Gondar branch is one of the former branches of OSSA and it was establish in 1995
About The Branch Office
OSSA Gondar branch is one of the branches of OSSA which was establish in 1995 to play a vital role in the prevention of HIV and AIDS. Shouldering this great mission, OSSA Gondar branch for last 20 years has been committed to coordinate and facilitate anti HIV/AIDS activities to empower communities in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support services, to provide comprehensive care and support to infected and affected members and to promote sexual and reproductive health program.
W/ro Firewoyni Beyene, Branch Manager
Vision, mission, goals, objectives and core principles The organizational vision, mission, goals and objectives and principles are the same with that of OSSA in general. Vision and others are shared among all branches and each branch is expected to abide by these vision, mission, goals and core values or principles.
Integration of HIV/AIDS and SRH
Empowering early marriage
- All cub cities of Gondar including Tseda satellite city and 2 rural kebeles
- West Belesa, Lay Armacho and Tikil Dingay woredas of North Gondar zone
- Three rural kebeles in Dembiya woreda,
- Chilga, Alefa and Takus woredas of North Gondar zone
- And Debretabor university in south Gondar.
OSSA Gonder branch major achievements
The branch office distributes supplementary food such as powder milk, sugar, tea, and refined wheat flour for PLHIVs and OVCs to improve their nutritional status. Provision of nutritional counseling to the target PLHIVs and OVCs benefited the beneficiaries to reduce malnutrition and maintain their health system.
Health care service
The care givers in collaboration with the health extension workers provide health care education to OVCs and PLHIVs focusing on health improvement, adherence to treatment, how to cope with illness and acute illness and referrals to health facilities. The care givers conduct weekly visit to provide the health care services.
Shelter and care
OSSA Gondar branch primairly identifies poorly maintained and seeming likely to collapse houses and works to renovate them in collaboration with kebele adminsitrations, ‘Idirs’ leaders and the benefiries themselves. By this action, OVCs and or guardians are able to live in a better houses and begin to see hope in their future.
The branch office facilitates mass education to provide health information on STI, HIV transmission and prevention mechanisms, VCT, sexual reproductive health information and education and on the elimination of stigma and discrimination. This event has been done to improve the community awareness, particularly on issue related to HIV, STI, stigma and discrimination and other transmitted diseases. Group discussions accompany mass education using the popular Ethiopian coffee ceremony used to collect people together.
Provision of VCT service
OSSA Gondar branch provides HIV counseling and testing, diagnosis of STI, medical care and early detection and management of opportunistic infection to the people living in hotspot areas of Gondar. The work has been done in conjunction with the government health institutions.
Provision of educational support
The branch office works hard to reduce the number of orphan and vulnerable children school dropout in Gondar. It is a customary practice for poor children to drop the school when they face severe economic problem and unable to buy the necessary materials for school such as exercise books, pens, school uniforms and pencils and the like. OSSA intervenes to curb the problem of school drop out by providing education support and ensure that by such support, OVCs are able to attend school on regular basis.
programme People infected and affected by HIV/AIDS such as PLHIVs and their families have been supported by facilitating provision of garden, seeds and other necessary material inputs to make them able to generate their own income through engagement in urban gardening. This programme has proved to support families to improve their lives through income generations activities and surplus vegetable production for their own consumption at home. A typical urban garden and cultivated vegetable for sales and own consumption