HIV training for indigenous youth

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Working to empower indigenous youth in Ecuador

posted Oct 25, 2013 by Alyssa Tartaglione

Progress

FCI/Ecuador held planning meetings with kichwa-cañari indigenous women leaders from the Gualalcay community, in the Ecuatorian province of Azuay. Partners agreed on the following activities:

1) A first workshop with kichwa-cañari indigenous youth and women will take place on Friday, October 4 to present the project to a broader group and plan activities around HIV prevention among indigenous youth in the Gualalcay community;

2) A participatory one-day workshop to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS will take place on October 17 with kichwa-cañari youth in the community high-school. Youth from other communities will also be invited. The objective is to sensitize and train a group of leaders so that the work shops can be replicated by peers in the community.

Risks and challenges

So far, we have not encountered any challenges. We have support from the leaders of the women organization we are working with in the community. This project builds on previous work with the community, and we don't anticipate challenges or opposition.

Get personal

After suffering from a sexually transmitted infection (STI), the leader of the indigenous women's organization in the Gualalcay community, decided to focus the organization's efforts on raising awareness among women, particularly young women, in the community, where there is a high-rate of STIs, about what STIs are, their symptoms, and available resources. Because of this personal experience, part of the work has focused on empowering women to confront their partners, seek treatment and speak openly about using condoms. The leader has also made sure that there is an open and fluid relationship between women in the community and health providers.

Next steps

1) Workshop with kichwa-cañari indigenous youth and women will take place on Friday, October 4 to present the project to a broader group and plan activities around HIV prevention among indigenous youth in the Gualalcay community;

2) A participatory one-day workshop to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS will take place on October 17 with kichwa-cañari youth in the community high-school. Youth from other communities will also be invited.

3) After the project, replication of workshop by peers.

Budget:

We have spent$200 so far.

Line Items

Original budget

Amount spent so far

Rental of training location

Food for 70 indigenous youths

Travel for 70 indigenous youths

Workshop materials

Coordination

Accounting

Logistical Support

600

1050

1050

300

1000

500

500

0

50

0

150

0

0

0

  • Education & training
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Reproductive rights

Young people in Ecuador’s indigenous communities need to understand their reproductive rights and health, so they can stay safe and healthy.

Why we care: Reproductive health-related conditions are the leading cause of death for young women in Ecuador.

How we're solving this: Bringing together 70 young people from indigenous communities in Azuay and Cañar Provinces for a workshop on HIV prevention.

In remote parts of Ecuador, women and young people often face discrimination based on their gender, their ethnicity, or their poverty, and many have little or no access to information about their reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS. The impact of this is alarming, and often tragic:

  • More and more women are becoming infected with HIV — the portion of women in Ecuador’s HIV+ population grew from under 15% in 1999 to one-third by 2006.
  • In indigenous communities, only 3% of the women use condoms, and one in three girls is a mother by the time she reaches age 19.
  • Reproductive health-related conditions are the leading cause of death for young women in Ecuador, accounting for fully half of all deaths among this vulnerable population.

Family Care International (FCI) works in indigenous communities, in close partnership with grassroots organizations, to raise young people’s awareness about their reproductive health and about their rights. In the last three years, FCI and our partners have reached more than 3,000 young people, across five provinces, with critical information about how to protect themselves from HIV infection. We have seen firsthand the power of education to increase young people’s utilization of vital health services, to prevent the spread of the HIV epidemic, and to protect young lives.

To broaden the impact of this important work, FCI will bring together 70 young people from indigenous communities in Azuay and Cañar Provinces for a workshop on HIV prevention. This workshop will include training on correctly using condoms (and negotiating their use with a sexual partner), recognizing and opposing discrimination, understanding and standing up for reproductive rights, and treating people with HIV and AIDS with dignity and respect. 

When you make a donation, your contribution will be used to cover the costs of bringing these young people to the workshop, producing training materials, and organizing the event. This project will equip young women and men with the knowledge they need to make sure they live long and healthy lives free from HIV.

 

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