Capacity building  

  • Mainstreaming
  • Life skill
  • Grassroots soccer
  • University life/campus life and risky behaviors
  • STI syndrome approach
  • SISTA
  • Palliative care
  • Condom use

Behavioral Intervention

  • Develop targeted HIV prevention message
  • Conduct peer education programs in the university
  • Community conversation
  • Dorm to dorm program on SRH and HIV/AIDS issues
  • Strengthening and management of   services provided by multipurpose kiosk and push cart (condom, leaflets)
  • Weekly SRH and HIV/AIDS talk show in female student’s TV room

Bio Medical Intervention

  • Promote and conduct campaigns on proper and consistent use of condom
  • Expand peripheral outlets of Condom distribution at HEIs
  • Promote & Provide VCT service for university & surrounding community
  • Provide youth friendly service at DBU student clinic
  • Phone counseling on Reproductive health and psychotherapy
  • Increase the accessibility of "Minlirdawot" special and psychotherapy counseling center program by free phone call
  • Availing condoms for university communities
  • Support for vulnerable poor female students (Financial, material)

Ensuring evidence based information to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and SRH problems

  • Conduct Research on HIV/AIDS & SRH
  • Conduct regular (quarterly) review meetings of HIV/AIDS programs at the university

 

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