The Alliance, Policy Studies Institute and Howard University/Pace Centre, with Family Health International (FHI) as the lead partner, were successful in their bid under AIDSTAR I.
The project will benefit populations most vulnerable to HIV, such as young people, mobile populations, sex workers, returnees, and internally displaced people, by improving access to quality HIV prevention and care services in geographic hotspots.
In order to do this the project team will focus on:
- Behaviour change;
- Increasing access to quality home-based care services (CHBC);
- Counseling and testing services;
- And increasing local and governmental capacity for delivery of HIV services by supporting HIV policy development and building sustainable systems.
The Alliance will lead on building the capacity
of local community and faith-based organisations and County AIDS
Committees to respond effectively to the challenges posed by HIV and
This includes building technical skills to develop
home-based care, organisational development, guidelines and training
modules on stigma and discrimination, and to contribute to national
It will lead to an increase in the number of community-based organisations providing home-based services, and the number of adults and children receiving it. More community health workers will be trained, and the number of referrals between home-based care and other health services will increase.
Alliance South Sudan will be carrying out the work with consultants hired from the regional technical support hub, trainers trained by the Stigma Team from Zambia, and in collaboration with FHI. We will also be setting up a CHBC taskforce which will be made up of the MoH, Government of South Sudan (GoSS), NGOs, Southern Sudan AIDS Committee (SSAC) and PLHIV networks.
The project is due to start in April 2010 and will cover four out of ten states of Southern Sudan, these are Central Equatoria State (Juba, Yei, Morobo, Lainya), Western Bahr El- Ghazal State (Wau), and Western Equatoria State (Yambio, Nzara, Mundri), and Eastern Equatoria State.
It will lead to an increase in the number of community-based organisations providing home-based services