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THETA Community Health Systems Strengthening (CHSS)

THETA Community Health Systems Strengthening (CHSS) department was established in 2014 during the re-defining of THETA’s strategic Direction for the period 2014- 2018

History

THETA Community Health Systems Strengthening (CHSS) department was established in 2014 during the re-defining of THETA’s strategic Direction for the period 2014- 2018.

CHSS’s Vision

To be Community Based Model serving as a hub for Community Health Initiatives positively influencing Community System and Structures.

CHSS Mandate

To strengthen community structures and systems to respond effectively community priority health needs

PROGRAMS AREAS:

  • ⦁ Develop model community based initiatives for MNCH, HIV and AIDS, and Non – communicable diseases (NCDs)
  • ⦁ Strengthen CSOs capacity in the areas of governance, organizational systems and advocacy for better health of their constituencies.
  • ⦁ Strengthen peripheral health systems and structures for effective service delivery

MATERNAL HEALTH PROJECT (MHP)

THETA Uganda implemented the Maternal Health Project under a coalition called the Voices for Health Rights. Voices for Health Rights (VHR), a coalition of civil society organizations advocating for the Right to Health in Uganda implemented a SIDA funded project titled Improving Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health through the Rights Based Approach among Rural Communities in Uganda, (MHP) since 2010. The Project Goal was to contribute to reduction of maternal and new born mortality in Uganda and its main purpose was improving demand and utilisation of maternal, sexual, reproductive and new born health services at community level through the rights-based approach. The primary target group for the project were Female and male community members in the reproductive age group (15 and 49) in 8 districts in Uganda that included; Oyam, Hoima, Mubende, Sheema, Mayuge, Soroti , Mityana. The project employed a multi-prong strategy to cater for the diversity of the expected results and the geographical area. Among the activities that were carried out included; the project implemented different activities during the reporting period. They included: Community sensitization meetings and Drama and Music on comprehensive MSRHR including EMTCT, post abortion care and adolescent health education in schools, Community dialogues on comprehensive MSRHR between community members and duty bearers, Radio talk shows and spot messages on comprehensive MSRHR and Capacity building of district health workers on comprehensive MSRHR. The project was able to conduct 671 sensitization meetings and 15, 175 people attended also 2989 individuals were reached while raising awareness of masses on MSRHR in the project areas.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

THETA and Mildmay Uganda (MUg) jointly implemented a project strengthening the capacity of service providers to prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence (STOP GBV) in the four districts of Masaka, Bukwe Kumi and Ngora. The purpose of the project was to strengthen the capacity of service providers to effectively prevent and respond to gender based violence in their respective communities. Among the activities carried out was a Baseline assessment of Gender based services. The assessment carried out was intended to obtain reliable and baseline relevant data on the prevalence and forms of gender based violence in four districts of Uganda and how different stakeholders work together in handling and management of gender based violence. Information obtained from the study was used to inform programmatic interventions on GBV in the areas, bench mark project performance assessment and also map available circle of GBV service providers in project areas. The project also led to the formation of circles of GBV service providers and 70 health workers were trained on management of Gender Based Violence ,100 VHTs trained in community mobilization, detection and referrals for gender based violence, 30 multi-sectoral district and civil society leaders trained in human rights approaches and programming for gender based violence. Twelve (12) circles of providers were established in Ngora and Kumi for improved networking of providers, referrals of survivors and GBV advocacy. There was also integration and streamlining of GBV work into the existing services provided by the community development office, family protection unit of the Uganda Police, health facilities, CSOs and Village Health teams at the community.