HIV awareness and self testing campaign – NiMSA Nigeria

Name of the activity: HIV awareness and self testing campaign 

Country/NMO: NiMSA Nigeria

Program: HIV, AIDS and other STIs

Contact information: contact [email protected] to get in touch with the Activity Coordinator

Type of the activity: First-time Activity

Category: Campaign

Focus area: Prevention of all STIs or are specific STIs, STI testing, Raising awareness among the general public about STIs

Sustainable Development Goals addressed: SDG 3 (Good health and Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality)

General description:

The activity involved a nation wide HIV and AIDS awareness campaign and the distribution of over 50,000 HIV Self test kits in Nigeria. It span over 5 days with enlightenment on HIV and AIDS and also physical demonstrations of how to use the Oral test kits and how to ensure getting accurate results at schools, local clinics, markets, streets, public areas and government teaching hospitals. It followed by a distribution of questionnaires which also contained contact information of support staff.

Problem statement:

According to UNICEF, Nigeria has the world’s second highest burden of HIV/AIDS, with an estimated three million people living with HIV (PLHIV) and 190,950 new infections recorded in 2015. Nigeria’s HIV epidemic is generalized, with extensive regional variations in prevalence. This is attributed largely due to poverty, lack of accessibility to health facilities as well as ignorance among the population. These problems all translate to a majority of the population not knowing their HIV status.

Target groups:

  • General population
  • Medical students
  • Healthcare Students
  • Youth
  • Women
  • People at risk of getting HIV and other STIs

Beneficiaries:

  • General population
  • Medical students
  • Healthcare Students
  • People at risk of getting HIV and other STIs

Objectives:

-To ensure the effective distribution of the self test kits to students across tertiary institutions in Nigeria within the 5days period.

-To encourage people living with HIV/AIDS to continue managing the condition and also join support groups around them.

-To discourage the stigmatization and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS and teach people on ways to provide support for their loved ones with this condition

-To effectively facilitate access to healthcare providers for treatment and care for those that tested positive.

Indicators of Success:

-About 95% of the individuals we gave the test kits to were properly sensitized with the right information about HIV/AIDS, its prevention, impacts, care, support and management.

-About 90% of people given the test kits used it to check their HIV status.

-Encouraged people who are unaware of their status and are scared to check to do so and opt for management with a healthcare provider if found positive. About 90% of them agreed to check and see a healthcare provider 

-By the end of the program, over 50,000 Nigerians used the test kits and became aware of their HIV status.

Methodology:

The project resources was provided by DKt-Nigeria and it comprised of OraQuick HIV test kits and banners for the awareness campaign and outreach. The program lasted from 21st-25th February 2022. Series of meetings was held between the leadership of SCORA and also DKt-Nigeria. Preparations started with fliers for publicity which were released on 14th February. This contained the necessary information about the project and what to expect.  Distributions of cartons of the test kits and funds for logistics officially began on 16th Feb. Over 33 medical schools across 27 states in Nigeria received their kits in a span on 7days with the number of kits amounting to over 50,000. As every local officer received the kits, pictures were also taken. At the end of the project, all 50,000 kits were successfully distributed nationwide with pictures and videos testimonials. Future collaboration is expected between Dkt Nigeria and NiMSA for sustainability of the project.

Plans for evaluation:

-Pre-evaluation form: This was given to the people who were to collect the self test kits. The questions contained in it were – biodata, knowledge about their  HIV status, knowledge about the OraQuick Oral HIV self test kit, consent to carry out the test willingly and also the name and contact information of the test supervisor.

-Observation of participants: Most of the participants were receptive and also enthusiastic about taking the test as they were unaware about their HIV status. A lot of questions were asked about HIV/AIDS and this showed that people were inquisitive and wanted to know more.

-Interview of participants: Some participants were interviewed about how they felt about the program and what impact it is making. The responses gotten were all positive and the organizers of the program were commended for their efforts.

-Recorded video and picture evidence of the event.

-Post evaluation questionnaire to determine the level of knowledge increase in the target population 

External collaborations:

The project resources was provided by Dkt-Nigeria. It is a non governmental agency involved in HIV advocacy and campaigns. The resources provided includes:

– OraQuick HIV self test kits

– Banners

– Funding for transportation, printing of shirts and refreshments for volunteers.

 

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