Global Fund HIV Project (2018-2020)
PACE as a sub-recipient of TASO, is implementing the Global Fund HIV project in 16 districts of Northern and Eastern Uganda ((Kole, Dokolo, Kitgum, Kaberamaido, Mbale, Bukwo, Tororo, Soroti and Serere. The current Global HIV grant to support implementation of HIV-TB activities is in line with the National HIV Strategic Plan 2015/16-2019/20. The project is aimed at enrolling the most vulnerable AGYWs into prevention campaigns addressing teenage pregnancies & early marriage and other risky sexual behavior, as well as into vocational training institutions/ second chance, providing HTS, linkage and support for retention in care for positive AGYWs, psychosocial support to teenage mothers, Gender based violence care and economic development activities. Innovation activities like netball and drama group sessions are being used to mobilise girls for HIV prevention activities.
The objectives of the grant include the following;
To reduce the number of new youth and adult infections by 70% and number of new pediatric HIV infections by 95% by 2020;
To decrease HIV associated morbidity and mortality by70% through achieving and maintaining 90% viral suppression by 2020;
To reduce vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and mitigation of its impact on PLHIV and other vulnerable groups; and
To reduce the HIV incidence by 5% by 2019/20: from 234/100,000 in 2015/16 to 222.3/100,000 by 2019/20.
The PACE Global Fund HIV team is implementing the following activities;
- Implement “Protect the Goal Campaign” through organization of an netball tournament for out of school girls with links to SRH/HIV service delivery
- Organize SRH/HIV knowledge MMD, essay and debate contests for boys (and girls) as part of the social events
- Promote and strengthen community-based sports for out of school adolescents and young people with linkages to outreach services including SRH/ HIV/TB/ Malaria
- Roll out thematic campaign episodes
- Provide vocational/entrepreneurship scholarships for AGYW from 17 high burden districts targeting not less than 327 girls/district
- Support monthly outreaches/ boat to boat/home to home integrated HTS to fisher-folks
- Organise Adolescent Innovation Camps Idea generation and updates.
- Conduct support supervision by the district teams
- Pilot for AGYW for demonstration grants (Enterprise development Assistance – i.e. EDA)
- Conduct buy-in/Advocacy meetings, Community Awareness Session and Monthly debriefing with Community
- Raising awareness among parents, religious, cultural leaders and other community gate keepers about the long-term benefits of AGYW interventions.
- Support monthly fisher folk community dialogue meetings for service uptake across the clinical continuum of services
- Undertake bi-monthly community-led radio talk show programs in the 5 lake regions for