MILITARY ACTION PREVENTION PROGRAM (MAPP)
Within the framework of the implementation of the Military Action and Prevention Program (MAPP), the Society for Family Health is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the capacity enhancement of key military personnel to ensure capacity for HIV prevention, care and support. This program has been receiving financial support from the US Department of Defense since 2003.
For over 17 years, SFH has been working in partnership with the U.S Department of Defense (DOD) and the Namibian Ministry of Defense to implement a Military Action and Prevention Program (MAPP) The organisation works closely with the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to reduce the military personnel’s and their families’ vulnerability to HIV, while creating a more positive environment for other at risk populations.
The Namibian Ministry of Defense recruits young men and women at a time of their greatest risk to HIV, in the 15 to 25 year age group where 21% of all new infections occurs. The military risk environment is further enhanced by the mobility and absences from home and community that military life demands. The dynamic of transmission could be viewed as similar to that seen in long-distance transport workers and migrants employed in the construction and mining sectors.
The primary objective of this program is to implement a standard package of HIV interventions that intensifies previously implemented activities aimed at providing HIV prevention services to military personnel and their families, especially new recruits, young men and women.
The goal of Military Action for Prevention Program (MAPP) is to support the Ministry of Defense/Namibian Defense Force (MOD/NDF) to implement the standard package of interventions and enabling the MOD to better manage the MAPP activities. Project objectives included:
Highlights of achievements
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