Ethiopia has made remarkable strides in controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the past decade. However, the prevalence remains relatively high in urban areas, where estimates indicate a 3 percent prevalence rate compared to less than 1 percent nationally. Current data suggests that Ethiopia is close to controlling the HIV epidemic. Remaining gaps that need focus to achieve epidemic control include preventing the spread among key populations, providing support services for persons affected by HIV to ensure retention in care, and pediatric services including new case identification and improved treatment coverage.
TEA key programmatic areas of prevention support for those affected by HIV and AIDS, care and treatment, Stigma prevention and health systems strengthening.
Orphans and vulnerable children are at increased risk for neglect, abuse, malnutrition, poverty, illness and discrimination, and as they get older, they are more vulnerable to HIV infection. In response, TEA prioritizes linking HIV-positive children to OVC services that build on community and family support structures to care for and track the welfare of affected children. TEA works with the Government of Ethiopia to provide comprehensive and coordinated quality services for vulnerable children.
- Health Service providers Capacity are building on HIV prevention, care and treatment, and orphan and vulnerable children programming.
- Community HIV Care and Treatment Activity supports the target area HIV program to expand access to community HIV prevention, care and treatment services through reinforcing the roles of people living with HIV and communities in the delivery of HIV/AIDS care services. The project also strengthens the capacity of the target area government and CBOs to deliver and optimize interventions, and ensure local ownership of these initiatives.
- Psychological Support and Capacity Building to key HIV populations, including female sex workers and their biological children, truckers, high-risk employees at commercial worksites, and out-of-school adolescent girls and young women. The activity focuses on HIV counseling and testing, self-testing services, gender-based violence prevention, and HIV/AIDS care and treatment services at drop-in centers in the community.
Enhancing the Role of Religious Leaders and Institutions in Attaining the 90-90-90 Fast Track Targets in Gambella Town Project
This target aims 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of those diagnosed with HIV infection will receive sustained combination antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 90% of all people receiving ART will be virally suppressed by 2020.
This project aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination among community members in Gambella Town towards people living with HIV/AIDS through the influence of religious leaders and institutions. TEA implemented this project for one year which commenced in September 2018 and it ended in September 2019 in Gambella Town Administration of the Gambella Regional State. The US Embassy in Addis Ababa financed the project as part of PEPFAR interventions in Ethiopia. As a result of project implementation, a total of 5,266 people of which 3,791 are women and girls directly benefited from this project in Gambella Town.