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All About YEDI 2018 World AIDS Day

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BACKGROUND

World AIDS Day is commemorated annually on the 1st December. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to “unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.” The day was first marked in 1988 making it the first ever global health day. This year is the 30th anniversary since the HIV virus was first identified in 1984.  World AIDS Day is important because it is an opportunity to remind the public and Government that HIV is still here with us – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight stigmatization, provide access to HIV testing services and treatment and improve education.

THE THEME FOR 2018: #KNOWYOURSTATUS

GOOD NEWS

This A recent report by UNAIDS (The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) shows that 75% of people living with HIV knew their HIV status in 2017, up from 66% in 2015. That is some great news. According to the same report, the number of people living with HIV who don’t know their status fell from a third to a quarter in three ‘short’ years. That’s great news too. Worldwide, the percentage of people living with HIV who are virally suppressed has increased significantly, from 38% in 2015 to 47% in 2017. That again is some good news. Technology has

A LITTLE BIT OF BAD NEWS – the scary statistics

More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. The UNAIDS report (titled: Knowledge Is Power - KNOW YOUR STATUS, KNOW YOUR VIRAL LOAD), reveals that an estimated 9.4 million living with HIV are not aware.

But access is mixed. In some parts of the world, getting a viral load test is easy—it is fully integrated into a person’s treatment regime—but in other places, it is close to impossible, with only one viral load machine for the entire country.

To reach the 90–90–90 targets, including the target of ensuring that 90% of people on treatment have a suppressed viral load, we have to redouble our efforts to reach the millions who are not aware of their HIV status and to reach the millions who are not virally suppressed.

HIV TESTING SAVES LIVES

A recent report by UNAIDS shows that an estimated 9.4 million people are not aware (they do not know) that they are living with the virus. That means they cannot even begin any treatment because they don't know.  

THE EARLIER, THE BETTER

Once a person knows on time, then he or she can now begin a life-saving treatment because the earlier that HIV treatment is started after infection, the better the outcome. Such a person can still live a normal life – live long and healthy – and this is only possible by early detection.

IT BEGINS WITH TESTING…#KnowYourStatus

“For people who may have been exposed to HIV, knowledge is critical to making informed decisions about their future. An HIV test is a serious event with potentially serious outcomes. But no matter the result, the test provides vital information. A negative result is an opportunity to take deliberate steps to prevent future acquisition through prevention methods tailored to that individual’s risks. A positive test result—and a confirmatory diagnosis—is never welcome news, but for people living with HIV, it is a necessary first step towards a long and healthy life. Initiation of antiretroviral therapy must follow as soon as possible.  Once people know their status (by doing an HIV test), they will now know what to do to keep themselves and their loved ones HIV-negative.

STAY ALIVE TO LOOK AFTER YOUR LOVED ONES

“Testing is the gateway to treatment and effective treatment is a great HIV prevention tool - it saves lives and prevents HIV transmission. HIV treatment reduces the viral load - the amount of HIV in a person's body—to undetectable levels. With an undetectable level of HIV, a person can't pass on the virus to someone else.” - UNAIDS

YEDI INTERVENTIONS SO FAR

Since 2015, YEDI has commemorated the World AIDS Day through vigorous campaigns – directly and through collaborations – to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS and educate people in underserved communities on its prevention. With the support of media houses, corporate organisations and health alliances in vulnerable communities in Lagos and Akwa-Ibom, YEDI has provided information and Health Testing Services to over 20,000 people to date. This year, YEDI in collaboration with UNFPA and LUCINA Hope Foundation will be providing quality HIV/AIDS information and testing services to targeted communities.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY - IT’S FREE!!!

Our World AIDS Day event, which is sponsored by MAC AIDS Fund and supported by UNFPA, is FREE!

FEATURING: HIV Counselling | HIV Testing | HIV/AIDS information | Referrals | Malaria Testing | Medical Check-up | Free Bed Nets | Dance-Drama | Music | Light Refreshment | Football Tournament | And Lots of Fun   

OUR INTERVENTION THIS YEAR

For this year, and with this partnership (UNFPA and LUCINA FOUNDATION) we plan to reach 2,000 people directly with free HIV Testing services, and many people with key messages on best practices.

¨     We are putting together very impactful and life-transforming activities as they will be an opportunity to reach out to many people across 6 locations in Lagos with emphasis on HIV testing – in line with this year’s theme (HIV-prevention, in a friendly environment for Counselling, Testing, and disclosure of status.) We will also cover areas of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, sexual assault, discrimination and stigma associated with HIV, and also provide ways of accessing available helplines, etc.

