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.