Photogragh of participant at the HIV/AIDS seminar in south west, nigeria

Nigeria Association of the Blind

Photogragh of participant at the HIV/AIDS seminar in south west, nigeria

Female condom demonstration

PROGRAMS

Photogragh of participant at the HIV/AIDS seminar in south west, nigeria

Condom demonstration

  1. The Project "Making HIV/AIDS & Sexual Reproductive Health Accessible to Blind Adolescents and Youth" is funded by the Children's Fund Charity United Kingdom (UK) coming through the African union of the Blind(AFUB). The project has as it's objectives,

    • To reduce the incidence of HIV&AIDS infection amongst blind and partially sighted youth in Nigeria.
    • To promote access to and inclusion of blind and partially sighted youth in mainstream HIV&AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information, awareness, care, treatment and support programs.
    • To support the achievement of gender equality by the inclusion of at least 60% young blind and partially sighted women and girls in all project activities thereby lessen their social marginalization.

    The project is currently ongoing in three South-Western states Lagos, Ogun and Oyo as the pilot states. We selected and trained thirty(30) blind and partially sighted youth as peer educators. These trained peer educators are expected to reach a minimum of thirty-five blind youth with the information of HIV/AIDS. it is hoped that at the end of the project in December 2013, over a thousand five hundred blind and partially sighted youth and adolescent would have been reached with the information.

    Since inception,we have worked with Hope Worldwide Nigeria(HWWN), the Society for Family Health(SFH)Lagos State AIDS Control Agency(LSACA) and other related Organisations in the mainstream for the success of the NAB HIV/AIDS&SRH project.

    PEER EDUCATORS WORKSHOP

    The peer educators training workshop for the selected blind youth began on Friday, June 8 to Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the Lukham Crown Hotel, Ikorodu Lagos  and ended with the Official launch of the project. The selected youth from the three(3) states i.e. Lagos, Ogun and Oyo were trained and educated on issues of HIV/AIDS and SRH and had the responsibility to impact their peers with the information at the community level.

    The workshop ended with the Official launch of the project. the Executive Director AFUB, the National President NAB, and representatives from mainstream HIV/AIDS Organizations e.g. Society for Family Health(SFH), Hope Worldwide Nigeria(HWWN), Youth Empowerment Foundation(YEF), a representative from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS(LSACA), and other distinguished guests graced the occasion. It was a grande event and the media was also there to cover the occasion.
    The expectations of the participants were met, as they were not only educated about HIV/AIDS but also had practical condom demonstration and had some of the demonstration models given to them to facilitate their community grass root training sessions in their various communities.

    GRASS ROOT COMMUNITY TRAINING
    The trained peer educators have gone into their communities to disseminate the knowledge gained to their peers. These trained peer educators are expected to reach a minimum of thirty-five blind youth with the information of HIV/AIDS.
    They had practical Condom demonstration models(Penal and vagina models) which were used during their condom demonstration  sessions in the various communities. It has enabled blind and partially sighted persons have a vivid knowledge of the use of the condom and they now teach their sighted peers how to correctly use the condom.
    These peer educators have recorded remarkable success.  This is due to the fact that some of them conduct their training sessions in the local languages of their communities such as Yoruba and it's varied dialects as well as interpretations in Hausa and Igbo.

    PRODUCTION OF HIV INFORMATION BOOKLET
    NAB in ensuring the accessibility of these information as contained in the booklets, The HIV information booklets were transcribed into Braille, audio and other assessable format and translations were made in Yoruba and it's varied dialects, Hausa and Igbo. This has served as an effective means of reaching those at the grass root.

    HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING(HCT) IN BLIND CENTERS
    In addition to our sensitization programmes, were HIV Counseling and Testing(HCT). Over a hundred and fifty blind persons were tested in different centers including, Nigeria Farmcraft Center for the Blind, Lagos, Vocational Training Center for the Blind, Oshodi, Lagos and Adeniran Memorial Grammar school Ogbomoso, Oyo state.

    Most recently was an impact assessment of the project in the three states where the project is ongoing. The aim was to assess the impact of the project in the three states and in the various communities where the project is been executed, outlining  the challenges and providing  solutions. Identifying new strategies on how to make our work bigger and better in the coming year and also identifying new areas of need.

     and below are some of the outcomes of the review;

    • There is now an increase in the knowledge of HIV/AIDS amongst the blind.
    • The project has influence behavioural changes amongst the blind for instance, more caution is now taken especially with the use or sharing of sharp objects and some have even bought their own clippers and other personal effects.
    • It made many curious and desirous of knowing their status and this accounted for the encouraging turn out of the people for HCT in the centers where HCT was conducted as part of their session and others went to hospitals for the test.
    • It has helped in correcting misconceptions/myths about HIV/AIDS for instance, a blind boy believed HIV could only be contracted through sex but with this project such misconception was corrected and he was better informed.
    • A peer educator in Lagos educated a family affected by HIV and made the care givers better informed and that helped in reducing the stigmatization that was suffered by that family.
    • The project has exposed blind persons to the practical use of both the male and female condom and they now even teach their sighted peers how to handle and use the condom correctly and consistently which was made possible through the condom demonstration sessions.
    • Their confidence and self esteem has been built.
    • It has enabled them coordinate people and activities more efficiently which has reflected in other aspects of their life's.

    The peer educators ability to speak in public was developed especially those that used to be very shy.

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