NAC/UNDP Provide Support to Empower HIV Positive Women and Girls in Lofa County


Photo Credit: National AIDS Commission Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator Sandei Cooper explains the loan process to women at the Curran Lutheran Hospital in Zorzor, Lofa County

It is no doubt that the impact of both HIV and or Ebola has affected health care delivery and the economic empowerment of people; most especially women in Liberia.  Limited economic security for women increases the likelihood of them engaging in high-risk behaviors such as commercial sex work or transactional sex. Many economically dependent women are still in high-risk, violent marriages. Widows also face major obstacles.  Despite the passage of the  Many are stripped of their property and left to struggle to support themselves and their children while they are at their weakest. These factors combine with violence, or threat of violence, to create an environment within which women are trapped into having unprotected sex with HIV+ men and are unable to seek information or treatment on HIV infection and AIDS.   

 

Cognizant of the above, the National AIDS Commission (NAC) with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has undertaken a livelihood program which will provide loans to women in Lofa County.  This response in its first phase is targeting about twenty (20) HIV positive women in Lofa County. The selection of beneficiaries is being done in collaboration with Support Groups of its female networking body Liberia Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN) in the county; the NAC County Coordinator for Lofa, and other recognized HIV and AIDS implementing Partners such as (CBOs / NGOs) in Lofa County.   

 

The response which firstly began with assessment, is expected to last for a period of six (6) months, from March – August, 2016.  The livelihood project for HIV positive women is a quick impact response and will require coordination and collaboration between the National AIDS Commission (NAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on one hand; and the County Civil Authority and County Health Team (CHT) on other hand. This will involve assessment of the needs of the Individuals or groups concerned vis-a-vis their qualification for the loans based on the criteria set;  the conduct of appropriate training for them, and the provision of needed assistance they deserve on a regular basis; so as to ensure sustainability of services being provided.

 

The goal of this response is to improve the lives of women living with HIV through income-generating activities and strengthen their decision making ability.

 

 

 

 

It is no doubt that the impact of both HIV and or Ebola has affected health care delivery and the economic empowerment of people; most especially women in Liberia.  Limited economic security for women increases the likelihood of them engaging in high-risk behaviors such as commercial sex work or transactional sex. Many economically dependent women are still in high-risk, violent marriages. Widows also face major obstacles.  Despite the passage of the  Many are stripped of their property and left to struggle to support themselves and their children while they are at their weakest. These factors combine with violence, or threat of violence, to create an environment within which women are trapped into having unprotected sex with HIV+ men and are unable to seek information or treatment on HIV infection and AIDS.   

 

Cognizant of the above, the National AIDS Commission (NAC) with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has undertaken a livelihood program which will provide loans to women in Lofa County.  This response in its first phase is targeting about twenty (20) HIV positive women in Lofa County. The selection of beneficiaries is being done in collaboration with Support Groups of its female networking body Liberia Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN) in the county; the NAC County Coordinator for Lofa, and other recognized HIV and AIDS implementing Partners such as (CBOs / NGOs) in Lofa County.   

 

The response which firstly began with assessment, is expected to last for a period of six (6) months, from March – August, 2016.  The livelihood project for HIV positive women is a quick impact response and will require coordination and collaboration between the National AIDS Commission (NAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on one hand; and the County Civil Authority and County Health Team (CHT) on other hand. This will involve assessment of the needs of the Individuals or groups concerned vis-a-vis their qualification for the loans based on the criteria set;  the conduct of appropriate training for them, and the provision of needed assistance they deserve on a regular basis; so as to ensure sustainability of services being provided.

 

The goal of this response is to improve the lives of women living with HIV through income-generating activities and strengthen their decision making ability.