Country of Operation
- Family Health International (FHI)Not-for-profit
- Regional Outreach Addressing AIDS through Development Strategies (ROADS)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryThe SafeTStop project seeks to reduce HIV transmission, improve care, and lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS amongst long distance truck drivers along the Northern Transport Corridor.
The project agenda is to improve availability of HIV and AIDS services in communities along the major transport corridors of East Africa, and the transport workers and other mobile populations that move through them. The program seeks to strengthen the economic and social capital that raise the essential services used to both reduce the risk of HIV and assist people who are infected and affected by it.
Key program components
These goals will be achieved by strengthening the current efforts used to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, the program provides opportunities for new partners to apply their expertise to the objective of creating “safe community stops” for truckers, travelers and the communities who host them. They scheme also provides support for selected community-based programs in transport corridors, and promotes policy initiatives which create macro-environments that address the impact of HIV and AIDS. SafeTStop recreation and resource centers offer educational outreach, confidential HIV counseling and testing, and a secure place to relax for truck drivers and other transient workers.The centers link truckers to: * Voluntary, confidential HIV counseling and testing * Treatment of sexually transmitted infections * Education and training opportunities * Support for orphans and at-risk children. The program is currently operating in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan and Djibouti, and is making efforts to be launched in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the coming months.