NAFOPHANU is committed to coordinating advocacy initiatives and strengthening the ability of the PLHIV community in Uganda to influence HIV policy environment aimed at ensuring that People Living with HIV and AIDS access quality services. Our Advocacy Mandate is reflected in the different interventions elaborated below;
Advocacy & Networking;
Several activities are being implemented both at district and national level to strengthen PLHIV linkages and advocacy initiatives. For example; Sub County dialogues, stakeholder information sharing meetings and quarterly district executive committee meetings.
CAAT meetings (Consortium of Advocates on Access to Treatment).
The CAAT meetings are conducted on quarterly basis and stands on evidence based advocacy regarding access to treatment and campaign against drug stock outs of drugs in public facilities.
Participate in the HIV and AIDS international advocacy days:
HIV &AIDS advocacy days which NAFOPHANU actively participates in include; World AIDS day, Philly Lutaaya Day, Candle light memorial and World TB day among others. All the events are very critical in our response for advocacy and mobilization of communities to maintain the focus, prevent stigma and discrimination and in memory of the lost souls and uphold harmony with those living with HIV and affected with HIV/AIDS respectively.
The platforms have created a forum for networks to employ a Rights Based Approach, by making leaders accountable for quality health services delivery. These are carried out at sub county/district level targeting a section of duty bearers.
Research and documentation:
We have carried out several researches such as the HIV & AIDS stigma index survey 2013, Surveys on local government spending, Community Score Card Reports among others. Findings from these reports have been very instrumental in informing our advocacy programming. The information collected serves as an evidence base and tool for critical advocacy activities to promote and protect the rights of PLHIV and reduce stigma and discrimination. We believe that if recommendations from these reports are taken up by the relevant stakeholders, the UNAIDS targets of “Zero New Infections, Zero Stigma and Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths” as well as the 90x90x90 targets will be realised.
Coordination of HIV response;PLHIV are represented at all levels to embrace MIPA/GIPA principles and also play the advocacy role such as the District level structures(SAC, DAC, PAC),National level( partnership Committee, CCM ,members of the Civil Society Fund board, MOH & UAC technical working group.
ART Monitoring: There is continuous focus on to monitoring accessibility and availability of ART in public health facilities. This helps the Secretariat to follow up on problems of drug stock outs in districts.
Media engagement; The media is engaged in our advocacy work as a mechanism of reaching out to wider public, and attracting a cross section of the duty bearers who may not easily be reached to for immediate action. A number of articles have been published in the newspapers and have created a positive impact.
Radio and TV talk shows: The talk shows focus on pertinent issues that affect communities’ access to HIV and AIDS service delivery. Opportunity is provided to the secretariat and district forums to participate in the talk shows and discuss issues that are peculiar to their local needs. The radio talk shows provide information to the masses, increase visibility of the networks and boosts advocacy of both infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
NAFOPHANU is positioned to continue spearheading the PLHIV advocacy mandate in the HIV response in partnership with other players to ensure that the rights of PLHIV are protected and GIPA/MIPA principle is embraced at all levels.