Noroware Osula Health Foundation is Non- Governmental Organization that was registered with CAC in 2005 as Noroware Osula AIDS Foundation to work with communities in Edo state by providing information and support that acknowledge the impact of culture in HIV prevention and health promotion . In 2009, we widened the scope of our work to include Family planning, TB and Malaria. In 2012, the Organization was re-registered as Noroware Osula Health Foundation.
We are all aware that HIV is a problem in our communities and it is having a negative impact on families both in this country and abroad. While we recognize the need to support those who are living with HIV, the other aspect of the work involving HIV prevention is that of awareness.
Moreover, many people, especially members of rural communities in Nigeria, have not yet received HIV prevention messages relevant to their experiences and cultural background and this is an issue which need addressing in most State in Nigeria.
The HIV virus is a very particular type of disability, not visible but arousing a lot of emotions that may be very hard to control in Nigeria, the most significant increase in the number of HIV infections is occurring amongst African communities.
Much more needs to be done about HIV/AIDS education and prevention for African young men, women and children.
Despite being at much higher risk of being affected by HIV than individuals from other groups, and making up the largest proportion of new diagnoses each year, individuals from African communities are not accessing equal levels of support from health and social care services, or those offered by mainstream HIV organisations. According to the Health Protection Agency, “Undiagnosed HIV infection and late diagnosis of long-standing HIV infection continue to be a feature of the treatment histories of [African] men and women” [Nov 2003].
At present, we present information and available options to local Nigeria people in relation to sexual health and HIV and information on services available in the community.
- Attending African and other Black Minority Ethnic based venues and events to carry out sexual health promotion work.
- Providing one-to-one support to individuals e.g. accompanying people to testing clinics, social service and housing department.
- Signposting to other services e.g. local authority services.
- Contributing to skill development in the local community through provision of comprehensive trainings to project Volunteers.