Nepal observes its 19th annual National Condom Day
Nepal celebrated National Condom Day on October 19, 2013. This year’s commemoration was led by the National Centre for AIDS and STD Control, the regulating body for the Government of Nepal’s national HIV response. Programs organized nationwide promoted the message, “Universal Access to Condom for Dual Protection,” emphasizing the dual role that condoms play in preventing HIV and sexually transmitted infections as well as unwanted pregnancies.
The FHI 360-implemented Saath-Saath Project, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supported the National Condom Day programs and initiatives. In coordination with local nongovernmental organizations, local government and civil society stakeholders, Saath-Saath Project partners organized key events in their districts, including local street processions, information booths, interactive programs, street dramas, quiz competitions, documentaries, radio jingles and musical concerts, in addition to distributing condoms.
The event coincided with USAID’s “Be Safe, Get Tested” month in October, which raises awareness of HIV testing in Nepal and is part of USAID’s ongoing commemoration of two decades in partnership with the Government of Nepal to support its national HIV response. Through a series of radio, television, print and public service announcements, the Saath-Saath Project used National Condom Day as an opportunity to advance the “Be Safe, Get Tested” message. The month-long campaign also targeted male migrant workers visiting their homes for the Dasain festival and their families. To view the HIV-testing campaign video (in Nepali), please click here.
About Saath-Saath: FHI 360 implements the Saath-Saath Project in 33 districts in Nepal. The five-year project supports the Government of Nepal in its efforts to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV and improve reproductive health among female sex workers and their clients, migrant workers and their spouses, and people living with HIV.