The Civil Society Fund (CSF) was established in 2007 to address the burdens posed by HIV/AIDS and orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in Uganda. This unique funding mechanism has enabled civil society organizations (CSOs) to respond to these challenges in a harmonized way. Currently the Fund is contributed to by the United States Agency for International Development, United Kingdom Department for International Development, Irish Aid, Danish International Development Agency, and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. This report highlights CSF accomplishments during the 6th Fiscal Year (July 2012-June 2013) during which CSF sub-grantees consisted of 23 HIV3 sub-grantees and eight NNGOs. The sections are divided by the strategic plan’s three key result areas:
- CSF management strengthened;
- Institutional and technical capacity of CSF sub-grantees strengthened; and
- Service delivery in the National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS (NSP) program priority areas increased.
In line with national policies, CSF sub-grantees use the combination HIV prevention approach that entails behavioral, structural, and biomedical interventions. To optimize service delivery, sub-grantees refer beneficiaries for biomedical services not readily available at base. Some of the notable achievements were as follows. Sub-grantees provided health education through community based initiatives including small group discussions, peer education, oneon-one interventions and community dialogues. The total number of beneficiaries that received messages in the year was 962,889 (48.3% female). This performance exceeded the annual target by 92.6%. A total of 315,921 individuals (47.4% female) received HIV counseling and testing (HCT) and were given results. Thus the CSF annual target was exceeded by 5.3% and the number constituted approximately 9% of the national annual target for 2013. Of this number, 10,275 individuals (47% female) tested HIV positive and they were referred for care and treatment services. To promote safe sexual practices, CSF sub-grantees distributed 5,180,617 condoms (3.5% female) and this constituted 35.7% of the annual target. In terms of safe male circumcision (SMC), 5,877 males were circumcised, and this was 59% of the CSF annual target and 0.6% of the national target. Clinical and non-clinical care, support and treatment services were provided to 63,211 people living with HIV (PLHIV), representing an achievement of 115% of the target for the year which is significantly higher than achieved (75%) the previous year. This performance is attributed to the use of effective strategies to recruit PLHIV into care programs, such as the formation of referral partnerships between government hospitals and private health facilitie