This project was focused on achieving four specific objectives namely: To improve the uptake of essential sexual, reproductive and MNCH (maternal, neonatal and child health) services; To integrate HIV and malaria services among populations living in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) project sites; To increase communities’ capacities to sustainably manage natural resources in an attempt to increase food security and improve livelihoods in HoPE-LVB project sites; To utilize the emerging PHE policy framework to support health system strengthening, natural resource management and the scaling up of the HoPE-LVB model for PHE integration in Kasese project sites.

 

Project period: 02/2018 to July 2019; Funded by Margareti A Cargill Foundation US;

Objectives:

This project is focused on achieving four specific objectives:

    1. To improve the uptake of essential sexual, reproductive and MNCH (maternal, neonatal and child health) services.
    2. To integrate HIV and malaria services among populations living in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) project sites.
    3. To increase communities’ capacities to sustainably manage natural resources in an attempt to increase food security and improve livelihoods in HoPE-LVB project sites.
    4. To utilize the emerging PHE policy framework to support health system strengthening, natural resource management and the scaling up of the HoPE-LVB model for PHE integration in Kasese project sites.
  • A total of 3009+ referrals (Family Planning, HIV testing, Immunization, Antenatal, Nutrition, other facility services) from the community to the facility were made and 2791+ clients have been able to receive a service making effective referral. Similarly, 291+ referrals from the facility to the community were made and completed making it 100%.
  • A total of 708+ pregnant mothers have been mapped, referred and linked for appropriate services like ANC and elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT) and have successfully received the service.
  • 450+ Fruit trees planted with 70 PHE Model Households, and trained in alternative livelihoods.
  • 560 information sessions on Family planned held with young mothers groups and model village households
  • 70 Smoke free -energy cooking stoves, 70 kitchen gardens and 70 drying racks constructed.
  • 60 Hand washing kits given out to schools and health facilities
  • 60 young mothers trained in saloon hair making skills
  • 6 PHE clubs were formed in 6 primary schools

Project period 04/2017-03/2018; Funded by US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

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 (OVC) households.

 

Activities included:                                               

  • 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:

  • 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 the health facility 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.

The overarching aim of this programme is to develop integrated supports to grandmothers in Uganda who are caring for children and grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty

Project period: 01/2019- to date; Funded by 70 individual global donors.

The overarching aim of this programme is to develop integrated supports to grandmothers in Uganda who are caring for children and grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.

An additional objective of this programme is to educate 100 households of grandmothers caring for HIV positive children/grandchildren about topics such as a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and disease prevention.


Activities include
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  • Designing an integrated programme which provides supports to grandmothers caring for children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.
  • Facilitating informative discussions surrounding the topics of hygiene, HIV prevention, nutrition, children’s health, parenting skills and exercise specifically targeted at older people.
  • Executing workshops aimed at training grandmothers in agricultural input for kitchen gardens.

Project time: 27/05/2019- to date
Funded by Community Health and Sustainable Environment Africa

The principal objective of this project was to accelerate the uptake of various family planning methods in isolated rural communities in the Rwenzori Region. Delivered by a team comprised of 24 CHWs/VHTs, 2 Clinicians, 6 Midwives and 2 RCRA technical staff.

Activities included:

  • Organizing meetings with the District Health Office to identify the locations and mobilization of the in-charges including selection of clinicians , Midwives and Nurses.
  • Sourcing family planning (FP) supplies from the Ministry of Health
  • Training community health workers to conduct community level mobilization outreaches
  • Carrying out meetings between local leaders, health workers, the Ministry of Health and the communities to dispel myths surrounding FP and to create awareness surrounding the different types of FP.
  • Oversee mobile outreach day-clinics and Backpack Nurse clinics in Busongaora North, Bukonzo and Busongola South sub-counties of the Kasese district.
  • Referring critical patients who could not have been managed on site.

Results:

A total number of 177,080 people have been reached with the health services in the clinic of which 10,056 women received family planning services securing CYP 5925.

The main objective of this project is to accelerate HIV/AIDS epidemic control in the Fort Portal region. This project also strives to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals. These goals state that by 2022:

  • 95% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
  • 95% of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
  • 95% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

Activities include:                                            

  • Identifying people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • Index client contact tracing.
  • Linking individuals to antiretroviral therapy (ART) services.
  • Supporting adherence to and retention on ART.
  • Support children, youth and their caregivers with 4 core OVC service packages.

RCRA has been actively supporting the Kasese district to prevent and respond COVID19 pandemic through assistance with personal protective equipment which included sanitizers, hand wash shop, facemasks, aprons to health workers

In order to sustainable community interventions, RCRA engaged in budget advocacy and expenditure tracking for improved financing for women, children and adolescent services in Kasese.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the delivery of women, children and adolescent (WCAH) services in the Kasese district.

In addition to this objective, the project also focuses on successfully accomplishing two sub-targets.

Firstly, the RCRA aims to increase evidence and understanding surrounding the impact of global financing facility (GFF) funds on the quality of WCAH services.

The second sub-target of this project is to strengthen the RCRA’s linkages with other Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) partners working in the Kasese district communities.