RACOBAO specifically targets the following rights holders;
- Orphans and Vulnerable children
- People Living with HIV (PLHIV)
- Young people especially youth out of school
- Most At Risk Populations (MARPs): Bodaboda riders, CSW/barmaids and hotel attendants, Married and in long-term relationships (women 30-35 and men 40-45)
The above target has been selected owing to their vulnerability to the effects of socio-cultural factors such as early marriage, widow inheritance, wife sharing, courtship rape and polygamy. Others are chronic poverty, low status of women and girls, violation/abuse of human rights through sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), stigma and discrimination. These are compounded by inequity and low access to prevention, care and treatment as well as low level of education.
On the other hand, the effects of HIV and AIDS have increased vulnerability to women and girls. The existing Gender inequalities mean that women in Lyantonde district are more vulnerable to HIV given their low status, lower educational attainment, higher unemployment, and weaker negotiating skills within relationships. Men control financial resources and decide when, how much and which health care women receive.
Widows and orphans, often lose their land and other household assets to relatives and in laws who grab them leaving them impoverished. The traditional social justice system which is headed by clan leaders does not favour such women, is patriarchal and enforces gender discrimination. In some places the traditional social justice systems are not functional. Women may not have the means to seek legal redress due to lack of information and resources as well as corruption. With this legal and social justice vacuum, many PLHIV and CHH continue to lose property thereby increasing their vulnerability to HIV infection.
Secondary Target Group/Duty bearers
Legal Duty bearers
RACOBAO targets the following key duty bearers, District AIDS Committee (DAC), Sub county AIDS Committees (SAC), Parish AIDS Committee (PAC). These are council members mandated to plan and coordinate AIDS activities at parish, sub count and district levels. They Budget for HIV and AIDS activities and monitor utilisation HIV and AIDS funds.
Health management committees (HMCs) as mandated by the National health strategic plan do monitor the performance of health workers including monitoring drug stock outs and ensure cleanliness and regular maintenance of the health facilities.
The district council is the decision making organ at the district level charged with the responsibility of identifying local level priorities and allocating resources for implementation which decisions are implemented by the civil servants that include Probation Officer, District Health Officer, Community Development officer, Sub county Chiefs. The district council is responsible for deciding how much money goes to which priority based on budget plans developed by the sector civil servants/technocrats and as presented during the budget conference. Consequently, the council decides how much should be allocated for HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and support.
Moral Duty Bearers
RACOBAO recognises that advocacy efforts cannot be achieved single handed. Therefore, RACOBAO proposes to collaborate with agencies such as Uganda Network for AIDS Service Organisations (UNASO); Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA), Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET), Rakai Counsellors Association (RACA), Community Initiative for Prevention Against AIDS (CIPA), the National NGO Forum, and other health leaning NGOs to enhance advocacy for supportive funding; so that more support could be provided to the community and families of those living with HIV /AIDS. Specific focus will be put on the limited supply and at times late supply of essential medicines and ARVs to the PHAs and those that needs them.