The programme, entitled Strengthening Communities’ Responses to HIV/AIDS, will improve access to HIV treatment and services, strengthen the quality of community- and home-based care, and raise awareness and demand for high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable services. It aims to reach more than 900,000 Ethiopians in 300 towns.
Interventions will strengthen the capacity of local civil society organisations to deliver integrated community HIV/AIDS services, including basic and advanced palliative care, HIV counselling and testing, adherence monitoring and defaulter tracing, social support and asset building/economic strengthening.
The programme will further develop and strengthen coordination and referrals between civil society organisations, local government and health facilities. It will also strengthen pre-service training and fellowship programmes for social work and nursing students at local public and private training institutions.
Through a combination of full-time staff and short-term technical assistance, the Alliance will lead the project’s institutional capacity building components and support the home-based counselling and testing, community-based palliative care, and human capacity development components. The institutional capacity building activities will particularly focus on human resource management and community empowerment.
It is planned that the project will learn from Alliance experiences in Uganda and Zambia to adapt the Alliance network model to the Ethiopian context, effectively harnessing the passion and talents of people living with HIV by training them to work with health facilities to improve linkages and referrals to support services for affected communities and individuals.
The Alliance will work with other consortium members International Relief & Development, International Training & Education Center on HIV, and Westat to implement this project, along with Ethiopian national implementing partners Dawn of Hope Ethiopia Association, Hope for Children, Mekdim Ethiopia National Association, and Organization for Social Services for AIDS.
The consortium was awarded the contract under the AIDSTAR 1 mechanism.