Women Environment and Youth Development Initiative (WOYODEV) is one of the three organisations implementing the Kwara Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission-HIV Testing (eMTCT) Service in Ante-Natal-Care uptake project (KePT). WOYODEV with support from Kwara State AIDs Control Agency (KWASACA) and Kwara State Government is conducting sensitizations, community outreaches, Advocacy visits and referrals in the seven (7) Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kwara South Senatorial District to enhance eMTCT via early detection through presentation at ANC in health facilities.
The project objectives include: to mobilize 1000 women to register early for ANC, complete their ANC appointments and get tested for HIV during the visit; engage community stakeholders to support pregnant women to register for ANC at the health facility and uptake all the necessary services including getting tested for HIV; to mitigate stigmatization, misconception and contradicting beliefs on People Living with HIV.
WOYODEV is implementing the project in Kwara South Senatorial District of the State. The Senatorial district has 7 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the project is being implemented in 10 communities- at least one community per LGA.
Since the commencement of the project, WOYODEV has sensitized over a hundred people – via outreaches and Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and referred about 30 pregnant women to the health facilities. Some of the commitments made are that the women will go to the clinic to register for ANC early (immediately they confirm their pregnancy) and that they will not be involved in self medication but present themselves at the clinic when they are sick. They also promised to encourage the pregnant women to go for ANC so as to have healthy mother and child.
Our Key messages:
⦁ HIV is incurable but preventable and treatable
⦁ Know your HIV status today: get tested, protect yourself and others
⦁ Show love and care to people living with HIV/AIDS avoid stigmatization
⦁ Avoid sex before marriage (abstinence) or be faithful to your partner.
⦁ Pregnant women should attend antenatal care sessions at the health facility to protect the unborn child from HIV.
⦁ Use the Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs and don’t skip the doses.