Access to friendly healthcare services by KPINCRESE
Over the years HIV interventions have been directed towards ending the mother to child transmission and other general populations. These interventions have performed wonderfully well in the reduction of the HIV prevalence rate in the general population. Recently, there is a rise in the prevalence rate of infection among key populations neglected by previous intervention. This rise could affect the other population if not addressed, hence the need to shift attention to the key population.
In response to the problem mentioned above, the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights (INCRESE) organized a two day capacity building workshop in the three major Local Governments of Niger State, namely Suleja, Bida and Kontagora. The workshop seeks to address the capacity needs of the key population (KP) members, where the capacities of 45memebers were built on human rights and positive health-seeking behavior on STIs and HIV.
The risk assessment conducted in each of the three Local Governments reflected different levels of risk in the populations. However, Kontagora seems to have the highest risk as most of the participants did not know their HIV status. This is because most services were unfriendly to the KP
Before the end of the workshop, participants were referred to friendly healthcare centers where the health personnel have been trained on providing KP friendly healthcare services.