The Hailemariam & Roman Foundation (HRF) is co-implementing the Global Fund HIV Grant (NFM-3) activities with the Ministry of Health (MoH), which aims at building capabilities and systems for cascading targeted HIV response across the nation. One of the major planned activities of the grant is jointly offering training of trainers (TOT) on peer education to 90 program managers selected from high HIV incidence woredas in three parallel sessions. Accordingly, a five days training of trainers on peer education has been provided for 80 (eighty) program managers from the Ministry of Health and from all regions of high HIV incidence woredas from November 27 to December 1, 2023 at Adama town.

According to Mr. Emiamrew Sisay, Senior Officer for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH) of the HRF, the main target audiences for the training were health program managers from high HIV incidence woredas of the country. “It was a fruitful experience to increase expert’s role on Social Behavioral Change communications (SBCC) skills of program managers on peer-to-peer discussion and learning process and enable program managers in these woredas to provide peer educators training to members of key and priority populations (KPPs) to prevent the spread of HIV and STls.” said Mr. Emiamrew.

“The training is part of key activities conducted as part of the sub grant agreement between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and HRF financed by Global Fund HIV Grant (NFM-3) support,” he added.

The participants of the training expressed their view stating the training has equipped them with important skills of facilitation and communication with key and priority populations. They also said the training will solve the challenges at the ground; they were happy for sharing experiences from colleagues and proved their commitments to apply at work.

Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

December 2023, Addis Ababa