Organization for Social services, Health and Development
Somaila RegionHarrar Branch

About The Branch Office

In relative terms, OSSA Harar branch office is one of the youngest branches of OSSA which was established in mid 1996 to address the HIV/AIDS and other health and social problems of people living in Harar town and its outskirts. Though it looks like one of the youngest in its formation, its action against the epidemic has generated essential insights into an effective HIV/AIDS response. Different programmes were designed with the aim of lowering the incidence and supporting the already infected and affected people.

Gedamnesh Desta, Branch Manager

Work Force, The branch office has 8 staffs of which 5 are female whereas 3 are male workers.  They are supported by 13 active volunteers selected from the community and deployed to work among the needy people.  , Harar branch manager

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Tel ፡+251-915-75-60-44

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Contact Person : Gedamnesh Desta, Branch Manager


Areas of Interventions

The programme has three main components with corresponding set of activities conducted to realize the programme implementation. All of them are interrelated and complementary. The branch’s most commonly practiced programmes are:
  •  HIV prevention
  •  Care and support
  •  Community capacity building

Stakeholders and Partners 

Regional government offices (Harari)

  • Harari  region bureau of finance and economy development (BoFED)
  •  Harari region women, youth and children affairs (WYACA)
  •  Harari regional Health Bureau
  •  Harari regional Education Bureau
  •  Harari HIV/AIDS prevention and control office (HHAPCO)

Regional government offices (East Hararghe zone-Oromia)

  •  Eastern Hararghe zone bureau of finance and economy development (BoFED)
  •  Eastern Hararghe zone women, youth and children affairs (WYACA)
  •  Eastern Hararghe zone health department
  •  Babile town bureau of finance and economy development (BoFED)
  •  Babile town administration’s women, youth and children affairs (WYACA)
  •  Woreda administration offices 

Hospitals and partners

  • Jugel hospital
  • Hiwot Fana specialized teaching hospital
  •  Harar general hospital
  •  Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) Harar model clinic
  •  Tesfa Birhan, association of PLHIVs
  •  NEP+, Harari branch
  •  Tesfa Birhan, association of PLHIVs, Babile branch
  •  Timret Lehiwot Wise up Harar program


Former supporting donors

Looking back over the past efforts against the epidemic, OSSA Harar branch has had numerous donors which were committed to provide the financial and technical supports to run multiple projects. The following donors had been supporting the Harar branch with different programmes and target communities.
Item NoDonorsProgrammeTarget
1 Geneva Global Care and support OVCs & their guardians
2 USAID Care and support OVCs & their guardians
3 PACT Ethiopia Care and support OVCs & their guardians
4 Save the children Canada Care and support, Capacity building and IGA OVCs & their guardians
5 Save the children UK Prevention  
6 CRS Care and support OVCs & their guardians
7 DSW Prevention  
8 IPAS Ethiopia Prevention University students

Existing donors

Currently, there exist two donors supporting the programme being implemented by Harar branch. These are the royal government of Netherlands (BUZA) and Hope for Children Australia. 

Some highlights about the current projects

Two projects supported by the current donors are implemented by OSSA Harar branch. These are Link up project and Babile OVCs project. 

Link Up project 

This project was designed with the aim of integrating sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS information and services to highly vulnerable youth in the community (CSWs, PLHIV, in and out of school youth) with the age range of 10-24 years. Taking year 2015 as a point of discussion, the overall reachable target for the branch is 3,500 youth of which 500 are CSWs, 500 PLHIVs, 1,000 out of school youth and 1,500 are young people in schools. The project is implemented in 6 urban woredas (Aboker, Abadir, Hakim, Jinela, Shenkor and Amirnur) of Harari region. 

The project has 44 active volunteers and 6 supervisors working alongside OSSA’s key staffs.

Project activities

Main project activities include:

  • Conducting peer sessions for delivery of information and education about sexual reproductive health and rights
  • Linking clients to health facilities to help them get access to different services related to SRH and HIV problems
  • Capacity building to implementing partners and collaborating bodies
  • Youth empowerment through active participation of youth in HIV prevention and SRH education and information.

Success Stories

 Story title: End of suffering from cancer pain

“I am relieved from my pains and get better because of OSSA Harar branch and I want to say thank you!!” It is a word of a PLHIV who screened and managed for cervical cancer at Harar General Hospital.

OSSA’s PLHIV peer educator referred one of her peer support group members for cervical cancer screening at Harar General Hospital. The client was a 24 years PLHIV who is living in Aboker Woreda, Kebele 12 of Harar town. She was suffering from unexplained vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal and severe back pain for long time. She visited different health institutions in her area (health center and hospitals) to know the reason for her pain and sufferings. Sometime in the past, she was prescribed to undergo an ultrasound and pap smear tests. But due to financial constraints, she couldn’t afford to pay for the tests rather remained at home for long time struggling with her pain and discomforts.

Thanks to LINK Up project and OSSA, she found one of the peer educators living in her area and who participated peer sessions, and learnt that there is a service available for young PLHIV through referral system designed by OSSA and being implemented by Harar branch. She was the first to get access to cervical cancer screening and referral to the hospital. She was tested and found positive. Following the test result, she was admitted to Harar General Hospital and underwent different treatments, got relief and finally discharged with huge improvement in the condition of her health.

Hope for Children Project

This project was designed to provide the holistic care and support services for vulnerable children living in Babile town of East Hararghe zone. The services have been given to reduce the vulnerability of children coming from poor families, particularly those from HIV/AIDS affected families. The project is supported by Hope for Children of Australia targeting 75 OVCs and 60 guardians. 

The main project activities include:

  • Providing care and support for OVCs where all efforts are made to fulfill their basic needs
  • Providing home based care services to needy OVCs and guardians 
  • Promoting voluntary foster partnering to OVCs 
  • Improving household livelihood for OVC guardians