10 June 2013 (Ethiopian Herald) - HelpAge International East West and Central Africa Regional Development Centre (EWCARDC) said that the prevalence rate of HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia is much lower than other countries in eastern Africa.
At a two-day National Consultative Meeting on Aging and HIV and AIDS here yesterday, EWCARDC Regional Advocacy and Communications Manager Dr. Douglas Lackey said that the prevalence rate of HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia is 1.4 per cent where as in Kenya and Uganda it is 6.3 per cent. But still people have to reached messages on safe sexual practices, access to condoms and behaviour, he said.
HelpAge International Ethiopia Country Director Feleke Tadele also said that so far, most people perceive older people were free of HIV and AIDS. As a result, much attention was not given to these particular target group in addressing their problems. Similarly, care and support is not directed to benefiting older people, he added.
However, the programme which has been in operation since the last five years in collaboration with government partners, has contributed a lot in benefiting older people in reducing discrimination and isolation. In addition, National HIV and AIDS Guideline clearly states how to address this particular issue. Some years back, most of the Idirs were not in a position to look after older people affected with HIV and AIDS, but today they are key partners.
HelpAge International Ethiopia in collaboration with EWCARDC and local partner Tesfa Social and Development Association (TSDA) have been implementing a five- year programme on alleviating the impact of HIV and AIDS in Multi-Genarational Households supported by BIG lottery.