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Name: International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa
Street 1: Tagore Cresent Kamwokya
Street 2:
City: Kampala
Province:
Post Code: +256 414
Country: Uganda
Phone: +256 -414 531913
Email: lmworeko@icwea.org
Web Site: http://. www.icwea.org

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Lillian
Last Name: Mworeko Kyomuhangi
Title: Regional Coordinator
Email: lmworeko@icwea.org
Phone: +256- 414 531913

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Dorothy
Last Name: Namutamba
Title: Program Offficer ICWEA
Email: dnamutamba@icwea.org
Phone: +256- 414 531913, + 256 772521186

General Information

Board Constituency: Communities
Organization Type - Primary: Patient Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: None
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
International community of Women livivng with HIV East Africa is a regional advocacy network and membership based organization It is run by and for women living with HIV . ICW Eastern Africa exists to give visibility to women living with HIV in Eastern Africa and believes that gender inequalities and the lack of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women are at the heart of the HIV epidemic.
We are interested in Tuberclosis because TB is not only the leading cause of morbidity and death to people living with HIV but it kills more women every year than any other infection and it is particularly lethal for women living with HIV. , these women face the lethal combination of living with HIV and having poor access to health services, making them particularly vulnerable to poorer outcomes linked to undetected or late detected TB disease. While both the TB and HIV epidemics are considered to have a woman’s face, the women remain invisible when it comes to policy making processes, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services to effectively make a great contribution to the alleviating the burden of TB and HIV this is due to lack of adequate information on TB so as
We build the capacity of women living with HIV in the basic understanding of the TB basic science, the policy and its components so that they are able to engage in the policy implementation and hold the relevant policy makers accountable to ensuring quality and appropriate TB,TB/HIV services are available We also aim at focusing on integrating TB in other areas such as reproductive health and maternal and child health services for women living with HIV.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 26 - 50
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? $500,001-$1 MIL
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Information on developments within the TB world
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: Uganda
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
ICWEA is one of the 27 members of the Uganda Stop TB Partners and we directly falls under the NTLP strategic objective no 3 that focuses on Empowering communities, community support groups and social networks to prevent TB transmission and support case finding and treatment of TB patients, ACSM forms an integral component of 5 strategic objectives of the NTLP strategic Plan.
ICWEA has supported the NTLP through the community social mobilization and increasing community awareness on TB. TB/HIV advocates through the intensive TB, TB HIV Basic science training and advocacy now have a better understanding of TB and are engaged in giving TB health talks in the communities and sensitisation at different fora that include the health facilities, Community Based Organisations, agricultural sector; carrying out Home visiting to homes of persons suspected to have TB, patients who have defaulted on TB treatment and those on treatment for adherence support while referring others for further investigations and management. ICWEA working with the trained TB/HIV advocates and activist in Uganda, monitors the political commitments to TB at country and district levels basing on the existing WHO and National TB, TB/HIV policy structures and guidelines and how these have translated into service delivery. The monitoring exercise has the unveiled pertinent challenges and gaps in TB, TB/HIV service delivery and accessibility. We have held policy dialogue meetings with TB affected communities, policy makers and the service providers and media in Uganda, and in order to build bridges and address the pertinent issues. We are part of the CSO Advocacy TB/HIV coalition in Uganda which advocates on TB pertinent issues at country and global levels.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Uganda
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Uganda

Specializations

Advocacy

Specializations in Countries

Advocacy Uganda

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Uganda has formed the National Stop TB partnership (USTP) currently composed of 27 members, and ICWEA is a member of this USTP and also we are part of the ACSM sub group of the USTP. ACSM forms an integral part of all the different thematic areas of the Global Plan. In relation to DOT expansion, ICWEA contribute to early TB case detection by increasing community awareness and understanding of TB especially the TB signs and symptoms, where to access the TB diagnosis and treatment so that this increases community uptake of the TB treatment and care services available.
In Uganda, in 2011- 2012 with support from STP challenge facility we are working with our members ( HIV positive women) whom we have trained in TB basic information that includes Transmission, treatment & diagnosis, infection control etc and these are engaged in giving TB health talks in the communities through sensitization at different fora that include the health facilities, and in the communities, identifying other persons with symptoms of TB and referring them to nearest health facilities for further investigations and treatment. The 24 advocates who have been trained are also engaged in home visiting activities to homes of those patients who have been diagnosed with TB, to support them with TB treatment adherence but have also been able to trace any other persons within the families with any TB related signs especially the children and have referred them to the health facilities for further investigations.

TB-HIV:
ICWEA foster community participation in TB care, prevention and health promotion through the TB community mobilisation and Advocacy and education programs. We are also committed to monitoring the political commitments to TB at regional country and district levels basing on the existing WHO and National TB, TB/HIV policy structures and guidelines and how these have translated into service delivery.
While implementing the 4 year TB/HIV project (2007- 2010) working in partnership with Treatment Action Group ICWEA trained & built capacity of 63 people living with HIV from Sub Saharan Africa as TB/HIV Core Group of Advocates.
This included a total of 40 networks and organizations of young people, women and people living with HIV&AIDS, who have been involved both at the International, national and community levels. The Individual activists identified are working to address critical issues of focus at their national levels and have been successful in carrying out TB, HIV advocacy. Some of these have also been selected to be community representatives at the Global, regional and national decision making bodies like Global Fund , Stop TB partnership, UNITAID, and Country Coordinating mechanisms.
In Uganda, Kenya, and Zambia, ICWEA working together with the trained advocates carried out the Monitoring of the availability and accessibility of TB and HIV services in relation to the existing Global and National policies and country commitments to address TB. The monitoring exercise has the unveiled pertinent challenges and gaps in TB, TB/HIV service delivery and accessibility. We developed CSO UNGASS shadow reports in 2010 for Uganda, Kenya and Zambia and key issues where highlighted in the National UNGASS Reports. In 2011-2012 in Uganda ICWEA has held policy dialogue meetings with TB affected communities, policy makers and the service providers and media in Uganda, and in order to build bridges and address the pertinent issues.


Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: June 14, 2011
Last updated: February 20, 2013