AMICAALL Uganda Chapter Since its inception in November 2000 has been implementing a number of programmes aimed at strengthening HIV and AIDS response in the local governments in Uganda with main focus on the urban local governments as defined by its mandate: “To strengthen the institutional capacity of urban local governments to ensure quality, equity and timely HIV and AIDS service delivery at the urban local level.” With ten years of existence and over 180 designated Municipalities and Town councils in Uganda, AMICAALL’s membership had continued to increase rapidly.
AMICAALL Uganda Programme developed its 1st Three Year Strategic Program 2003 -2006 which was revised in 2007. This program was aligned to the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP 2000-2004) and the National Strategic Plan HIV (2003/04-2006/07) respectively.
In line with its mandate and that of the 3rd objective of the 1st National Strategic Framework (2003/04-2006/07) of building the national capacity for HIV and AIDS response. AMICAALL has since mobilized and built the capacity of urban local governments to respond to HIV and AIDS at the local level.
To consolidate effective management and administration and to provide proper oversight of AMICAALL Uganda Chapter, an Annual General Assembly was held at Hills Hotel – Kabale in 2006 to elect a new Alliance Executive Council (Board) to replace the then interim administration(2000-2005) that was later in 2012 replaced with the current Alliance Executive Council (AEC/Board) that work alongside the AMICAALL National Technical and Advisory Committee (ANTAC) that provides technical guidance to the Executive council.
In 2006, AMICAALL Uganda Programme launched its 5-year Strategic Plan (2006-2010) to guide its development and programmes. Following the review of the National HIV Strategic Plan (NSP 2007/08-2011/12), AMICAALL in 2009, consequently, revised its strategic plan (2006-2010) to align it to revised NSP (2009/10-2011/12) in order to be consistent with the national priorities of the NSP but also to take care of the new changes in the National operating environment. For example, some of the planned interventions n the AMICAALL 5 year SP targeting persons in conflict areas such as night commuters and Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs) had been overtaken by events. In this regard, even the focus of its primary beneficiaries was expanded to include the Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) in the urban councils, which was a priority in the NSP.
There is Sustained leadership and commitment for HIV and AIDS response in urban areas by local leaders. AMICAALL strategic plan focused on HIV and AIDS mainstreaming as a key strategy to scale up interventions and ensure a sustainable response in urban local governments. This was not only in conformity with the Local Government Act 1997, which mandates local governments to mainstream HIV and AIDS in their plans and budgets and operationalize the National Mainstreaming Policy, but also stimulated their participation and enhancing their skills in various aspects of HIV and AIDS.
There is improved coordination and networking of the multisectrol response in most urban areas. HIV and coordination structures were set up or revitalized and facilitated to perform their roles. Further more, urban councils have designated some of their staff as Local Coordinator (focal persons) to coordinate AMICAALL activities in the urban councils. These Local Coordinators, Town Clerks and Mayors have been supported to ensure active engagement of the local leadership and effective coordination of the response.
There has been increased partnership and funding for AMICAALL resulting into expansion of AMICAALL Uganda Programme, hence strengthened organizational, technical and logistical capacity to reach out to more urban authorities with AMICAALL services. This has resulted into improved efficiency and effectiveness as well as enhanced visibility of AMICAALL Programmes in the national response.