AAHAPCO

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control

Kifle Ketemas

The Addis Ababa HIV & AIDS Prevention and Control Office (AAHAPCO) was established in order to mobilise multi-sectoral and grassroots efforts to fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Addis Ababa.  AAHAPCO has offices at all 10 Addis Ababa city administration offices or sub cities (kifle Ketema in Amharic) throughout Addis Ababa.

AAHAPCO works with HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office desks at the sub-city level and Health & HIV/AIDS workers at the Kebele level.  The Sub-City and Kebele desks coordinate work in their area and make links with local groups and community organisations wanting to undertake HIV/AIDS related activities.  It is through these desks that AAHAPCO is able to reach and encourage a grassroots response to the HIV & AIDS pandemic in Addis Ababa.

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office desks at the sub-city level are coordinated and supported by Addis Ababa HAPCO but managed by the sub city chief executive. Every sub-city or kifle ketema has its own projects and programs dealing with those intervention areas that are most applicable for that part of city. Each sub-city or kifle ketema is monitored by and receives guidance from the HIV/AIDS council. The HIV/AIDS Council is composed of at least 10 members from different stakeholders (like NGOs, CBOs, private organizations, civil associations, respected individuals, etc.). A similar structure is found at the kebele level. Click here to view or download the organizational structure of AAHAPCO.

 

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Azo Baako was born and raised in Addis Ababa.  Besides being an HIV activist, he has served as a consultant for the adult industry, helping to educate both customers and employees on the dangers of HIV/Aids.

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