Under the MULU Prevention II program, FHI 360 and its lead partners PSI and World Learning are helping Ethiopia reduce its HIV prevalence rate by 50 percent by 2015. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the program specifically seeks to strengthen HIV/AIDS responses in and around large workplaces in nine regions, especially in the areas of construction, farming and agriculture, leather processing and textile manufacturing.
FHI 360 assists other partners in:
- Designing a formative assessment, collecting data, and analyzing and disseminating findings to partners and stakeholders
- Implementing social behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies as well as mentoring and capacity building in support of these strategies
- Identifying and adapting SBCC materials by designing an assessment mechanism
- Collaborating on the integration of substance abuse (alcohol, khat and other drugs) and HIV into the behavioral intervention of MULU II
- Strengthening program linkages with existing programs and support infrastructure created for dealing with dependency issues
The SBCC approach is aimed at helping to build the capacity of worksite management and employees to design and develop their own SBCC strategy, implement it and monitor its progress.