Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS
CEDPA established its track record in the reproductive health field when we pioneered innovative approaches to community-based services over 36 years ago.
We work with local institutions to mobilize community support for safe motherhood and advocate for lifesaving reproductive health care. Our HIV/AIDS projects include partnerships with local leaders and faith-based organizations to promote HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.
CEDPA has expanded community-level access to family planning information and commodities to ensure informed reproductive health decision making by women and their families. Our community mobilization strategies have empowered organizations to advocate for changes that would better respond to their needs. Our programs have reached out to isolated, marginalized communities and have addressed the special health and social needs of women, men and youth.
CEDPA raises awareness about maternal health risks and mobilizes action to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women. In India, we are the convener of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood India, providing technical assistance and leading advocacy and communications strategies.
CEDPA is currently working as an implementing partner with CARE in Mali to research how individual’s networks influence family planning behavior and fertility. As a baseline, they are conducting community interviews to see the depth of networks and indicators in the community. After the initial research is conducted, they will begin working with intervention methods to lower unmet need for family planning.
Our global AIDS programs mobilize communities to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS and promote equal care and treatment for women and their families.
In India’s Jharkhand State, CEDPA works with the government to add comprehensive life-skills curriculum into the existing AIDS education program for schoolchildren by providing technical assistance and training for master trainers and school teachers. Elsewhere, we have implemented successful strategies that protect orphans and vulnerable children, and elevated the importance of HIV/AIDS as a part of safe motherhood campaigns.
In Nigeria, where faith communities are critical to the delivery of health services, we partner with community-based organizations, support groups of people living with HIV/AIDS and religious leaders to promote HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and reduce stigma against people living with AIDS. And, because of Nigeria’s broken health infrastructure, we are strengthening the ability of families and communities to provide home-based care for people living with HIV and AIDS.
In Nepal, CEDPA worked with community facilitators to reach underserved populations and counsel women and their families on the importance of family planning. The Increasing the Number of Well Planned Families project will utilize CEDPA’s extensive experience in training, to train community health facilitators on reproductive health and HIV prevention messages.
In Pakistan, CEDPA worked with the Pakistan Voluntary Health and Nutrition Association (PAVHNA) to implement a program to increase access to reproductive health services in two villages surrounding Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan. With the floods of summer 2010, the program was modified to ensure that health care services were available to all refugees who fled to Karachi. As a result, CEDPA and PAVHNA were able to reach a much greater population than originally expected, providing much needed reproductive health and general health services.
To address the disproportionate burden of ill health on women, we will continue to develop new and creative approaches that make comprehensive reproductive health services more accessible to women. We also will continue to strengthen community-level support for gender-sensitive HIV/AIDS services, to alleviate the care-giving burden on women, and to involve men as active partners.