DKT ETHIOPIA INTRODUCES BRAILLE-BASED CONDOM USE INSTRUCTIONS
With the release last month of braille-based condom instructions, DKT Ethiopia responds to a need that may affect as many as 5 million blind or visually impaired Ethiopians.
“[High risk factors] necessitates the need for specific HIV/AIDS interventions for people with disabilities,” says Dagmawit Girmay, DKT Ethiopia Deputy Director.
“Often times, and contrary to popular assumption, disabled individuals are at higher-risk for HIV than the general population.”
DKT Ethiopia, the Ethiopian country office of DKT International, one of largest private family planning providers in the world, is a consistent leader in innovative initiatives and activities.
In the recent past, DKT Ethiopia has undertaken initiatives ranging from partnering with global gas giant Total to reach domestic workers at kerosene filling stations in Addis Ababa to using nearly 200 anti-AIDS clubs to resell condoms across Ethiopia.
“We seek creative opportunities to solve challenges in reproductive health,” says Rory Harrington, Country Director for DKT Ethiopia.
“In doing so, we are able to reach new markets and generate cost efficiencies for the organization.”
DKT Ethiopia is one of the largest providers of HIV-prevention and family planning products in Ethiopia. DKT Ethiopia regularly contributes approximately one-third of couple years protection (CYP) in the country, including over 60 million condoms and 3 million each cycles of oral contraceptive pills and injectable contraceptives every year. DKT Ethiopia also manages a number of nationwide projects targeting high-risk groups, including rural women and men, university students, and sex workers.
Contact Fitih Tola, DKT Ethiopia’s Public Relations Officer.