Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 609
Country/Region: Ethiopia
Year: 2008
Main Partner: Catholic Relief Services
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: FBO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $715,000

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Abstinence/Be Faithful (HVAB): $715,000

This is an ongoing, five-year, Track 1-funded AB activity.

This activity aims to reduce HIV transmission among youth ages 15-29 through increasing the number of

youth and young adults practicing abstinence, secondary abstinence, and mutual fidelity. CRS began

implementing the Avoiding Risk, Affirming Life Program in FY05 with the aim of challenging unhealthy

sexual behaviors that increase young people's vulnerability to HIV. Since that time, the project has

expanded its geographical coverage in partnership with the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat to cover five

diocese/vicariates (Addis Ababa, Harar in Dire Dawa Council and Oromiya Region, Meki in Oromiya

Region, Adigrat in Tigray Region, and Sodo Hosanna in SNNPR).

As of June 2007, CRS reached 88,725 young people with AB prevention messages, which far exceeded

their target. The program currently has over 1,000 peer counselors and volunteers working in churches,

schools and communities. CRS will conduct a mid-term evaluation in early FY08. Using the lessons learned

from this evaluation, CRS will make any needed implementation adjustments under FY08. During the

remaining two years of the program, CRS will focus on ensuring the sustainability of the program by

continuing to train religious leaders, parents, facilitators and peer educators. CRS will also establish and

strengthen more anti-AIDS clubs, conduct supervision monitoring visits, and continue to distribute the

information-education-communication (IEC) materials listed below. In FY08, the program plans to train an

additional 600 individuals in AB in order to reach an estimated 90,000 individuals with AB messages.

The project has three strategic approaches: 1) Training of Catholic religious leaders in HIV/AIDS,

counseling and message delivery; 2) Support to the diocesan Social and Development Coordination Offices

to scale up youth-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and support program and challenge social norms , which

contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS; and 3) Accessing teachers, parents and in- and out-of-school youth

using large scale interactive communication methods. These methods include mass events, In Charge! - a

participatory methodology that helps youth to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, and life skills tools such as

the Youth Action Kit developed by JHU/Health Communication Partnership in Ethiopia.

The project initiated all three strategies in three dioceses in FY05 and FY06 and expanded to two dioceses

in FY07. Three additional tools were added to strengthen targeting of parents and older adults, married

couples and teachers and other peer group leaders. The tools are: 1) We Stop AIDS, a participatory

methodology to mobilize community groups to help discuss and take action to prevent HIV/AIDS; 2) Faithful

House, a counseling tool targeting church-going young people and married couples (developed originally for

Uganda, under the Affirming Life, Avoiding Risk grant and adapted for Ethiopia); and 3) Education For Life,

an in-depth behavior modification process targeting peer counselors and other community leaders.

CRS provides technical assistance to Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (ECS) and their Development

Coordination offices in the different dioceses. The partner provides support in developing annual workplans,

reports, and networks with other faith-based and community-based organizations. CRS supervises and

monitors program implementation and works to build the sustainability of the program.

Subpartners Total: $0
Ethiopian Catholic Church: NA
Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination Office: NA