PROGRAM NAME

1,000 Women’s Gardens for Health and Nutrition

Funded By

Individual Donors on GlobalGiving.org
Collaborative research with University of California, Berkeley and Mountains of the Moon University

STATUS

Ongoing

TIMEFRAME

March 2019 – Present

POPULATION

6000 Women

CHALLENGE & OBJECTIVE

The program aims to help and empower female households to cultivate 7 local vegetables so they have access to healthy nutrition and an avenue to generate income for their families. In Kasese District, 85% of households make a living as subsistence farmers on degraded land and hunger and malnutrition are chronic issues. Over 40% of children 5-59 months old are stunted and 13% are wasted (lose their lives). Women are the main farmers of food but need support to improve crop diversity and productivity. Other women lack access to land but can garden collectively. Better nutrition is essential for improving the health status of children and school performance.

ACTIONS TAKEN BY RCRA

  • Establishment of kitchen gardens practicing regenerative agriculture
  • Nutrition education and assessment
  • Graduation of better preforming households and enrolment of new beneficiaries
  • Procurement of seedling and project tools/vehicle
  • Training and continuous household mentorship on the kitchen garden maintenance and sustainability

RESULTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Provided a partnership model of effective support for home and community gardens for replication and scaling-up throughout Uganda
  • Women-managed gardens empower women to feed their families, earn income, reduce domestic tension and, eventually, command community respect

PROGRAM NAME

Bi-directional Community-Facility, clinical Linkages and Referral service delivery.

Funded By

Baylor College of Medicine and Children’s Foundation

(CDC funded project)

STATUS

Completed

TIMEFRAME

2017-2018

POPULATION

40,000 people

CHALLENGE & OBJECTIVE

The objectives of this intervention were to strengthen the linkage and referral process for individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS and to ensure equitable access and service delivery to those orphan and vulnerable children households

ACTIONS TAKEN BY RCRA

  • Working alongside linkages and referral assistants to identify previously undetected HIV-positive individuals through contact tracing and highly targeted community-based testing
  • Linking those who do test positive to care services such as ART
  • Carrying out home visits or phone calls to those individuals who missed their appointments

RESULTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 669 HIV positive/TB clients who missed medical appointments were identified and each case was followed up with a phone call or home visit and returned to care
  • 2717 referrals from the community to health facilities were made. Of these, 2412 clients received a service, making effective referral completion 89%
  • 35 individuals who were newly identified as being HIV positive were successfully linked and enrolled in care
  • 293 pregnant mothers were mapped, referred and linked to appropriate services such as antenatal care (ANC) or elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT)
  • 44 Community Client Led ART distribution groups were formed from the 218 HIV positive clients identified as eligible