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Non-Communicable Diseases Health Initiative targeting Iganga Districts

Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases are the major NCDs that have been affecting people’s health in Uganda and the world over. The prevalence of NCDs is closely linked to socio-economic conditions, ecological environment, culture, customs, life style. There is a general lack of awareness of NCDs and their risk factors, many more people are sick or dying silently in their communities than those who report to health facilities. Screening for early detection and treatment prevents unnecessary death and complications

NCD programme focuses on screening non-communicable diseases, which contribute to the biggest burden of disease and keep poor communities out of high health risks. The programme targets to conduct NCD screening and referral campaigns targeting poor communities in the districts of Iganga and Jinja, through quarterly NCD Health Camps

Ghetto Community Based Health Initiative targeting vulnerable community members in slums of Kampala Capital City Authority.

The initiative aims at securing the Health of Ghetto Communities through; promoting Healthier Livelihoods, advancing Health and Safety living, strengthening Community structures to advocate for Health Rights, promoting partnerships of “COMMUNITIES-PRIVATE SECTOR- CSO” to address the Health Challenges by offering Integrated Community Health Outreach Services (NCD, HIV, and MNCH Screening and Referral Services)

Better Outcomes For Children And Youth Project In Northern Uganda

Covering Districts of Lira, Kole and Dokolo under Bantwana World Education with support USAID. Better Outcomes for Children and Youths (BOCY) in Northern and Eastern Region was awarded by USAID in 2015 to a consortium of partners lead by Bantwana World Education Initiative

The project targets households with Orphans vulnerable Children and Youths. The project supports a package core interventions for OVCs, youths and their care givers to ensure access critical services that mitigate vulnerabilities and promote their wellbeing. The project is implemented in a district led framework and in alignment with the National OVC Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development

The project aims for Improved well –being of children and youths made vulnerable by HIV and other adversities in Lira, Kole and Dokolo districts

The project purpose is to ensure that more OVCs and youths and their care givers access and utilize core services that improve health, nutrition, education and psychosocial well-being through;

⦁ Economically empowering OVC, youths and care givers have increased access to core services
⦁ Improving core services for OVC, youths and their care givers by Local Governments and community structures

⦁ Improving coordination of community based clinical and socio-economic services for OVCs, youths and caregivers along the continuum of care

Better Outcomes For Children And Youth Project In Northern Uganda

covering Districts of Lira, Kole and Dokolo under Bantwana World Education with support USAID. Better Outcomes for Children and Youths (BOCY) in Northern and Eastern Region was awarded by USAID in 2015 to a consortium of partners lead by Bantwana World Education Initiative

The project targets households with Orphans vulnerable Children and Youths. The project supports a package core interventions for OVCs, youths and their care givers to ensure access critical services that mitigate vulnerabilities and promote their wellbeing. The project is implemented in a district led framework and in alignment with the National OVC Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development

The project aims for Improved well –being of children and youths made vulnerable by HIV and other adversities in Lira, Kole and Dokolo districts

The project purpose is to ensure that more OVCs and youths and their care givers access and utilize core services that improve health, nutrition, education and psychosocial well-being through;

⦁ Economically empowering OVC, youths and care givers have increased access to core services
⦁ Improving core services for OVC, youths and their care givers by Local Governments and community structures

⦁ Improving coordination of community based clinical and socio-economic services for OVCs, youths and caregivers along the continuum of care

MTCT Project to strengthen Community Systems to Eliminate Loss to Follow-up in eMTCT in Oyam District

ViiV Health Care through PACF awarded THETA –Uganda a three year grant (2016-2019) titled “Strengthening of community systems to eliminate loss to follow up in eMTCT” in short referred to as CSS-eMTCT. The project is being implemented in Oyam district in partnership with Oyam District Local Government Health Department.

The goal of the project is to reduce the rate of lost to follow up to HIV prevention and lactating women across the eMTCT cascade by 98% in Oyam district through a sustainable family support system by 2018.

