Regional AIDS Resource Centers (RARCs)
Technical Support for Establishment and Development of Regional and Zonal AIDS Resource Centers
Based on the encouraging achievements of the National AIDS Resource Center and the high demand for HIV/AIDS information in the regions, a consultancy mission was employed in October 2003 to assess the possibility of establishing regional ARCs. Among several recommendations, the mission concluded that regional ARC offices can be established at least in six regions, namely, Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Tigray, Gambella and Afar.
Program Objectives & Activities
The regional/zonal centers are established with the objective of replicating the activities of the national ARC at the regional/zonal level. These include providing up-to-date and accurate information on HIV/AIDS and TB, developing and distributing culturally appropriate behavior change communication materials and gathering and distributing resource material from local and international organizations. Users can access comprehensive multimedia informational and educational materials on various HIV/AIDS topics and Internet connections to conduct research on current health issues. Audio-visual equipment for viewing multimedia HIV/AIDS programs and other activities are also available to users. Databases of local and international HIV/AIDS-related events, conferences, news, materials, organizations, and funding opportunities can also easily be accessed by users.
The RARC team in the National ARC coordinates and oversees technical activities rendered by ARC to the regional/zonal resource centers. ARC is also involved in provision of technical assistance in the production of research based and culturally appropriate IEC/BCC materials. Other support includes materials acquisition and dissemination, establishing and maintaining networks website/database development, staff training and monitoring and evaluation for programs at the local level.
The RARC project covers all administrative regions of Ethiopia and is now extending to zonal towns. In the past year alone, more than 220,000 people have utilized the resource centers.
Federal HAPCO, Regional HAPCOs and Regional/Zonal Resource Centers
Provide technical assistance in the establishment, development and maintenance of regional/ zonal resource centers in all regions of Ethiopia.
The program aims to expand its services to tow Zonal towns of SNNPR and Tigray regions.
The initiative is run by the National AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in collaboration with the National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) and funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
AIDS Resource Center
Telephone: 251-115 503584 (ext 1130)
Fax 251-115 503749