Project Title: Strengthening the Capacity of Local Governments and Civil Society Organizations for HIV prevention in Karamoja (SCALAP-K)

This project is supported by Irish Aid.
Project Location: Karamoja Region

Project Goal:  A strengthened institutional capacity of Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Abim, Napak and Nakapiripirit local governments, resulting into quality, equitable and timely HIV service delivery in the districts.
Project coverage : The project is implemented in seven districts of Karamoja region and 28 sub counties, and 7 urban local governments
Project Objectives
  1. To build the technical and institutional capacity of local governments in the Karamoja sub-region to plan, manage, monitor and provide oversight to HIV response in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
  2. To strengthen the coordination of multi-sectoral response to HIV by local governments in Karamoja sub-region.
  3. To enhance advocacy, sustainable leadership and commitment for HIV response in the 5 selected local governments.
  4. To create a sustainable enabling environment that mitigates the underlying socio-cultural, gender based and other structural drivers of the epidemic.
  5. To develop and implement a functional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System at AMICAALL and the implementing districts for improved HIV information management.

Objective 1: To build the technical and institutional capacity of local governments in the Karamoja sub-region to plan, manage, monitor and provide oversight to HIV response in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Activities implemented

  • Facilitate a regional HIV&AIDS review meeting.
  • Provide technical assistance for mentoring and coaching AIDS committees in their roles and responsibilities
  • Facilitate 7 Districts and 7 Urban Council HIV/AIDS Focal offices to coordinate project implementation.
  • Facilitate project staff to undertake short courses in key project management and implementation areas

OBJECTIVE 2: To strengthen the coordination of multi sectoral responses to HIV/AIDS in the 5 local governments in the Karamoja region by May 2016

Activities implemented

  • Support 7 district partnership and advocacy fora;
  • Revitalization of the District, Town Council and Sub-County AIDS committee
  • Conduct one regional visit to promote networking, experience sharing, peer learning and replication of best practices.
  • Facilitate quarterly district and sub-county HIV coordination meetings for District and sub-county AIDS Committees to review project progress.
  • Supporting DACs aligning their strategic plans to the new NSP for HIV&AIDS
  • Conduct HCT outreaches with support from SACs and sub county leadership.
  • Facilitate operations of the regional Project Coordination Office

OBJECTIVE 3: To enhance advocacy, sustainable leadership and commitment for HIV response in the 75selected Local Governments by May 2016.

Activities implemented

  • Facilitate quarterly dialogues with local government leaders, religious leaders, cultural leaders, kraal leaders, youth and women on socio-cultural issues and other factors that are key drivers of HIV&AIDS in Karamoja region.
  • Support reproduction and dissemination of I.E.Cs materials and rebranding of billboards
  • Support to drama groups
  • Conduct quarterly radio and bi- annual TV advocacy programs promoting HIV&AIDS response in Karamoja region.
  • Facilitate districts to organize and conduct HIV&AIDS advocacy days including, World AIDS Day, Candlelight Memorial, Philly Lutaaya Day and other AIDS related events.
  • Document HIV&AIDS activities through quarterly Newsletter and Bi-annual articles

Objective 4: To create sustainable enabling environment that mitigates the underlying social cultural, gender based and other structural drivers of the epidemic.

Activities implemented

  • Coordination of PHA networks to address stigma

Objective 5: To develop and implement a functional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system at AMICAALL and the implementing districts for improved HIV information management by May 2016

Activities implemented

  • Facilitate field office staff and HIV&AIDS Focal Persons to conduct routine monitoring and support supervision
  • Conduct and facilitate quarterly National level field Monitoring and Support Supervision by AMICAALL, ULGA and other National level stakeholders
  • Facilitate quarterly monitoring visits by DACs to SACs
  • Quarterly project review by ULGA, TASO and AMICAALL management team
  • Support SACs to carry out monitoring, support supervision and community mobilisation targeting hot spots
  • Equip the monitoring & Evaluation Unit to enhance its operations
  • Baseline assessment of Social, Cultural and Economic factors affecting HIV/AIDS prevention in Karamoja region