STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY RESPONSE AGAINST HIV/AIDS, GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION (SCAAD)(funded by Dan Church Aid).
RACOBAO is implementing a four year project (2012-2015) which has empowered rights holders to challenge harmful traditional and sexual practices that predispose them to HIV/AIDS, Gender Based Violence and Discrimination. Rights holders are empowered to demand for their rights and to conduct advocacy through interface meetings between rights holders and duty bearers or “Barazas” to demand for services.
The project has also strengthened community structures to respond to rights abuses resulting to reduced vulnerability to HIV by 2015.
Economic empowerment of rights holders as a key initiative under this project, rights holders have been mobilized to join VSLA groups which have increased their income hence progressively taking over the responsibility of looking after their families.
RACOBAO is building the capacity of duty bearers by strengthening the existing community structures to fulfill their mandates. RACOBAO identified structures such as Health Management Committees, Village Health Teams, Sub-county Aids Committee and District Aids Committee, whose members are supported to fulfill their obligations towards quality service delivery.
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY RESPONSE AGAINST HIV& AIDS IN RAKAI DISTRICT (funded by The Civil Society Fund (CSF).
RACOBAO is implementing a three year project which has strengthened community response against HIV in Rakai district. The project addresses socio cultural, behavioral, as well as structural drivers of HIV infection. In this regard therefore RACOBAO promotes the combination prevention strategy which has led to increased adoption of safer sexual behaviors/ practices and reduced risky behavior among the targeted population of Lwamaggwa, Dwaniro, Kacheera and Kagamaba sub-counties in Rakai district. The MARPs and communities around are empowered to reduce the prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS. RACOBAO is partnering with sub partners including Salama Shield Foundation, RANASO and Edward Iga Foundation to conduct behavioral change communication to prevent HIV sexual transmission; promote condom distribution; sensitize, mobilize and refer communities for safe medical male circumcision; prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases; sensitize and mobilize communities for HIV counseling and testing; mitigate stigma and discrimination; and also care treatment and support. Advocacy and networking are an integral part of the project. Because of the good collaboration with the District Health Officer’s office, Religious and cultural leaders, People Living with HIV groups, and the Civil Society Organizations in Rakai district, referrals for services such as Safe Medical Circumcision, HIV Counseling and Testing, and treatment of STIs and care, support and treatment have been strengthened.
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY STRUCTURES FOR SUSTAINED ART PROVISION IN LYANTONDE DISTRICT (funded by Pharmacists without Boarders, Sweden).
RACOBAO is implementing a 2 year project aimed at reinforcing adherence among people living with AIDS on ART. This project aims at consolidating achievements of earlier ART projects funded by Pharmacists without Boarders through improved co-ordination and networking, increased advocacy for better service provision, and sustained capacity building of community structures for better service delivery.
Under this project RACOBAO aims at increased adherence through lobbying for Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) provision at lower health units, RACOBAO lobbies the DHO to accredit lower health centers as static ART sites nearer to PLHIV, this is also followed by collaborating with TASO and Uganda Cares to train health workers from lower level health units in ART management, consequently the DHO has accredited 02 out of the 04 health centers as static ART sites.
HIV/AIDS service providers strengthened their coordination through the quarterly meetings of the District NGO forum. The project is also mobilizing PLHIV into networks for social action and facilitates their quarterly meetings through which they are able to successfully lobby for funds for their project.
The quarterly meetings have also increased advocacy for increased ART service delivery in Lyantonde District through social action of Sub-county AIDS Committees, sensitizing communities about rights of PLHIV especially to treatment, as well as advocating for accreditation of the remaining 02 health centers as static ART sites.
The project strengthened referral networks for provision of ART treatment and support services to 1,000 PLHIV in Lyantonde which was facilitated through a service provider mapping exercise that led to production of a referral directory and referral tools.