Oromia HIV/AIDS Prevention
and Control Office Activities
Ethiopia is one of the countries of the world that are hard
hit by HIV/AIDS. The country is now facing a very serious
problem to the survival of its people and its national development
due to the fast spreading HIV infection and the grave social
and economic impacts of AIDS.
The Oromiya Region being of the most populous and also geographical
located at the crossroads of social and economic movements
in the country; is one of the highly exposed regions to this
problem. Cognizant of the urgent need to respond to the crisis,
The Regional Government established the Oomiya HIV/AIDS Prevention
and Control Office to coordinate, guide and support the activities
of different organizations and groups in fighting spread of
HIV/AIDS and mitigate its impacts.
On the basis of the mandate generated from its establishing
proclamation and the guidelines it set for itself, OHAPCO
has been playing a leading role in coordinating the war against
HIV/AIDS managing available resources and supporting implementing
partners. However, owing to the highly challenging nature
of its mission, the novelty of the Organizations, the demand
for setting clear directions and goals and developing workable
strategies, OHAPCO realized that it needed to produce a strategic
plan in a participatory process to guide its direction and
action through 2003/04-2007/08.
With a financial support from UNICEF and the necessary encouragement
from the Regional Government and the active engagement of
the key stakeholders, a thorough process of strategic plan
development was undertaken.
The regional HIV/AIDS response under the coordination of
the regional council secretariat and multi secretariat response
and multiple implementation channels has been underway since
OHAPCO, under the umbrella of national HIV/AIDS policy, national
HIV/AIDS strategic framework, EMSAP/PIM, the national response
momentum and the support and assistance of NACS/PCU has mobilized
and coordinate the regional HIV/AIDS activities in 26 woredas
and regional government offices as well as by civil societies.
The Organization has also conducted program review meeting
with woreda administrators, regional government, zonal focal
person, HAPCO, Woreda facilitators World Bank and staff as
part monitoring and advocacy of the implementation.
For more information please read the Strategic