ICARH sexual health unit is poised to serve the MSM community members with the provision of HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and other healthcare services through community engagement, advocacy, community dialogues, outreaches, peer education cohort and IPC sessions and HIV Testing Services with linkage and referrals thereby contributing to the Nigerian National HIV Response and thus improving the lives and the standard of living of MSM in Abuja and its environs. The unit’s intervention also gears towards the prevention of HIV transmission from Mother-to-Child through her engagement of parents and potential parents within the Key Affected Population.
ICARH through the engagement of qualified healthcare personnel, trained social workers as well as the network of community based volunteers has reached over 41350 MSM within FCT and its environs. ICARH provides behavioural change communication messages to the MSM and reaches them with comprehensive HIV prevention messages and safer sex products thereby building their capacities on life building and coping skills which will further enhance their self-esteem to stand against stigma and discrimination in the society. Furthermore, to ensure that no one is left out, our interventions are also provided at different sites and hotspots that are within the residence of our target population.
As Part of ICARH’s mandate to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS among key population, the unit provides access to on-site HIV Counselling and Testing and creates adequate linkages and referrals to Care and Support/treatment services. ICARH also provides universal access to MSM-friendly health information and services, including comprehensive rights-based sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health for all MSM.
ICARH conducts on-site supervision, monitoring, mentorship, and technical assistance to ensure all project implementations are in line with the national guideline.
ICARH works with volunteers who provide HIV prevention messages and strategies such as safer sex and behavioral change. Peer educators work in their communities distributing information, condoms and lubricants as they contribute to the national HIV response in Nigeria.
Adolescence is an important stage of human life span, which crucial developmental processes occur. Since peers play a critical role in the psychosocial development of most adolescents, peer education is currently considered as a health promotion strategy in adolescents. Peer education is defined as a system of delivering knowledge that improves social learning and provides psychosocial support. As identifying the outcomes of different educational approaches will be beneficial in choosing the most effective programs for training adolescents. Peer education is an effective tool for promoting healthy behaviors among adolescents. The development of this social process depends on the settings, context, and the values and expectations of the participants. Therefore, designing such programs requires proper preparation, training, supervision, and evaluation.