Project objectives; (i) To increase the knowledge of EMTCT and EID at family level to 95% among 920 villages in Oyam by 2018, (ii) To establish and develop a psychosocial support network of family groups that reaches 100% of HIV positive pregnant and lactating women in Oyam district. (iii) To establish a community led referred and follow up system that reaches 100% HIV+ pregnant/lactating women for EMTCT services by 2018

Project Implementation Strategies Include; Family focused eMTCT education, Peer led Family Support Groups (FSG), Economic Empowerment for families of PLHIV, Harnessing traditional and cultural systems to support eMTCT, Strengthening community health facility linkages

Local Non-Governmental Partnerships for sustained country leadership in Uganda under PEPFAR/CDC (Local Capacity Initiative Project).

This project focuses on building Advocacy Capacity for Civil Society Organizations to increase access to HIV and AIDS services by Most at Risk populations.

The LCI Project is implemented by THETA-Uganda (as a lead partner) in collaboration with MNL and AGHA Uganda since 1st April 2015. The project is funded by PEPFAR through supported through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project overall goal is to increase access to and uptake of HIV/AIDS services by the most at risk populations (MARPs) through; strengthening local advocacy capacity of MARPs civil society Organisations (CSOs), strengthening community health systems of selected public health service delivery points (SDPs) in order to make them more MARP-friendly as well as the advancement of policy level initiatives that address stigma and discrimination in an effort to further create an enabling environment for health services uptake targeting populations most at risk.

ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN PROJECT IMPROVING THE ACCESS OF OVC TO EDUCATION PROJECT

This program was established in 2005 to support Orphans and vulnerable Children in Kampala and Kaliro districts

Program Mandate

To reduce the vulnerability to HIV and AIDS and improve the quality life of OVC through education and psychosocial support

Program Objectives

  • – To strengthen the capacity of community schools, 1 in Kampala and 3 Kaliro so as to provide education in a conducive learning environment by the end of 2018.
  • – To improve physical, social and emotional wellbeing of OVCs by the end of 2018.

Core program areas Supported:

The project supports 4 of the 7 Core Program Areas (CPAs) of the 2011/12-2015/16 National Strategic Programme Plan of Interventions (NSPPI) for OVCs in Uganda including; CPA1 on Economic Strengthening; CPA2 on Food Security & Nutrition; CPA3 on Health, Water, Sanitation & Shelter; and CPA4 on Education with Psychosocial Support as a cross-cutting CPA.

Where the project is implemented:

The OVC project is being implemented in four schools.

  • – DirectInfant Primary School located in Bupyana parish, Gadumire Sub-county, Kaliro District
  • – Mpambwa Primary School located in Luvulo parish, Gadumire Sub-county, Kaliro District Mpambwa Parish 2 districts of Kampala and Kaliro.
  • – St. Kizito Primary School located in Bumanya Parish, Kaliro District

LOCAL CAPACITY INITIATIVE (LCI) PROJECT

Through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PEPFAR awarded THETA Uganda a grant to implement a five (5) year project titled “Local Non-Governmental Partnerships for Sustained Country Leadership under PEPFAR” referred to as Local Capacity Initiative (LCI) Project. The project is being implemented in Partnership with MARPs Network Limited (MNL) and Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) Uganda in the districts of Mukono, Wakiso and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

The project goal:

The goal of the project is to improve access of HIV and AIDS services for Most at Risk Populations (MARPs) in Wakiso, Mukono and Kampala districts in Uganda.

Project objectives

  • – To increase the advocacy capacity of 15 CSOs to demand accountability from government on national commitments on MARPs by the end 2019.
  • – To increase the capacity of 15 CSOs to identify the legal, policy, and structural barriers that impede equitable access to quality HIV services for MARPs by 2019.
  • – To strengthen the social support and health systems to facilitate greater access to HIV services by MARPs by 2019.
  • – To increase participation and representation of community leaders, people living with HIV and MARPs in the governance structures that influence health systems and services for populations most at risk by the end of 2019.
  • – To strengthen capacity of 15 CSOs to successfully secure and manage diversified funding by the end of 2019.

