Addressing Barriers to the Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Other HIV and AIDS-Related Services
The project is aimed at addressing stigma, discrimination, gender and other social barriers to the access of SRH and HIV and AIDS related services by focusing activities on stigma and discrimination and generation of strategic information. To generate strategic information on SRH and HIV and AIDS related services, a pilot project is being conducted with an intention of documenting lessons learnt on Addressing Social Issues Surrounding Implementation of the Prevention of Maternal to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV Programme in Kweneng West District, Botswana. On the other hand, the second project component focuses on efforts to address stigma and discrimination particularly among vulnerable groups such as PLHWA and key populations. A national survey on stigma and discrimination is being conducted to provide a baseline on issues of stigma and discrimination, particularly among most vulnerable populations such as PLWHA and key populations.
The pilot project has stimulated community dialogue and engagement on pertinent PMTCT Programme issues among all community members including traditional leaders, various community sectors (extension workers, traditional and faith based healers etc), men, women, boys and girls, out of school and school going children, participants of the programme, among others. The implementation process prompts the various groups to reflect on the role that each can play to enhance or impede successful implementation and collectively devise remedial resolutions.
The project is at implementation stage and the expected outcome is to document lessons learnt from a community mobilization process entailing; facilitated exploration of challenges; planning; implementation and, monitoring and evaluation by community members in twenty one (21) villages within the Kweneng West District. The National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) and Ministry of Health (MoH) are offering implementation oversight to the facilitation services of a local Community Based Organization (CBO) - Tsholofelo Trust, while UNDP provides financial and technical support.
Project Funding and Implementation
The project is funded by the Unified Budget Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) and UNDP