AIDS at Church: Christian HIV/AIDS Alliance

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I just found this site, belonging to a really interesting UK-based group called the Christian HIV/AIDS Alliance.  They’ve got a lot of links and resources, especially for churches.  Here’s how the group describes itself:

The Christian HIV/AIDS Alliance is a network of Christian agencies, churches and individuals praying and working together to serve and empower those affected by HIV and AIDS

Our Vision is to see a mobilised UK Christian community which is aware of and active in compassionate Christian responses to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Our Mission is to facilitate compassionate, strategic Christian responses to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic by working together as an Alliance to educate, inform and challenge the UK Christian community.

~ by h.e.g. on August 27, 2008.

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  1. P.O BOX 861 Tororo, Eastern Uganda or 25671 Kampala
    Tel; +256 772 593319 Kampala.
    Plot 22A Muvule Road, Email: abctororo@yahoo.com

    “Life is what you make it”
    ————————————————————————————————————
    25 /11/2009

    TO : Executive Director
    Christian AIDS allinace
    Dear Sir/Madam/Rev,

    REF: REQUEST FOR PARTNERSHIP, TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO SCALE UP BEST PRACTICES

    Please receive Action for behavioral change Uganda application for Partnership, Technical and financial support from your organization in the next financial year 2010.We are registered as community based organization in the following 7 districts of Uganda;kamapla ,Mukono, Tororo, Kitgum,, Pallisa, Busia and Gulu.This make us reach wider community.

    An action for behavioral change has completed a number of poverty eradication, RH and community HIV/AIDS prevention innovative projects successful and would like to scale up and replicate them in more rural areas. We successful implemented innovative behavioral change projects funded by straight talk foundation, ministry of health-Kampala, Plan Uganda, Germany foundation for world population (DSW) and ABC on;

    All the staffs of Action for behavioral change Uganda does provide their professional skills to the organization on volunteer basis (work for no pay attitude) to bring positive social change, good health and development in the rural or urban poor communities.

    Attached is our profile indicating projects implemented, achievements, we look forward for your consideration as a partner.

    Yours truly,

    Mr. Otundo Kennedy
    Programme Manager
    B.A SS (MUK), PDG guidance and counseling (MUK), Dip Art Educ (KYU)
    Cert ASRH/R (RFSU- Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
    +256 772 593319

    INTRODUCTION

    Action for Behavioral Change Uganda is registered with Tororo District Local Government under the Department of Gender, Youth and culture office as a community based organization. It has 7 branches in the Uganda namely Kampala, Mukono, Kitgum, Gulu, Busia, Tororo, and Pallisa a district with it’s headquartering in Tororo.

    This organization was started in February 2006. It provides the following services:
     Participation of young people (youths) in disease prevention and control in general and its epidemic through health education, sensitization, community dialogue and seminars I order for youths and to participate in National development by self reliance in the struggle against HIV/AIDS, sexual oppression and exploitation, but also to effect positive change in the social economic status of the youths hence improved welfare

    CAPABILITY STATEMENT

    Action for Behavioral Change in conjunction with youth associations has implemented different activities focusing on the community HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support among the youths in the community and schools of kawempe division-Kampala, Tororo and Buisia districts. This was done with the support of other development partners like ministry of health, Plan Uganda, straight talk foundation and DSW.

    The organization has been undertaking the following youth activities:
     Adolescent reproductive health education in both schools and radio talk shows
     Youth dialogue on Voluntary Counseling and Testing
     Provision of condoms and straight talks
     Drama programme on HIV/AIDS prevention
     Nutritional education to HAART clients under Plan Uganda
     Due protection and family planning education
     Advocating for Youth friendly reproductive health rights/services

    The organization has received various supplies from Ministry of Health (HIV kits) and financial support from Plan Uganda and DSW. Accountability and reports were submitted to funders. The organization has operational bank account with Stanbic Bank and runs separate account for each project.

    OBJECTIVES

     To equip the youths with knowledge and skills to enable them live healthy life style and also reach out to their peers
     To enable them understand R.H rights and concerns of the young people and promote positive behavior change among the youths
     To develop action plans with members to facilitate youth planning activities into clubs and communities

    ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
     Establishing a club
    We are working towards opening clubs in some of the secondary schools in some institutions in Tororo mainly Busitema University and Uganda College of Commerce Tororo. The basic club shall collectively work together in writing the club constitution after identifying the serious and committed youths who will register as the members of the clubs. They will later come together to elect their executive leaders which will consist at least of a chairperson, Secretary and A Treasurer. They will be guided by club management guidelines. The elected leaders will later under go club leadership management training which will be conducted by an adequate trained personnel.
     Pear educators training
    Peer Educators sixty (30 boys 30 girls) were trained on ASHRH in their respective schools and deployed to disseminate information and refer clients to health centers near by for health service. As a result, Teens College has reached an agreement with FPAU Tororo to offer outreach services at schools every week, peer to peer approach has a multiplying effect, easy to manage and involves the youth participation in reproductive health activities thus making it a stepping point in the struggle to fight HIV/AIDS among the adolescents. This will be done in the basic clubs that have been formed where we shall have the volunteer members who are committed for the cause of the club.

