. THEDI Nigeria

BACKGROUND

  • Total Health Empowerment and Development Initiative (THEDI) was founded in April, 2010 and formally registered on the 7th day of September, 2012 to promote the health and rights of most at risk persons in Nigeria through an enabling environment and affordable services. Among other things, to contribute to the national reduction of HIV/AIDS prevalence among the most at risk persons and sexual minorities with a focus on high risk men (HRM) at the community, state and national levels in order to advocate and promote access to legal and health care services; to monitor, document and report human rights violation cases; and to provide psychosocial support services irrespective of age, sex, social strata or sexual orientation; through advocacy, service delivery and innovative community engagement processes. As a strategy to reach targeted audience, THEDI conducted outreaches through parties, picnic and community dialogue respectively. Two major community based campaign programs were conducted in April 2011 and May 2012 in which the organization recorded a total number of 221 and 153 participants respectively. The programs featured needs assessment, condom and lubricant distribution as well as free HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT). The needs assessment conducted by THEDI in May 2012, of which 153 HRM were administered questionnaires also reflected following analyses: 18% of the participants have no information about HIV/AIDS, 73% have had sex in the last 6 months, 65% have had unprotected sex in the last 6 months, 47% have constantly engaged in unprotected sexual practices, and 78% have no access to condoms and lubricants. Prior to the intervention program by THEDI, high risk men in the State had a high perception that condoms are to be used for vaginal sex or by PLWHA. Past projects implemented by THEDI include the World Bank funded HAF2 Project, the Global Fund HIV Round 9 project, the Global Fund Enhancing Key Population in Nigeria (EKPIN) Project, and the USAID funded Integrated MARPS HIV Prevention Program (IMHIPP) project in Benue State.

    Other services include among others:

  • Psychosocial Support services (counseling, linkages to legal aid and safe housing).
  • Addressing gender-based violence and other human rights violations.
  • HIV Testing Services.
  • Condom and lubricant distribution.

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