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9th Annual JAAR Statement

CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT AT THE 9TH ANNUAL JAAR

This JAAR is particularly exciting because of its Theme: Ending AIDS by 2030. We thank the AIDS commission for bridging the debate, from an international platform and bringing it back Home. We are inspired that UGANDA, and our selves believe that we can indeed end AIDS by 2030. Preview this document or download here

Annual Report 2013-14

This report highlights achievements that UNASO realized between July 1st 2013 and June 30th 2014 against activities and targets that were planned. It also highlights lessons, experiences and challenges that were encountered over the year.  Over this period, UNASO remained focused on her current strategic plan objectives namely; (i) Institutional capacity of UNASO to deliver its mandate improved (ii) Coordination, networking & partnership among ASOs and other actors strengthened (iii) HIV&AIDS policies, legislation and programmes influenced and (iv) Strategic information management for HIV&AIDS response among ASOs improved

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Community Score Card

A participatory process that empowers communities or service beneficiaries to influence quality, efficiency and accountability (effectiveness) with which services are provided at the local level- A hybrid of Citizen Report Card & Social audit…This is a PowerPoint presentation which is best viewed in PowerPoint Read more or download here

Midterm Review Report

The mid-term review (MTR) report presents the findings based on the progress made by Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organisations (UNASO) in implementing its five year strategic plan 2012 – 2017. The evaluation team adopted an extensive consultation process of UNASO district networks and its stakeholders both in the public and private sector domains. This was done in order to take into account the changes in the socio-political, economic, technological and legal environs, and how they influence the dynamics of the national level and decentralized HIV and AIDS response. The approach further sought to generate buy-in by the different stakeholders for purposes of joint ownership of the strategic plan review findings. The structure of this report is as follows; Section One provides the Introduction and Background; Section Two details out the Technical Approach and Methodology for Strategic Plan midterm Review process; while Section Three outlines the review findings. Section Four provides conclusions, lessons learnt and recommendations. The last part of the report includes relevant annexes.Read more

EANNASO (2016) Engaging with Global Fund Regional Grants in Africa

While several studies have described civil society
participation and community engagement in nationallevel
Global Fund processes in Africa1,2,3 few have sought
to understand the extent to which these groups are able
to engage at the regional level. Although the Global Fund
serves countries as its primary mode of investment,
$200 million was invested in regional grants during the
2014-2016 cycle. It is equally important for civil society
organizations and community groups to be meaningfully
engaged in dialogue, concept note development and
watchdogging of these regional grants. Emerging evidence
suggests there are significant gaps in how civil society and
community groups are able to engage with Global Fund
regional grants.4,5
In a recent needs assessment survey conducted by
the Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service
Organizations (EANNASO), the largest proportion of
respondents (24%) indicated that the Global Fund
regional concept notes were their biggest knowledge
gap.6 The survey also revealed barriers to participation in
regional concept note development, with 70% of survey
respondents reporting that they participated in a country
dialogue process compared to less than half (48%) who
reported participating in a regional dialogue. Participation
barriers at the regional level were reported to be greater for
key populations groups.
Based on this identified need, EANNASO undertook a
research project to understand how civil society and
community groups are engaging with Global Fund
processes at the regional level. The research also aims to
create greater transparency around where regional grants
are being implemented and how community engagement
with these grants can be improved through action planning
and access to technical assistance.
From April-May 2016, a total of 43 key informants were
interviewed for this research project. Most interviews
were conducted in person by the research teams in
Botswana, Nigeria, Mozambique and Uganda. These
countries were selected based on the presence of a
high number of regional grants (see Annex 2 and 3).
Some interviews were conducted telephonically or
through email for key informants in remote or rural areas.Interviews were prioritized with members of country
coordinating mechanisms (CCMs), regional coordinating
mechanisms (RCMs), Global Fund implementers, civil
society organizations and key populations networks. The
interviews were semi-structured, guided by the use of a
questionnaire (see Annex 1).
Seven themes of discussion emerged from the key
informant interviews: (1) Knowledge, (2) Communication,
(3) Engagement, (4) Coordination, (5) Sustainability, (6)
Accountability, and (7) Value. In general, civil society
and community groups expressed having inadequate
information about regional grants and facing huge barriers
to being able to hold the implementers of these grants
accountable for their performance.
Based on the results from the interviews, this report.Read full Report here

EMTCT Synthesis Report.

We are living in a decade of renewed global commitments to ending the vertical transmission of HIV.
The world is now more than ever united in the drive to “welcome an HIV free generation”. Evidence
demonstrates that with concerted efforts and strategic investment, there is the opportunity to see a
global reduction of 50% in HIV incidence in women of reproductive age, in line with global targets. A
reduction to ‘zero’ in the unmet need for family planning among HIV‐positive women, a reduction to
less than 5% in the risk of mother‐to‐child transmission of HIV, and access to antiretroviral therapy
(ART) for 90% of eligible HIV‐positive women, are also deemed achievable. However, the virtual
Elimination of Mother‐to‐Child Transmission (EMTCT) faces substantial challenges in low and middle
income countries (LMICs) like Uganda. Key stakeholders including ‐ the Ministry of Health (MoH),
the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC), the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Finance,
other key ministries, parliamentarians, AIDS development partners, civil society and faith based
organisations, the private sector and communities of people living with HIV (PLWHIV) ‐ need to come
together to achieve these ambitious targets Read full Report here