Approximately 793,700 Ethiopians are living with HIV, of whom 203,300 are children. The need for care, support and access to treatment has never been more important, especially for young people.
We work with the Organization for Social Services, Health and Development (OSSHD) to provide care and support for people living with HIV, children who have lost their parents to AIDS-related illnesses, and families who need support related to HIV in Ethiopia.
OSSHD has trained pastoral leaders in prevention, care and support and has four free HIV and AIDS information telephone hotlines. They also carry out prevention activities for marginalised groups who are most at risk of HIV infection including sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs. In 2016 they reached 4,200 people with these activities.
OSSHD was part of the Link Up project; an ambitious, five country programme which aimed to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of more than one million young people over three years. In 2016, OSSHD reached over 138,742 people with HIV and SRHR services. OSSHD are continuing their work with young people through the READY Teens programme which focuses on 10-19 year olds living with and most affected by HIV in Burundi, Ethiopia and Uganda.