The AIDS epidemic in Africa is hitting
farm output and threatening millions of people with poverty
and hunger, United Nations agencies said recently.
"The majority of African countries
worst-hit by HIV/AIDS are also those heavily reliant on
agriculture"said Peter Piot, Executive Director of the
Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.
"For many rural households in these
countries, AIDS has turned what used to be a food shortage
into a food crisis"[FAO]
AIDS has killed seven(7) million
agricultural workers since 1985 in the worst- hit African
countries and the epidemic could kill sixteen (16) million
more by 2020[FAO].
"Hunger and poverty aggravated by
HIV/AIDS, creates a vicious spiral"(Jacques Diouf,
Director General, FAO).
Where farmers and their families fall
sick, they cultivate less land and shift to less labour-intensive
and less nutritious crops, agricultural productivity decreases
and hunger and malnutrition are on the rise. Many children are
losing their parents before learning how to farm, to prepare
food and to fend for themselves.
Severe malnutrition among HIV/AIDS orphans is already
reported in the worst-hit affected areas.
The two UN agencies estimate that about
30 million of the estimated 42 million people with HIV/AIDS
live in sub-saharan Africa, half of them in rural areas.
According to FAO estimates, many
countries are likely to see a quarter of their farmers
affected by HIV/AIDS creating a vicious circle of poverty,
hunger and AIDS , working in a synergistic way and
exacerbbating each other.
Unless controlled, the HIV/AIDS scourge
ravaging the developing countries of the world will
significantly impede efforts to reduce poverty in sub-saharan
Looking at the agricultural sector of the
Nigerian economy, the most active age range for potential
agricultural labour force is between 15-45 and
incidentally, this age range is the most vulnerable to the
High prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS epidemic
is worsening the already existing weak food security situation
of many households in Nigeria.
It will be disastrous if preventive and
mitigating steps are not taken urgently to stop the spread of
HIV/AIDS inrural areas of Nigeria and other parts of
Africa experiencing the same potentially devastating
Centre for Rural Reproductive Health and
Development[CRRHD], Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria was
established to contribute to the global fight against the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria with particular emphasis
on the rural areas of the South West before it reaches a
more alarming prorportion and we seek for a collaborative
partnership with interested organisations and individuals
towards making a more sustainable impact.
CRRHD is a
proactive, rural specific, adolescent orientated, community
driven NGO that seeks to curb/reduce high risk sexual and
reproductive health practices amongst the vulnerable rural
populace by promoting traditional values like abstinence,
delayed sexual activities coupled with appropriate
contraceptive and reproductive health and life planning
education, counseling and holistic, participatory community
and human capacity development.
traditional reproductive health education which is crucial in
reducing the current prevalence of undesirable high-risk SRH
behaviour of rural youths by promoting abstinence and delaying
commencement of sexual activities.
emergence and training of Peer and Community SRH Educators
amongst the target rural populace.
easy access to resource, IEC / BCC materials and other
relevant audio-visual materials in local language on
responsible SRH practices.
religious leaders SRH educational roles and influence.
providing appropriate SRHcare services as well as voluntary
counseling, testing and referrals for further youth friendly
attention and care.
holistic, participatory community and human capacity
development and skills acquisition.
with other interested stakeholders to sustainably achieve the
above stated objectives.
our programme will be directed at the entire rural populace
(male and female), we will be paying particular attention to
the SRH and holistic human capacity development needs of the
highly vulnerable rural adolescent (male and female) who are
either in or out of school aged between 12 – 20 years and
are residents in the rural areas .
NGO will be utilizing a combination of the following
strategies to sustainably implement its programmes:
Programme Planning and Implementation.
workshops and training programmes
Apprenticeship and Skill Acquisition Internships
Learning and Appraisal (PLA)
Centred, Problem Posing, Self discovery, Action oriented (LEPSA)
sharing, Counseling sessions, Role
plays and Mentoring.
Programme Monitoring and Evaluation.
is managed on a day to day by the Coordinator while a Board of
Trustees composed of experts and professionals provides policy
guidelines, advise and regular monitoring and evaluation of
the NGO to ensure programme sustainability and adherence to
high ethical standards.
seeks a collaborative partnership/networking with your
organization in our desire to render qualitative proactive
services and programmes to our target audience.
B. Agric. Extension & Rural Sociology (OAU), Master of Social Work
Centre for Rural Reproductive Health and Development [CRRHD].
11,Surulere, Street, Ajilosun Area,
Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State,
P.O.Box 20587, U.I Post Office, Ibadan,
Telephone:+ 234-0803 370 3772.