Adama HIV/AIDS Resource Center
The Ethiopia National HIV/AIDS Policy which was endorsed by the parliament in 1998 underscores the need to empower women, the youth and other vulnerable groups to take action to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS. The National HIV/AIDS Policy also calls for information, education and communication/Behavioral Change Communication (IEC/BCC) programs to inform the population about the risk factors and encourage people to adopt protective behavior. As integral part of informing, educating and communicating the community about this deadly virus, the government of Ethiopia established the National AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa city and other nine Regional AIDS Resource centers in each region . Hence Oromia AIDS Resource Center (OARC) which is found in Adama city is the center which is established for the provision of different IEC/BCC resources materials on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), and Tuberculosis (TB). It is a governmental organization which was launched in March 2005 through an innovative and visionary public and private partnership between the National AIDS Resource Center, Oromia HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control Office, Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, CDC and it is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria; and President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Currently named as Adama HIV/AIDS Resource Center, is providing the communities of East Shawa, Arsi, West Arsi, and North Showa zones with up-to-date information resources on HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB, and on other epidemic disease.
Provide up-to-date and accurate information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and Tb, developing and distributing culturally appropriate behavior change communication materials, and gathering and distributing resource materials from other sources.
Provide researchers, policy makers, health providers, media professionals and the general public with access to high-tech Internet connection to conduct research on current health issues.
Provide informational resources support to the projects and activities of the regional HAPCO and Health Bureau in HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB.
Provide broadcast media with local perspectives and information on regional HIV/AIDS issues.