THE POSITIVE ACTION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN FUND (PAGW) UK PROJECT

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 The positive action for girls and women project ran through November 2017 – December, 2019. During this period, a lot was achieved in respect to the welfare of internally displaced women
and girls in Taraba State.
The goal of this project was to
 Carry out vulnerability screening for livelihood and skills beneficiary
 Deliver age appropriate messages to peer sessions
 Conduct skill acquisition trainings for benefitting women and girls
 Disburse cash as seed grants for business take-off
Despite the setbacks encountered, we were able to meet these requirements and make a positive impact on the lives of the women and girls.
In the first phase of this project which began in November 2017 and ended in May 2018, we
were able to conduct age and group education sessions which consisted of 9 and 11 persons per
group for the girls and women respectively. 30 girls and 25 women were first trained as per
educators. The teachings within each group was tailored to enlighten the women and girls about
their sexual reproductive rights, measures to prevent HIV and other sexually-transmitted
infections (STIs), and ways to promote healthy practices and behavior. We were able to reach
689 girls and 710 women through these peer group sessions.

Women of reproductive age holding an age appropriate peer education session:Young adolescent girls holding their age appropriate peer education session:

We were able to distribute 6,120 pieces of condoms and lubricants, conduct family planning
sessions for 89 couples where they were enlightened about child spacing and other heath
reproductive issues. We also helped 157 girls and 71 women access health facilities for
syndromic STI screening, treatment and counseling. 121 girls were able to access health facilities
for reproductive health counseling through this project.
We used this opportunity the test 650 girls, 250 women and 130 men for HIV. Out of these
persons tested, 9 girls, 5 women, and 3 men tested positive. After confirmatory tests, these
persons were referred to HIV/AIDS treatment facilities for further treatment.
CFID took a step further to conduct about 13 Town Hall meetings with key opinion leaders,
religious, and traditional rulers to discuss issues related to sexual health and dangers of forced or
early marriage.
We selected 50 women to undergo intensive training and mentorship on different skills and
businesses. These women were given seed grants to start-up their business.

CFID Executive Director presenting a sewing machine to an IDP woman at the graduation.

By the second phase of this project which was conducted from June – December 2018, we
selected 35 girls and 28 women to benefit for the livelihood support for displaced girls and
women through our well-structured selection process.
In the area of skill acquisition, we were able to train 64 girls and women. This was above the
initially planned 50-person mark. These girls and women were initially trained by various
professionals in the aspects of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and business skills.
Afterwards, they were made to undergo a 6-month training in their selected business areas to
help them become savvy in the intricacies of these businesses. At the end of the training, we
gave seed grants to the women and girls to help them start up their businesses.
To achieve our aim of delivering age appropriate messages to specific peer groups, we trained 64
girls and women who were to serve as the educators of each peer group. Each trained pair
educator recruited 8 persons. The highlight of the peer group education sessions same as those
carried out during the first phase of this project.
These peer sessions were conducted in 12 communities in Jalingo and Ardo-kola local
government areas of Taraba State. A total of 631 girls aged 18 – 24, and 610 women aged 25 –
45 were reached.
In the course of this project, CFID was able to provide HIV testing (230), Hepatitis B (550) and
Hepatitis C (150) testing to men, women, and children who were internally displaced. Those who
tested positive to these infections were referred to our partner health facilities for further care.
We were also able to provide 4,542 pieces of condoms and lubricants to sexually active girls and
women, introduce menstrual hygiene education and services to young girls aged 16 - 26 years,
distribute 367 free menstrual hygiene kits to 367 girls, offer STI syndromic testing and treatment
to 129 girls, and lastly, provide counselling and family planning to 152 women. 65 of these
women, went on to receive birth control interventions from our partner health facilities in the
state.
To ensure the safety of these women and children, CFID conducted talk sessions with
community leader, religious leaders, and security agencies in the state to discourage early and
forced marriages among girls and women, and also prevent trafficking of girls, especially among
those who are displaced in the state.
By the end of the final phase of the project we were able to reach an additional 565 girls and 670
women with teaching concerning sexual health and diseases through peer group discussions. We
distributed 1,340 pieces of sanitary pads and 4,130 pieces of condom to foster good menstrual
hygiene and sexual practices.
CFID partnered with the Primary Health Care Development Agency to provide family planning
injectable to 93 women and 189 sexually active girls.

 

We carried out HIV testing and counseling for 930 persons (560 men and 370 women), Hepatitis
B and C testing for 1,689 school children, 340 women and men mostly in the IDPs host
communities. Those who tested positive were referred to our partner health care providers for
treatment and further care.
As an organization that believes continuity is key to achieving our goals, we organized 15 town
hall meetings across all host communities to round up this project and use the avenue to build
lasting relations with host communities. During the town hall meetings, we emphasized on the
need to continue to care for internally displaced women and girls.
Although these are baby steps to improve the health and lives of internally displaced women and
girls, we believe it would go a long way in changing the narrative especially in how these women
and girls are treated.

The Project was funded by: ViiV Health Care UK under the Positive Action for Girls and
Women Fund (PAGW)