Public health leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS have come to an ominous realization: Progress in cutting new infections has slowed. A large reason is a persistent cycle of transmission among young women in sub-Saharan Africa.
Areas that have prevented this transmission share certain things in common.
One is a network of trained community health workers.
World Neighbors is one of the NGOs that works with partners to train these workers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Burkina Faso struggles with criminal and ideologically-motivated armed groups.
One small NGO is addressing this through “passing on the gift” chicken farming.
This is a model in which World Neighbors purchases superior chickens (and other animals) and gives them to a handful of farmers who are also trained in breeding and other techniques. When these farmers’ chickens have chicks, the farmer “passes on” at least one of them to another farmer without them. Along with the chick comes instruction from the farmer in breeding, more advanced veterinary skills, etc.