     Poverty eradication programmes
    300 youths have been trained in poverty eradication skills such as hair addressing-slaon, driving, hotcutures, tailoring and computer through village based vocational centers established to increase access to income generating skills development.

     Nutritional education for PWLA
    Training 49 community youth volunteers on Nutrition for 500 people Living with HIV/AIDS and their families, supply of complimentary high protein energy rich food rations to weaning babies and, food distribution to families of enrolled clients, client education and training on a balanced diet, infant formula distribution, counseling parents on safe infant feeding, distribution of IEC materials and checking clients response to the food (BMI, Weight and Performance scale) and health education. The project also sensitized clients and trained them to use locally available foods to be able to meet their nutritional requirements.

     Scaling up HCT among vulnerable persons-
    With support from the AIDS control programme, Ministry of health Kampala. ABCU reached 5,700 youths involved in transient trader (passagers, sex workers, bar and lodge managers, bus operators and petty traders)-Kampala at Arua Bus Park with volunteer counseling and HIV testing services free of charge in 2008.

     IEC/BCC activity information
    Education and communication/Behavioral Change Communication (drama and Music competition). Messages were included in the component of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. They carried and relied through drama, a variety of media and formats eg. Posters, booklets among others drama and debate competition with the theme “Modeling a Health behavior at school”, supplemented the distribution of IEC/BCC printed materials, counseling and career guidance. The youths are encouraged to go for STD tests organized at schools and offered by out sourced service providers from health center IIs and III. A total of 60 students were served during out reach visits in the month of April.

     Capacity building of staff
    20 ABCU,youth volunteers were trained by DSW in youth to youth approach and youth reproductive health,5 volunteers trained in HIV testing by ministry of health and 2 senior staffs trained in Early infant diagnosis HIV testing in 2007-8.
     Exchange Visit

    Between clubs were organized, Teens college visited Asinge SS and conducted a variety of info-tainment activities and attracted over 500 students. The activity created a youth friendly environment where students were able to get informed, educated and communicated to fellow youths about reproductive health issues and fight against STIs. This visit has as channels of discussion concerning personal relationship and should not be regarded as being limited to sexual matters. Actually it is more of a matter of who one is in a relation to others:
    How one behaves in a group, friendship, dependence on parents, having some one to care for, interests. Many of these discussions conducted during visit can be brought up in the class room; others require a certain degree of organization. Here you find options about the game between boys and girls, different interests, the ability to talk about females etc.

    CHALLENGES

     Interference with school programme because all the schools had tight schedule for their activities. Therefore to overcome these challenge we met with their patrons and formed suitable time table for our programmes.
     Financial problem to introduce more activities and programs

    MONITORING AND EVALUATION
    In all the clubs, monitoring was done by the project officer to ensure proper project implementation. This was done through support visit to the clubs, monthly meeting with club members and reviews the club months report. During these support visits to the clubs, their records and IEC materials were checked to ensure continuous supply.

    The supporting agencies like; Plan Uganda-Tororo, RHU, Ministry of health, RTI, Straight Talk Foundation and DSW visited Tororo and participated in monitoring the progress of the clubs
    CONCLUSION

    If the project had been intensified to target youths in and out of schools, it has been seen as a strategic way of orientating them on issues concerning ASRH, IGAs such as operating a canteen at school and as a result, more members have responded positively to the implementation of clubs and have promising results

    The capacities of the youths were built were the members were trained in various skills and knowledge. The club members were equipped with IEC/BCC materials including T-shirts, Posters, condoms and text books which they distributed with the school and community.

    STRUCTURE OF BCCU
    1. Dr Zainab Akol————————Patron
    2. Otundo Kennedy———————–Programme manager
    3. Ikoba Suleiman————————-Treasurer
    4. John Onyango————————–Regional chairperson representative
    Youth Executive Council

    1. Chairperson ………………………Nyapendi Benna
    2. Vice Chairperson………………….Onyango Vincent
    3. Secretary ………………………….Awor Christine
    4. Treasurer…………………………..Opondo Patrick
    5. Mobilizer…………………………..Okoth Mark

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS
    1. Akumu Hellen
    2. Ochieng John
    3. Akon Mary
    4. Ocheing Dan

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