¨     Sustainability/Linkage to care: is a critical component and therefore cases of HIV-positive persons will be referred for follow up and further care.

This year, we are also targeting over 200,000 people with information on HIV through the community outreaches and boosted Platforms on Social Media; to reach at least 1,500 people with Health Services HIV, Malaria, Family Planning; to refer all reactive clients to facility for proper care and Treatment; and to reach at least 100 adolescents with Drug Abuse information 

OTHER EVENTS LINED UP FOR 2018 WORLD AIDS DAY AND LOCATIONS

  1. Friday, November 30, 2018: Location: Mushin; Partners: YEDI, UNFPA and Lucina Hope Foundation

Activities: HIV and Malaria Testing

  1. Monday December 3, and Tuesday, December 4 2018; Location: Ajeromi (Tolu Road) and Sabo Market, Ikorodu

Activities: HIV and Malaria Testing

  1. Wednesday, December 5, and Thursday, December 6, 2018; Locations: Lagos Island and Ferri-Oworonsoki

Activities: HIV and Malaria Testing

 

WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:

Even though many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, even though there are laws to protect people living with HIV; even though there are now better, easier and more accessible ways of knowing one’s status; despite the danger of not getting tested (on time); even though there is a lot of information about its prevention and care, there are still many people with limited knowledge of the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV.

The number of people who know their status and are receiving HIV treatment has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly in a country like Nigeria but a lot still needs to be done

OUR GOALS:

Mobilization/Sensitization for people to actually come out and be tested, Stigmatization/social inclusion and care for People Living with HIV/AIDS), and stimulating Stakeholders involvement (establishing the undeniable fact no one individual, government, or organization can singlehandedly do this). 

OUR PLANS FOR ACTUALIZATION:

¨     Press Release/media outreaches and Community Outreaches  

WHO SHOULD GET TESTED

  1. Do you live in a country with high rates of HIV*? (Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
  2. Have you ever lived in a country with high rates of HIV*?
  3. Have you ever paid or been paid or exchanged goods or services for sex work?
  4. Have you ever had tuberculosis?
  5. Are you a man who has had sex without a condom with another man?
  6. Are you a transgender person who has had sex without a condom?
  7. Have you injected drugs and shared injecting equipment with others?
  8. Have you had sex without a condom with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions?
  9. Have you ever had sex without a condom with a person who is living with HIV whose viral load you do not know to be undetectable?
  10. Are you pregnant or do you plan to become pregnant?

If you answer no to all of the above, your HIV risk should be low; however, if you are concerned, taking an HIV test is quick and easy and will confirm your HIV status and give you the knowledge you need to stay healthy. (Source: www.unaids.com)

 

JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: OUR WAD2018 ACTIVITIES AND LOCATIONS

  1. Friday, November 30, 2018: Location: Mushin; Partners: YEDI, UNFPA and Lucina Hope Foundation

Activities: HIV and Malaria Testing

  1. Testing Tournament: December 1, 2018; Location: Evans Square, Ebute Metta

Activities: Football Match, HIV Testing and Counselling, Linkage, Drama, Dance, Music, Health Talk, Placard display, medical check-up, malaria testing, bed net distribution, free prevention products (condoms), light refreshment, etc. it will be fun and engaging! 

  1. Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4 2018; Location: Ajeromi (Tolu Road) and Sabo Market, Ikorodu

Activities: HIV and Malaria Testing

  1. Wednesday, December 5, and Thursday, December 6, 2018; Locations: Lagos Island and Ferri-Oworonsoki

Activities: HIV and Malaria Testing

EVERYTHING IS FREE

THE CLARION CALL

In the fight against HIV, no organization; even the government can’t do this alone. Imagine what we can achieve if more organizations, media houses, individuals, etc. get involved, As an organisation, (with the support of our funders and partners), we have reached over 140,000 persons with vital information to live healthy; and Since 2015, we have commemorated the World AIDS Day through vigorous campaigns – directly and through collaborations – to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS and educate people in underserved communities on its prevention.

This is indeed a clarion call to governments, organizations, well-meaning individuals and the media because according to UNAIDS 2017 report, we still need to reach the estimated 9.4 million people who are not aware of their status, etc. It is critical that all hands are on deck.

OUR FUNDERS

This is made possible chiefly by the support and intervention of MAC AIDS Fund (makers of MAC Cosmetics). MAC has also contributed immensely to the fight against the HIV scourge in many countries 

Let’s keep the conversation going: (website, social media platforms, etc.): Website: www.yedi.ng; Facebook: Facebook.com/yedinaija; Twitter: @Yedinaija Insta: @Yedinaija

 


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