PACE is keen on reducing the number of new infections of HIV in Uganda. In 2014/15, there were 84000 new infections of HIV, down from 91000 new infections from the previous year. While we are moving in the right direction, there is a lot more that Uganda needs to do to significantly reduce the number of new HIV infections as years go by.
The Community Driven Response (CDR) Project
PACE’s Community Driven Response (CDR) project aimed at reducing the rate of HIV infections among Ugandans by promoting HIV prevention approaches. CDR employed MoH’s National HIV Prevention Strategy that combines service provision alongside addressing the socio-cultural behavioral issues facilitating the spread of HIV.
CDR had specific focus on vulnerable groups of people: female sex workers and their clients, uniform service personnel, pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS, prison inmates, long distance truck drivers, among others. This project funded by the Civil Society Fund (CSF) began in 2011 and concluded in 2015.
CDR has had notable success in the 17 districts in which it has been implemented, including Iganga, Jinja, Masaka, Lwengo, Oyam, Alebtong, Busia and Kabarole.
Partners in implementation: The program worked with 27 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and 6 sub-grantee CSOs to manage and implement HIV programs in the 17 districts. This support focused on both technical (financial management and M&E) and organizational management; monitoring expenditure for stipulated activities under the memoranda of understanding (MoU); supporting overall implementation and reporting.
The CBOs and CSOs facilitated the training of VHTs to carry out community mobilization, education of people about prevention of HIV/AIDS, testing, treatment and link them with various health facilities that offer these services, and were followed up through the existing referral system. Condom distribution in hot spots and demand generation for condoms was also done through VHTs.
The Positive Living Project
PACE, in partnership with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda and the Ministry of Health (MoH) implemented the Positive Living Project (PLP) from 2010 to 2016. The project was funded by US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through CDC
Project goal: Improving the health status of people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda through provision of the Basic Care Package (BCP) and promoting a Positive Living Lifestyle (PLL).The project used simple tools to empower PLHIV to avert opportunistic infections, delay progression of HIV and prevent transmission.
Coverage: The project was implemented in 440 facilities public facilities in 105 districts working with the districts, PLHIVs, and the MOH-VHT members. PACE delivered the BCP kits and refills for the kits to the public facilities which thereafter distributed the kits to PLHIV at the health facilities, and at their homes through peer educators and VHTs.