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USAID and IOM Announce HIV Prevention and Care for Farm Workers
Date:3/11/2009

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Julia Hill-Mlati, IOM regional project manager, reports, "HIV prevention efforts often focus purely on medical issues and fail to consider interrelated factors that affect people's vulnerability to the AIDS virus. This reason prompts our USAID Ripfumelo project to address the contextual issues such as workplace policies, improving life skills, financial literacy and promoting healthy recreational activities."

Ripfumelo intervention activities include:

  • Tackling discriminatory gender dynamics and prejudices through the training of male role models as gender advocates.
  • Promoting peer-led education and referrals to relevant services and support.
  • Facilitating access to health services, including prevention, counselling and testing, home-based care and treatment.
  • Integrating locally tailored Social and Behavioural Change Communication programs that are developed and disseminated by local Change Agents.
  • Developing and implementing interventions that address some of the contextual factors that impact on HIV vulnerability, such as improving life skills, financial literacy and promoting recreational activities.
  • Creating a conducive environment by strengthening workplace policies and programs.

For more information about USAID and its programs in South Africa, visit www.usaid.gov.

The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.

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