We have carried out several activities and projects

The RCRA casts a wide net throughout the region, designing and implementing programmes in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, livelihood and community health, child education, social economic strengthening, OVC treatment of infections and linkage and referral coordination


Scoreboard and Advocacy Project in Kasese, Uganda: 08/2019 –to date, funded by PAI.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the delivery of women, children and adolescent (WCAH) services in the Kasese district. In addition to this objective, the project also focuses on successfully accomplishing two sub-targets.

Firstly, the RCRA aims to increase evidence and understanding surrounding the impact of global financing facility (GFF) funds on the quality of WCAH services.

The second sub-target of this project is to strengthen the RCRA’s linkages with other Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) partners working in the Kasese district communities.

Activities include

  • Facilitating bi annual dialogues in 38 sub counties in the Kasese district on women, children and adolescent health (WCAH) services.
  • Developing a district level scorecard on the implementation of results-based financing and WCAH services on a bi-annual basis.
  • Conducting bi-annual district engagements on global financing facility (GFF) activities to disseminate the scorecard.
  • Conducting one civil society organization (CSO) meeting to review evidence generated from the scorecard and to develop an advocacy action plan.
  • Documenting case studies on GFF implementation.
  • Conducting quarterly engagement with CSOs working on WCAH related activities
  • Staff to attend quarterly meetings with the Uganda RMNCAH+N platform at a national level
  • Organizing partnership meeting with other stakeholders (CSOs, government agencies, research institutions) at a national level for networking and joint advocacy on GFF
  • Developing an annual CSO district advocacy strategy on RMNCAH+N which is linked to the national CSO engagement framework

  • Accelerating Epidemic Control Project in Fort region; Project period 04/2019 to date; Funded by Baylor College of Medicine and Children’s Foundation; Grant size: $68,980.8

    The main objective of this project is to accelerate HIV/AIDS epidemic control in the Fort Portal region.

    This project also strives to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. These goals state that by 2022:

  • 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
  • 90% of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
  • 90% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
  • Activities include

  • Identifying people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • Index client contact tracing.
  • Linking individuals to antiretroviral therapy (ART) services.
  • Supporting adherence to and retention on ART.
  • The overarching aim of this programme is to develop integrated supports to grandmothers in Uganda who are caring for children and grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.

    An additional objective of this programme is to educate 100 households of grandmothers caring for HIV positive children/grandchildren about topics such as a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and disease prevention.

    Activities include

  • Designing an integrated programme which provides supports to grandmothers caring for children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.
  • Facilitating informative discussions surrounding the topics of hygiene, HIV prevention, nutrition, children’s health, parenting skills and exercise specifically targeted at older people.
  • Executing workshops aimed at training grandmothers in agricultural input for kitchen gardens.
  • Ugandan Grandmothers Programme in Kyabarungira, Kasese, Uganda: Project period: 01/2019- to date; Funded by 57 individual global donors.

    The overarching aim of this programme is to develop integrated supports to grandmothers in Uganda who are caring for children and grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.

    An additional objective of this programme is to educate 100 households of grandmothers caring for HIV positive children/grandchildren about topics such as a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and disease prevention.

    Activities include

  • Designing an integrated programme which provides supports to grandmothers caring for children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.
  • Facilitating informative discussions surrounding the topics of hygiene, HIV prevention, nutrition, children’s health, parenting skills and exercise specifically targeted at older people.
  • Executing workshops aimed at training grandmothers in agricultural input for kitchen gardens.
  • The overarching aim of this programme is to develop integrated supports to grandmothers in Uganda who are caring for children and grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.

    An additional objective of this programme is to educate 100 households of grandmothers caring for HIV positive children/grandchildren about topics such as a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and disease prevention.

    Activities include

  • Designing an integrated programme which provides supports to grandmothers caring for children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.
  • Facilitating informative discussions surrounding the topics of hygiene, HIV prevention, nutrition, children’s health, parenting skills and exercise specifically targeted at older people.
  • Executing workshops aimed at training grandmothers in agricultural input for kitchen gardens.

  • Health of People and Environment Project (HoPE) Phase III in Maliba and Kyabarungira, Kasese, Uganda: Project period: 02/2018 to July 2019; Funded by Margareti A Cargill Foundation US

    This project is focused on achieving four specific objectives

  • To improve the uptake of essential sexual, reproductive and MNCH (maternal, neonatal and child health) services.
  • To integrate HIV and malaria services among populations living in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) project sites.
  • To increase communities’ capacities to sustainably manage natural resources in an attempt to increase food security and improve livelihoods in HoPE-LVB project sites.
  • To utilize the emerging PHE policy framework to support health system strengthening, natural resource management and the scaling up of the HoPE-LVB model for PHE integration in Kasese project sites.
  • Activities include

  • Training women and youth in record keeping, financial management, group fund development and later encouraging them to form Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups.
  • Working together with village health workers (VHTs) to help in mobilizing the communities members to attend training sessions.
  • Working in collaboration with VHTs and community health workers (CHWs) to train and construct energy saving stoves for model homes in the villages.
  • Planting trees (lemon/mango/pawpaw/passion fruit/jack fruit) in different model homes.
  • Distributing seedlings (carrot cabbages/eggplant/carrot onions) to community members.
  • Conducting both qualitative and quantitative analysis of data collected through interviews, focus groups and example of quantitative.
  • Activities include

