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HIV prevention among sex workers in the city of Goma, D.R.Congo

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AGIR Ensemble

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

HIV infection has become a real health problem worldwide and particularly in the Sub-Sahara region. In this region, 22.5 million people live with HIV (68%), among them 1.8 million are newly infected. There are 2.5 million children living with HIV worldwide and more than 90% are living in Sub-Sahara region. Among these children, more than 90% are infected by the mother to child transmission mode.

In D.R.Congo, women sex workers are among the most at risk population, as they are marginalized and do not have access to information on methods to prevent HIV. A survey has shown that more that 80% of women sex workers do not use condoms during sexual intercourse.

Specifically in DRC, most people do not have access to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and those who have access to it do not benefit from the current proven protocol of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Some mothers continue using single dose of nevirapine (NVP), while some stop taking anti-retroviral drugs (ARV) after 1 week but continue breast feeding, etc.

That is why this program is very important as it aims to overcome challenges and help health professionals and the at-risk population to have access to HIV prevention services. In the long term, we target to change behaviour, increase condoms use level and decrease the number of HIV new infection.

What is your project and how will it help?

To promote usage of condoms among women sex workers in Goma city. This will contribute to the UNAIDS goal of 0 new infection, 0 discrimination and 0 death from HIV infection.

a. To identify 60 women sex workers in Goma city and regroup them in 3 taskforces for different parts of the city in 2 months.
b. To hold 3 sessions of workshop with attendance of 20 women sex workers per session by 1 year. Each session will lead to a leader / group representative.
c. To create a taskforce leaders group among women sex workers who will inspire their colleagues to habitually use condoms during sexual intercourse by 1 year.
d. To collect and analyze data of the level of condoms usage among women sex workers in Goma during the workshop meetings by 1 year.

Activities and strategies:

a. Identifying women sex workers

This will be the first activity of the project during the first 2 months. We have a pastor who usually meets with sex worker for bible predication and we will use this opportunity to meet them and invite them to workshop sessions. This identification will be done in 2 phases: 1st month 30 women and 2nd month 30 women. We will select women who have leadership character and with the ability to gather and speak to others. Each event will be attended by 60 women.

b. Holding three sessions of workshops

Three sessions of workshops will be held and each workshop will last 2 days. The workshops will be attended by 20 women sex workers, 1 representative of HIV National Program-North Kivu Province, 4 people from AGIR ENSEMBLE (1 director of the workshop and 3 organizers) and 3 presenters. Total number of participants: 28 per session. For 3 sessions: 84 participants.

c. Creation of task forces leadership groups

After each workshop, we will take a 3rd day to launch the office representative for each part concerned, and inspire them to meet each month to evaluate the degree of condoms usage and talk among themselves to improve the HIV prevention and to protect their clients. In total 3 groups will be created.

d. Data collection and analysis

During each session of workshop, a questionnaire survey will be distributed to the 20 women sex workers to know the level of condoms use among them and analysis will continue until the end of the project period. The findings of the survey will be available to the participants, Agir Ensemble, PNMLS, and will be published in an international conference on HIV/AIDS.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

People can partner with us by providing funding.

We will work with WHO-Goma, National program of HIV office of Goma and the reproductive health division of North Kivu province for monitoring & evaluation.

We seek donation of funding, equipments and tools, and volunteers.

Please detail the resources that you need.

We need funding for the project (total budget USD 89,030), equipments, resources and tools (condoms, awareness materials, etc), and volunteer skilled staff to train our local staff. Please refer to the attached detailed project proposal.

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Congo (Democratic Republic of the)

Global issues

HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, health and medical


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