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Establishment history

Mekdim Ethiopia National Association of PLHIV and AIDS Orphans was established in 1996 by a group of 3 people living with the virus and 9 Aids orphans. In 1997, it has got a license from the Addis Ababa City government to work at the regional level. Then, in August 1999, it has got an NGO license from the Ministry of Justice to operate at the National level. The foundation of Mekdim was based on people that were unified by common experiences faced when encountering HIV/AIDS at a time of high stigma, ignorance and discrimination.

 The founders at the beginning used to meet informally in each other’s homes or offices to provide mutual psychological and social support. Cohesion among these individuals was strengthened by the fact that they were either directly infected with HIV or implicitly affected by the epidemic. Consequently, they were able to establish Mekdim (meaning pioneer), which is the first legally registered and presently one of the major PLHIV’s associations in Ethiopia. Currently the association has a total of over 10,000 members (26 % AIDS Orphans & 74% PLHIV). And it has been undertaking various HIV/AIDS Projects/programs in six different areas in the country.

MENA targets HIV Positive persons, Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Most at Risk Mobile Populations (MARPs). MENA has renewed its license on November 12th, 2009 as an Ethiopian Residents charity according to the charities and societies proclamation No.621/2009 and is legally allowed to continue its contribution to the country’s development strategies with the interventions of various HIV/AIDS prevention, Care and Support services.

 Organization, Vision, mission, Goal ,Objective & core value

Vision:

  • To see a society that cares and supports PLHIV and AIDS orphans and a generation free of HIV/AIDS.
  •  Addressing the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the protection of the basic needs and human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and dependents, through holistic care and support, education and advocacy.

 Goals:

  • Improve the quality of life of persons and communities infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.
  • Play a leading and exemplary role in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

 Values

  • Community–Based, Participatory, PLHIV and AIDS Orphans Centered/focused, Quality and sustainable service delivery, Effectiveness and efficiency, Ethical consideration and Honesty, Integrity, equitability, transparency and accountability


Operational Areas

MENA currently has projects operational in four regional states and one city administration in collaboration with CBOs/CSOs has been undertaking various HIV/AIDS Programs/projects:

 Partnership

MENA believes that successful partnership is a two way process that is developed through: open dialogue, agreed roles and responsibilities, shared goals and objectives, monitoring and evaluation, appreciation of strengths, mutual support and embracing interdependency. MENA carries out partnerships with a wide array of development actors. These partnerships ensure greater sustainability, maximized human, financial and material resource utilization, stronger interventions, mutual learning, and synergy. Mekdim has been closely working in partnership with

1. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Justice Charities and Societies agency,

2. Ministry of Health (MoH),

3. Regional & Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Offices,

4. Concern Ethiopia,

5. Care Ethiopia,

6. Geneva Global,

7. Save the children USA,

8. American Jewish World Service (AJWS),

9. Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA),

10. Land O’LAKES,INC,

11. Pathfinder International,

12. DAI (Development Alternatives, INC.),

13. I-TECH, CU-ICAP ,

14. PSI (Population Service International,

15. PATH International,

16. Tulane University,

17. CAFOD Ethiopia

18. Global Fund

19. Civil Society support Program (CSSP)/ British Council

20. Ethiopian Social Accountability Program Phase II (ESAPII)

21. Positive Action For Children Fund

22. Project Hope

23. AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF) and more than 50 CBOs and 400 PLHIV Associations operate in different areas of the country

Programmatic Areas

Currently, MENA carries out projects in the following core platform areas of seven major HIV/AIDS programmatic activities: Gender and disability are all cross-cutting themes that are integrated across MENA projects

