Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Reduction (PSRHH)
PSRHH project was implemented in partnership with Action Aid International Nigeria and Society for Family Health (SFH). It commenced in 2003 in yearly cycles and ended in 2008. Its goal is the reduction of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS among vulnerable groups like Transport workers, Uniform Service Men, Sex Workers, Out-of-School Youths i.e. the Female - Out – of - School Youth (FoSY) & Male - Out – of – School - Youth (MoSY) through behavioral change communications and Peer Education programmes. PSRHH as implemented through the PEP Model has 3 principal phases – the entry phase, intensive phase and phase down. The entry and intensive phases were aimed at behavior change; the phase down was aimed at ensuring behavior maintenance, community ownership & program sustainability. Activities carried out through PSRHH include Advocacy, Peer Education Training, Sensitization of community members and leaders/ influencers through Interactive Forums, Inter-Personal Communication (IPC) with target groups and general population. Special Events were also held during festive periods and special commemorative days like World AIDS Day (WAD) and World Malaria Day (WMD). Through the PSRHH project, LAPO has been able to train 200 PEs among the youth (out-of-school), transport workers and artisans in target sites around Benin City, Edo State.
With the support of EED, Germany, LAPO expanded this program to Female Sex Workers (FSW) in Lokoja, a major junction and transit community in Nigeria and In-school Youth of some selected primary and secondary schools in Benin City since 2007. In school and FSW program was expanded to Lagos and Delta states in 2009.