Advocacy for policy change on issues that impact on the lives of people living with HIV 
 

Participation and presentation of HIV/AIDS issues during district planning meetings, in monitoring and evaluation and giving feedback, lobbying during various foras and community interventions concerning PLHIVs.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) including Maternal Health 
 

Strategies in this thematic area are aimed at addressing STI and Reproductive health Rights concerns such as safer sex, correct and consistent condom use, right to medication without discrimination and stigmatization, Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission and Gender based violence in HIV/AIDS families. This is done through workshops, community meetings and community dialogues/moonlight HCT. 

Access to care, Treatment and Support services including Prevention (ACTS)

a) Prevention activities include; awareness creation by promotion of ABC strategy, participation in public functions like World AIDS Day, Barazas, Women’s day, National TB Day-by giving testimonies, HCT( MOONLIGHT HCTs targeting Commercial sex workers, MSM and truck drivers who are always available in the night hours) and encouraging behavioural change among key populations. 
 

b) Supportive care is given through Moonlight outreaches, Home visits of the affected and infected members. 
 

c) Treatment is given through referrals to AIDS service organizations, however we offer peer support in drug adherence and positive living. 

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WHAT WE DO

TOFPHANET aligns it's work according to thematic areas

Challenges that women and especially children/PLHIV in my community face include:

  • Lack of finances to run programmes and projects.

  • Increased raise in TB and HIV infections among women/PLHIV.

  • Clients / patients do not receive adequate treatment, care and counselling/support services due to congestion in the health facility, at times due to stock out of drugs.

  • Inadequate awareness creation resulting to low uptake of health care services among members of the society. 

  • Poor adherence among some clients receiving treatment, care and support services.

  • Challenges in communication because we can’t reach the marginalized clients all over the catchment area. (Here we think we can cover 5 sub counties (Osukuru ,Malaba town council border, Tororo town centre, Eastern division and Western division where there is increased number of commercial sex workers due to new factories built around recently, long distance truck drivers who roam the area for days as they wait idly for the goods to be loaded/off loaded onto their trucks for transit.

  • Gaps in enabling policies. 

  • Being marginalized stigmatized and discriminated against because they are widows.
     

Children face challenges such as;
 

  • Child headed homes as a result of AIDS orphans

  • Poor nutrition leading to poor adherence to ARV drugs (Presently, there is extreme famine in the country but more specifically in the PLHIV homes where in some communities people have resorted t eating bitter leaves of trees for food.

  • Orphans are left alone to live in very poor conditions and lack proper parental guidance.

  • Rampant early marriages. (This is very serious and indeed common in our country and communities these days. Local FM radio stations read horrible news where majority young girls including babies of 2 to 5 years old are defiled)

THE CHALLENGES WE FACE

TOFPHANET has spearheaded prevention activities:

Especially through moonlight HCT and promoted adherence, positive living, self-awareness and self-esteem. This has generally reduced stigma and discrimination in the community, a big percentage of the community are aware of their HIV status, there is more awareness about prevention, care and treatment as reflected by community participation and level of support to PLHIV. 

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) including Maternal Health. 

Strategies in this thematic area are aimed at addressing STI and Reproductive health Rights concerns such as safer sex, correct and consistent condom use, right to medication without discrimination and stigmatization, Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission and Gender based violence in HIV/AIDS families. This is done through workshops, community meetings and community dialogues. Grooming support groups through age and gender based grouping. 

Advocacy for policy change on issues that impact on the lives of people living with HIV

- Participation and presentation of HIV/AIDS issues during district planning meetings, in monitoring and evaluation and giving feedback, lobbying during various foras, community interventions concerning PLHIVs. 

- Community systems strengthening: TOFPHANET has trained PLHIV groups of advocates, peer counsellors and expert clients/ senior clients. These are critical resources at the community, district and local levels that look into critical gaps in health delivery, policy, programming and funding & support in addressing these gaps. 

-Increasing access to quality SRHR and HIV services by PLHIV. Through health literacy campaigns, maternal health petitions, direct support to PLHIV through income generation projects, the lives of PLHIV have greatly improved.

KEY ACHEIVEMENTS

© 2018 by Gary Byatt

​​Call us:

+256 702 581535

​Find us: 

C/O Sacred Heart Parish​

PO Box 164

Tororo

Uganda

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