Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS prevention into family planning programmes at the grassroots: ARFH experience
Olayimika K Adebola, Association for Reproductive and Family Health
Grace Delano, Association for Reproductive and Family Health
As HIV and other STIs have increasingly affected the general population, it has become evident that they cannot be addressed in isolation from other health concerns. Integrating HIV and STI prevention into their prophylactic activities presents multiple challenges. A participatory strategic planning process on HIV and STIs, sexuality and program integration, development of the FP counseling curriculum was employed. In all the 5 project states, one out of every 10 respondents had ever had unintended pregnancies. Over one third of the respondents were currently using a family planning method at the midterm evaluation, and at least 20% obtained the currently used methods from the CBD agents. The rate of condom use was about 16% in all project states compared with the national rate of 3.4 for all women. Virtually all (97%) CBD agent and male advocates had been involved in community mobilization, awareness creation and involvement of men in project activities.