Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability (SDS) Programme
TASO is a beneficiary of financial support from USAID-SDS for an intervention purposed at enhancing sustainable decentralized malaria and HIV/AIDS service delivery at Local Government and Community levels in Northern Uganda. The project covers 8 districts of; Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Amolatar, Lamwo, Nwoya, Pader and Oyam. TASO’s brief in the project is to intensify advocacy for HIV and Malaria prevention services; create demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and provide the services. In this project, TASO implements a number of activities which include the following;
Public mobilization campaigns in the districts of Gulu, Nwoya, Amolatar, Pader, Oyam and Amuru with the aim of sensitizing the population to participate in prevention of infections and increase uptake of VMMC and Malaria prevention services. By the end of 2015, a total of 289 community mobilizers (VHTs and VMMC Champions) were identified and facilitated to mobilize sexually active male adults for VMMC at organized camps at Public Health Facilities and these resulted into 7,076 men circumcised and followed up after 48 hours.
In collaboration with Communication for Health Communities (CHC), and DHTs, TASO developed 8 referral reference guides for community health workers (VHTs). These guides aid the process for referral of mobilized persons for the VMMC, HIV and Malaria prevention services in the Districts.
Identification of peer educators among priority populations (Fisher Folks; Sex workers, Truckers and Discordant couples) who are trained and facilitated to mobilize, conduct dialogue and peer to peer behavior change sessions in the hot spots in the districts. By close of 2015, this intervention had reached out to 34,658 persons (19,588 female and 15,070 male) who benefitted from HIV prevention and behavior change messages. Targeted integrated prevention camps including moon light camps were organized for these priority populations to access HCT, STI, and risk reduction counseling services from which 146 individuals benefited.
In collaboration with CHC TASO has also reproduced 4,000 Malaria Nets Demonstrations and 900 pieces of Malaria talking points and distributed them to the community health workers to intensify malaria prevention messages. The project also established 48 condom distribution points in the hot spots and facilitated their routine refill. A total of 339,399 male and 11,682 female condoms were distributed through these distribution points.
TASO supports VHTs to promote, demonstrate use and distributed ITNS and ACTs during targeted integrated prevention camps and in the homes. Over 16,276 ITNS and 46,646 doses of ACTS have been distributed to over 16,276 persons (7,186 children under 5 years and 9,090