Project Information

Project NameProject Area of Operation Active ProjectsProject Donor
USAID MULU Key Population
Program
Oromia Region : Dukem, Bushoftu, Modjo,
Adama, Wolenchety, Wonji, Assela and Dhera;
1 town in Amhara Region : Arerti: Addis Ababa
(Kolfe Keranyo and Akaki Kality Sub cities)
USAID through
Population Service
International (PSI)
USAID MULU MARPS ActivityOromia Region : Dukem, Bushoftu, Modjo,
Adama, Wolenchety, Wonji, Assela and Dhera;
1 town in Amhara Region : Arerti: Addis Ababa
(Kolfe Keranyo and Akaki Kality Sub cities)
USAID through
Population Service
International (PSI)
USAID Community HIV Care and
Treatment Activity
Oromia Region : Dukem, Bushoftu, Modjo,
Adama, Wolenchety, Wonji, Assela and Dhera;
1 town in Amhara Region : Arerti
USAID through Project
Hope
Strengthening Citizens’ Voice
and Enhancing the
Accountability
Oromia : in 3 WoredaofArsi zone and
(Dodota, Hetosa and Lode Hetosa) and
2Woredas of East Shewa zone (Boset and
LibenChukala)
World bank through
Management Agency
Treatment care and support
with and treatment adherence
project
Bahir Dar, Dessie, Shashemene, Jimma and
Addis Ababa
Global Fund through
NEP+
ntegrated HIV Prevention, Care
and Support through Livelihood
Support, PMTCT, Stigma /
Discrimination Reduction
Intervention Project
kolfeKeraniyo and Gulele Sub cities of Addis
Ababa city administration
CST (CAFOD, SCIAF
&Trocaire)
Economic Empowerment and
Social support Initiative Project
AkakiKality and KolfeKeraniyo sub cities of
Addis Ababa city administration
Civil Society Support
program through
ANNOPA
MENA Community Based ART
Clinic
Addis AbabaAIDS Health Care
Foundation
Hope for Marginalized Women
living with HIV Project
Oromia Region (Jimma amd Shashemene
towns); Amhara Region (Bahir Dar and Dessie
towns)
Positive Action For
Children Fund
Ensuring Quality HIV/AIDS
Services by Consolidating and
Strengthening Existing HIV/AIDS
Prevention, Treatment, Care and
Support Programs
MENA Addis Ababa, Dessie, Bahir Dar, Jimma
and Shashemene Branch Office
NEP+ (Global Fund)
/Regional Networks
Economic Empowerment for
people infected and Affected by
HIV
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeTrocaire, CAFOD and
SCIAF Ethiopia
Mullu MARPs Prevention
Project
MENA Adama and Addis Ababa Branch OfficePSI International
Re-engaging Adolescents and
children with HIV
Addis Ababa branchPediatric AIDS
Treatment For Africa
(PATA)
Economic empowerment
psychosocial support initiative
Addis Ababa and Bahardar branchesEthiopian civil society
support program (CSSP)
through ANOPA and
ORDA

Experience with the fund support of USAID

Mekdim Ethiopia National association has been implementing various project activities within four regions and one city of administration of Ethiopia with USG and Non-USG project fund support. Particularly the association has an excellent reputation in executing USAID funded program. Currently it had implemented the following ongoing and phased out projects through the project fund support of USAID in collaboration with International Non-government Organizations.
1. MULU Key Population Activity
2. MULU MARPS Program
3. Community HIV Care and Treatment Activity
4. “USAID TransACTION: Prevention and Care Services for At Risk Mobile Populations” Project in selected 11 towns on the east Corridor of Oromia National Regional State; USAID /Save the Children USA 
5. Strengthening community Response to HIV/ AIDS Project; USAID/PATH International within 41 towns of Amhara, Afar and Benishangul-Gumze Regional National State.
6. USAID Ethiopia Urban Gardens Program; USAID/DAI within five branches(Adama, Shashemene, Jimma , Dessie and Bahir Dar)
7. Targeted HIV prevention Program (THPP); USAID/PSI in Addis Ababa and Jimma Branches
8. Ethiopia/ Prevention, Care & Support for PLHA & OVC; USAID/Geneva in Shashemenie, Arsi Negele and Kuyera towns, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
9. Dairy income generating Activity for PLHIV program (DIGA-PLHIV )program-USAID/Land O’Lakes international in Addis Ababa, Shashemene and Bair Dar Branches.
10. PC3 Ethiopia/ Positive Change : Children, Community and Care (PC3) Program; USAID /Save the Children USA/Care International in Ethiopia in Adama, Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar Branches