    During a training which incorporated VSLA groups in Maliba sub-county

  • 137 energy saving smoke free cooking stoves were constructed in 137 model households from brick soils, sand, cement, wire mesh and clay. These households were also trained in energy saving construction.
  • 137 tip taps were constructed in 137 model households, leading to improved home sanitation and hygiene.
  • 411 fruit trees (lemon/mango/orange/jackfruit) were distributed to 137 model households.
  • Seedlings (carrot/cabbages/onions/eggplants) were distributed to community members.
  • 40+ demo kitchen gardens and 40 drying racks were constructed.
  • 19708 condoms were distributed to health centers in Isule, Mukathi, Maliba and Kyanya.
  • Quality Sanitary Pads and Nutrition Seedlings Programme in Maliba and Hima, Kasese, Uganda; Project period: 05/2018- 08/2018; Funded by Twin Funding Chester University;

    Objectives

  • Due to the bi-directional nature of this programme the RCRA constructed two main objectives.
  • Firstly, this programme aimed to reduce the number of girls who didn’t attend or dropped out of primary school due to menstruation in Hima, Kasese.
  • Secondly, this programme aimed to increase HIV positive individuals capacities to be self-sufficient in the area of nutrition.
  • Activities include

  • Procurement and distribution of high quality reusable sanitary pads to vulnerable primary school girls
  • Procurement of seedlings for the kitchen gardens of people living within the HIV network.
  • Results:

  • 1088 packs of high quality reusable pads were given to 544 girls attending primary school in Hima, Kasese district.
  • 244 People living with HIV/AIDS were given seedlings for the construction of kitchen gardens to improve their nutrition security.

  • Accelerating uptake of numerous Family Planning Methods in hard to reach rural communities through Mobile Day Clinics; Project time: 27/05/2019-22/07/2019; Funded by Community Health and Sustainable Environment Africa UK

    The principal objective of this project was to accelerate the uptake of various family planning methods in isolated rural communities in the Rwenzori Region.

    Activities included

  • Organizing meetings with the District Health Office to identify the locations and mobilization of the in-charges
  • Sourcing family planning (FP) supplies from the Ministry of Health and from development partners such as Uganda Protestants Medical Bureau, Marie Stopes and Reproductive Health Uganda
  • Training 9 community health workers to conduct community level mobilization outreaches
  • Carrying out meetings between local leaders, health workers, the Ministry of Health and the communities to dispel myths surrounding FP and to create awareness surrounding the different types of FP.
  • Oversee 3 mobile day-clinics in 3 sub counties of the Kasese district.
  • Referring critical patients who could not have been managed on site.
  • Results

  • A total number of 1736 people have been reached with the health services in the clinic of which 658 women received family planning services.
  • Quality Sanitary Pads and Nutrition Seedlings Programme in Maliba and Hima, Kasese, Uganda; Project period: 05/2018- 08/2018; Funded by Twin Funding Chester University;

    Objectives

  • Due to the bi-directional nature of this programme the RCRA constructed two main objectives.
  • Firstly, this programme aimed to reduce the number of girls who didn’t attend or dropped out of primary school due to menstruation in Hima, Kasese.
  • Secondly, this programme aimed to increase HIV positive individuals capacities to be self-sufficient in the area of nutrition.
  • Activities include

  • Procurement and distribution of high quality reusable sanitary pads to vulnerable primary school girls
  • Procurement of seedlings for the kitchen gardens of people living within the HIV network.
  • Results:

  • 1088 packs of high quality reusable pads were given to 544 girls attending primary school in Hima, Kasese district.
  • 244 People living with HIV/AIDS were given seedlings for the construction of kitchen gardens to improve their nutrition security.

  • Accelerating uptake of numerous Family Planning Methods in hard to reach rural communities through Mobile Day Clinics; Project time: 27/05/2019-22/07/2019; Funded by Community Health and Sustainable Environment Africa UK

    The principal objective of this project was to accelerate the uptake of various family planning methods in isolated rural communities in the Rwenzori Region.

    Activities included

  • Organizing meetings with the District Health Office to identify the locations and mobilization of the in-charges
  • Sourcing family planning (FP) supplies from the Ministry of Health and from development partners such as Uganda Protestants Medical Bureau, Marie Stopes and Reproductive Health Uganda
  • Training 9 community health workers to conduct community level mobilization outreaches
  • Carrying out meetings between local leaders, health workers, the Ministry of Health and the communities to dispel myths surrounding FP and to create awareness surrounding the different types of FP.
  • Oversee 3 mobile day-clinics in 3 sub counties of the Kasese district.
  • Referring critical patients who could not have been managed on site.
  • Results

  • A total number of 1736 people have been reached with the health services in the clinic of which 658 women received family planning services.
  • Community Facility Linkages and Referral Intervention in Kasese, Uganda; Project period 04/2017-03/2018; Funded by US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

    The objectives of this intervention were to strengthen the linkage and referral process for individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS and to ensure equitable access and service delivery to those orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) households.

    Activities included

  • Working alongside linkages and referral assistants to identify previously undetected HIV-positive individuals through contact tracing and highly targeted community based testing.
  • Linking those who do test positive to care services such as ART.
  • Carrying out home visits or phone calls to those individuals who missed their appointments.
  • Results

  • 669 HIV positive/TB clients who missed medical appointments were identified and each case was followed up with a phone call or home visit.
  • 2717 referrals from the community to the health facility were made. Of these, 2412 clients received a service, making effective referral completion 89%.
  • 35 individuals who were newly identified as being HIV positive were successfully linked and enrolled in care.
  • 293 pregnant mothers were mapped, referred and linked to appropriate services such as antenatal care (ANC) or elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT).
  • 44 Community Client Led ART distribution groups were formed from the 218 HIV positive clients identified as eligible.