Approximately 710,000 Ethiopians are living with HIV, of whom 62,000 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 (around 500,000) 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. In 2017, they reached more than 203,000 people with HIV prevention activities. They have also used innovative methods to reach people with testing and treatment. In 2017, OSSHD provided over 7,000 people with self-testing, and over 60,500 people with differentiated antiretroviral treatment (ART) delivery models.
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 2017, OSSHD reached over 43,800 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.