Sub granting Experience

Over the past years, MENA has been sub-granting funds from USG and non-USG donors to CBOs and CSOs for the purpose of covering program costs such as OVC support, HIV prevention, Care and support programs. Under USIAID funded programs MENA has been sub granting for 25 CBOs in Positive Change: Children, Community and Care (PC3) program within three project areas namely Adama, Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, through “USAID TransACTION: Prevention and Care Services for At Risk Mobile Populations” Project in selected 11 towns on the east Corridor of Oromia National Regional State sub granted for 11 HAC (HIV/AIDS Committee) and through the project Strengthen Community Response to HIV/AIDS Program funded by PATH International has sub-granted to a total of 42 CSOs in Amhara National Regional State.

Completed Projects

Project NameProject Area of Operation Active ProjectsProject Donor
Care and Support project for
people infected and affected
by HIV/AIDS
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeConcern Worldwide
Bridging time OVC Care and
support Service Project
MENA Addis Ababa and Adama
Branch Office
International Orthodox Christian
Charities(IOCC) and Silesians of Don
Bosco
Prevention and Care Services
for At Risk Mobile Populations
“TransACTION”
MENA Adama Branch OfficeSave the Children USA
Strengthening Community
Response to
HIV/AIDS(SCRHA)
MENA Bahir Dar and Dessie
Branch Office
PATH International
OVC Support and IncomeGenerating Activities for
People Living with HIV/AIDS
MENA Jimma and Addis Ababa
Branch Office
American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
ART for Positive LifeMENA Bahir Dar and Dessie
Branch Office
I-TECH
ART Adherence SupportMENA Jimma Branch OfficeCU-ICAP
Prevention, Care and SupportMENA Shashemene Branch OfficeGeneva Global
Ethiopia Urban Garden
Program for HIV/AIDS –
Affected Women and
Children
MENA Dessie, Adama,
Shashemene and Jimma Branch
Office
DAI (Development Alternatives, INC.)
Ethiopia Diary Development
Program
MENA Addis Ababa and
Shashemene Branch Office
Land O’LAKES,INC
Support to The Youth Friendly
AIDS Resource Center in
Jimma
MENA Jimma Branch OfficeAIDS Resource Center
Targeted HIV Prevention
Program(THPP)
MENA Jimma and Addis Ababa
Branch Office
PSI (Population Service International
Positive Change: Children,
Community and Care (PC3)
MENA Addis Ababa Adama and
Addis Ababa Branch Office
Save the Children USA and Care
Ethiopia
Community-Based Care and
Support programme for
HIV/AIDS infected & affected
Young people
Community-Based Care and
Support programme for HIV/AIDS
infected & affected Young people
Interact Worldwide (EU)
IGA (A positive Future for
Young people from HIV/AIDS
affected Households)
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeInteract Worldwide (Tid Foundation)
Community Based
Program/Project Monitoring
(Community Score Card)
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeInteract Worldwide (WB)
HIV/AIDS prevention and
Control through community
based care and support
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficePathfinder International –Ethiopia
Promoting Orphans and
Vulnerable children‘s Rights
through advocacy and
Psychosocial Support
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeSave the Children Sweden
PAF Adherence ProjectMENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeWHO
Safe Livelihoods for youth in
AIDS-Orphaned families
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeCAP AIDS
Neglected Tropical Disease
Education and Treatment (Deworming)
MENA Addis Ababa Branch OfficeCEMENT and American Jewish World
Service (AJWS)