Project Implementation Strategies

  • – Participatory CSO advocacy capacity development.
  • – Facilitated CSO led HIV/AIDS Services score cards
  • – Policy and legal framework review/audits

Anticipated project outcomes

  • – Improved advocacy capacity among key population CSOs
  • – Improved policy and legal environment for Key Populations Services
  • – Improved responsiveness of health system to Key Populations health needs services
  • – Increased participation of key populations in health governance structures.
  • – Improved capacity of Key Populations CSOs to mobilise and successfully secure diversified funding for their programmes.

Project Strategies

Participatory CSO advocacy capacity development

The project progressively strengthens the capacity of CSOs in order to empower them to represent the different MARPs constituencies and to effectively advocate for HIV and AIDS and other health services for MARPs in the target local government.

Facilitated CSO-led HIV and AIDS response score cards

In order to assess the extent to which the government has met this commitment within the national HIV and AIDS response in the context of MARPs, the project undertakes bi-annual HIV/AIDS services score card at health facilities to access the extent of efforts towards to achieving zero new infections, zero stigma and discrimination and zero AIDS deaths and other commitments. This will empower service beneficiaries including MARPs and PLHIV to influence quality, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability in service provision at the local level.

Policy and legal reviews and audits

Progressively, the project creates an enabling environment for provision of and access to services by MARPs. THETA and partners plan to undertake reviews of HIV and AIDS and other health policies as well as audit laws that impact negatively on services for MARPs.

Partnership and coalition building

The project works with US funded and other partners for improved coordination and leverage of resources in raising voices for MARPs for improved access to HIV and AIDS services.

The expectedproject outcomes include:

  • – Improved advocacy among CSOs, Increased CSOs demand for accountability from government to provide access and quality HIV/AIDS services to MARPs, Evidence based policies / regulations related to HIV National response formulated and active MARPs coalitions able to influence policies and decisions
  • – Improved legal and policy environment for MARPS HIV/AIDS service and CSO coalitions able to influence legal / policy reforms
  • – Measures to reduce stigma and discrimination adopted and increased access to HIV/AIDS services by MARPS
  • – Increased participation of MARPs in health governance structures
  • – Improved capacity of CSOs to successfully secure and manage diversified funding improved program and implementation capacity and improved governance and management systems

Strengthening Of Community Systems to Eliminate Loss to Follow Up In EMTCT In Oyam District In Uganda

THETA Uganda with funding from ViiV Health care through Positive Action Children Fund (PACF) is implementing a three (3) year community eMTCT project (2016 – 2018), titled “Strengthening of community systems to eliminate loss to follow up in EMTCT”. The project seeks to strengthen linkages between communities and health facilities to address loss to follow up of HIV positive and lactating women across the EMTCT continuum care. The goal ofthe project is to reduce the rate of loss to follow up to HIV prevention and lactating women across the eMTCT cascade by 98% in Oyam district through a sustainable family support system by 2018.

The project objectives are to:

  • – Increase the knowledge of EMTCT and EID at family level to 95% among 920 villages in Oyam by 2018.
  • – Establish and develop a psychosocial support network of family groups that reaches 100% of HIV positive pregnant and lactating women in Oyam district.
  • – Establish a community led referred and follow up system that reaches 100% HIV+ pregnant/lactating women for eMTCT services by 2018. This project focuses on community interventions addressing loss to follow-up in eMTCT and Early Infant Diagnosis.

The project is implemented through the following strategies:

  • – Family focused EMTCT education
  • – Peer led Family support groups
  • – Economic Empowerment for families of PLHIV
  • – Harnessing traditional and cultural systems to support EMTCT
  • – Strengthening community health facility linkages

The project aims at achieving the following results:

  • – Increased number of people and families’ knowledge about EMTCT and EID
  • – Increased capacity of community structures to conduct EMTCT EDUCATION
  • – Increased access to psychosocial support by HIV positive women
  • – Increased of families to save money and invest in the community
  • – Increased access to EMTCT service