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Hear International (HI) in partnership with Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) with financial support from Center for Disease Control (CDC) is delivering life supporting Anti-retroviral drugs to People Living with HIV/AIDS during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 Pandemic in Arua and Madi-Okollo districts. The delivery of the anti-retroviral drugs commenced on 1st April, 2020 to-date.

Hear International (HI) is disseminating its Child Safeguarding Policy to the beneficiary communities and other key stakeholders like schools, churches, Lower Local Governments among others. HI recognizes that abuse of power has led, and continues to lead, to many forms of exploitation and abuse. The nature of our work creates a power differential between those employed by or working with HI and programme participants. We acknowledge that the potential exists for those who work with programme participants to abuse their position of power.



EVENTS

Hear International (HI) is holding its 16th Annual General Meeting on 29th October, 2020. It is expected to be attended by all subscribing members of the organization. Key issues to propel the growth and development of the organization and the beneficiary communities will be discussed during the meeting.

 

Project title: “Accelerating Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Service Delivery through Health System Capacity Building and Technical Assistance to District Health Teams and Health Facilities in Western and West-Nile Regions in the Republic of Uganda under the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)”.

Hear International (HI) is working in partnership with Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) in 8 Health Facilities: Opia, Vurra, Kuluva, Bondo, St.Jude, St.Luke, Okollo and Anyirivu in 5 Sub Counties of Vurra, Arivu, Uleppi, Okollo and Anyiribu in Arua District, Uganda. The project being implemented is entitled “Accelerating Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Service Delivery through Health System Capacity Building and Technical Assistance to District Health Teams and Health Facilities in Western and West-Nile Regions in the Republic of Uganda under the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)”.

Both facility and community-based structures have been instrumental in Uganda’s response and led to a decline in AIDS related mortality. However, inadequate engagement between the formal health system and the interventions delivered by CSOs at the community level has held back effective responses to priority health challenges across the health sector. HIV and TB services remain underutilized and loss-to-follow-up unacceptably high number of sub-population groups due, in part, to weak and ineffective two-way linkages between health facilities and communities. For example, only 22% of HIV exposed infants have completed the EID cascade; only 20% of sex partners of HIV positive people access HTC services; and retention of clients on treatment is sub-optimal at 89% compared with the national target of 95%. Formal recognition by professional health workers of patient referrals by lay counselors, and the absence of an endorsed standard package of community-based interventions hinder broad implementation of innovative and game-changing approaches to addressing these challenges and supporting PLHIV in managing HIV as a chronic condition.

The core package of community based services focuses on evidence-based interventions that complement and/or extend facility based services. They are organized around the 90-90-90 and combination prevention frameworks, and are informed by the need for 1) identifying more HIV-positive individuals through improved contact tracing and highly targeted community based testing, 2) the differentiated service delivery approach recommended in the WHO consolidated Guidelines on the use of ARVs for Prevention and Treatment of HIV (2015), 3) the importance of addressing social and community factors affecting adherence and retention, 4) the benefits of case management, and 5) leveraging the OVC platform. The package also draws on opportunities in leveraging the OVC platform. Strengthened two-way linkages between facility and community structures are paramount for improving access to and ensuring the quality of care, treatment and prevention services. The core package of community-based services is designed for PLHIV, OVCs and individuals at high risk of becoming HIV-infected.

However, Monitoring of referrals, linkages and service delivery between facilities and communities is very critical. All programs are required to be monitored and track progress towards achieving the five major components of the core package of community-based services. Data will be used to build a knowledge base on effective two-way referrals, linkages and quality service delivery between facilities and communities, including implementation of differentiated service delivery

Year of Implementation: 2017- to date
Project funded by: Infectious Disease Institute (IDI)

 


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