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.
- 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.
Other services include among others:
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- Appropriate MARPS HIV Intervention Program (AMHIP), January 2014 – September 2015, funded by the HIV/AIDS Fund (HAF 2) Project, World Bank through NACA.
- HIV Intervention for MARMS (September 2014 – July 2015) funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria (GFATM) Round 9 Project through the Society for Family Health, Nigeria.
- Enhancing Key Population in Nigeria (EKPIN) Project (September 2014 – July 2105) funded by Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria (GFATM) through Heartland Alliance Nigeria.
- Capacity Building on Security for LGBTIQ persons in Benue State (May 2015) funded by the International Centre for Reproductive Sexual Rights (INCRESE), Minna Nigeria.
- Capture/Re-Capture Mapping Exercise for MARPS in Benue State (August 2015) funded by Society for Family Health Nigeria through the SHIPS for MARPS Project.
- Integrated MARPS HIV Prevention Program (IMHIPP) from August 2015 – September 2016) funded by PEPFAR/USAID through Heartland Alliance Nigeria.
- Integrated MARPS HIV Prevention Program (IMHIPP) from October 2016 - September 2018, funded by PEPFAR/USAID through Heartland Alliance Nigeria.
- Global Fund HIV, New Funding Model (NFM) from October 2018 - June 2019,funded by Global Fund through Society for Family Health Nigeria.
- Improving Comprehensive AIDS Response Enhanced for Sustainability (iCARES),funded by CDC through APIN/CCCRN (Ongoing)
- To promote sexual and human rights as well as increase access to comprehensive health care and other support services to vulnerable persons at the community, state and national levels
- To advocate for favourable policies to protect fundamental human rights that also address the health needs of vulnerable persons in Nigeria
- To promote behavior change among community members.
- To set up support mechanisms for vulnerable persons, especially people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of sexual violence and other human rights violations.
- To network and collaborate with other CSOs and NGOs to facilitate access to information and health care services for vulnerable persons in Nigeria.
- To promote gender equality at all levels.
- Accountability: With honesty and integrity, taking responsibility of our actions that influence the lives of our customers and fellow workers.
- Community Collaboration: Collaborating within and outside to promote a sense of belonging.
- Fun: Having fun and celebrating small successes in our journey to achieve big.
- Respect for diversity: Recognizing individual differences with mutual respect for one another.
- Service Excellence: Giving the best and world class service with the passion to impact lives and ensure safety for a trouble free experience
- Research to provide database on the levels of non-discourse, resistance, and denial of issues of sexual and human rights.
- To employ Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) for the purpose of increasing awareness on sexual and human rights issues as well as empowering disadvantaged groups with life-competency skills, hence ensuring that they enjoy their sexual and human rights.
- Advocacy to influence policies and laws to be gender sensitive and to protect sexual and human rights principles.
- Linkages to make legal services accessible and affordable to individuals and groups, especially most at risk persons.
- Capacity building of most at risk persons.
- Psychosocial support for most at risk persons.
WHO WE SERVE
Within the context of funding constraints, our main communities of focus include:
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex people.
- People living with HIV.
- Sex Workers especially members of the LGBTI community.
- Young people. This includes working with those of diverse background. Most of our clients come from within the communities listed above but not all communities are addressed across all programs. HIV and STI prevention programs with high risk men have always been, and will remain a core component of our work. Our engagement with intersex and trans* communities will rely heavily on partnership with intersex and trans* persons/ organisations to help build our awareness of issues, engaged in shared capacity building and work together on the common issues of discrimination and stigma which vulnerable groups share.
- Capacity building in the area of sexual and human rights for the most at risk persons.
- Centre-based counseling, IEC (Information, Education, Communication) or peer education sessions.
- Law reforms and policy dialogues at the community, state and national levels.
- Periodic outreach activities to communities.
- Consultancy services on sexuality, gender and human rights issues.
- To promote the health and legal rights of vulnerable persons in Nigeria through advocacy, service delivery and innovative community engagement processes.
- A Nigeria where all persons have access to adequate legal and health care services.
- The singular goal of the organisation is to care for key population.