Supporting Ministry of Health to stabilize HIV/AIDS prevalence in Eritrea (2002/2003)
This project aimed to accelerate the implementation of the country’s five-year HIV/AIDS strategic plan. RRI helped the Minister and his team quickly launch six 100-Day Challenges in the Asmara region.
The results achieved in this first wave of Rapid Results Initiatives included:
80% increase in the weekly use of Voluntary Counseling and Testing services.
Improvement in safe sex behavior among high school students in six schools in the capital.
Increase by 70% of the use of female condoms among commercial sex workers in downtown Asmara.
After the initial effort in Asmara, we trained Ministry of Health facilitators from each of the regions of the country that replicated this effort country-wide.
We partnered with the Ministry of Health in Eritrea and the World Bank, with funding through the World Bank.
The Ministry of Health experience was documented by researchers from the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Imperial College in the United Kingdom. Here’s a link to their study: Sourcebook for HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs:
Two years into the effort, at the end of 2004, UNAIDS reported that the Eritreans had managed to stabilize the HIV prevalence in the country at 2.4%.
The legacy of Rapid Results work was sustained in Eritrea – long after we had left the scene. Here’s a link to an article posted on the website of the National Union of Eritrean Youth & Students in 2009: Sixty-Seven Schools within A Hundred Days.
Reference and further reading
Turbocharging the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan in Eritrea: The Rapid Results Approach by Ronnie Hammad with contributions from Eva Jarawan, Nadim Matta, and Godwin Hlatshwayo
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