ICA:UK

ICA:UK's mission is to enable people to bring about change in pursuit of a just and sustainable world for all. Informed by our values (shared responsibility, wholeness, a global perspective, constant learning, and making a difference) we seek to develop a culture of participation amongst the individuals, groups and organisations we target.
Mar 12, 2012

One year on, and...

The recent meeting of HIV+ facilitators
The recent meeting of HIV+ facilitators

In January 2012 a further meeting was held with some of the trained facilitators, who reported on what they had been able to achieve. All were able to tell how they had introduced the Living Well ideas to their own groups, how enthusiastic those people were, and how putting these ideas into practice had helped them deal with challenges such as adherence to medication and reducing stigma.

Most of the facilitators were able to report that not only had they been able to inform and guide members of their own HIV+ support groups, but they had been able to reach out to other groups as well. Up to 10 more groups had been reached in this way, with a membership of up to 300 people, which is great! Challenges remain though- stigma is still a big issue, some local religious leaders are preaching against the taking of ARV drugs, and the continuing poverty works against many of the attempts being made by people living with HIV and AIDS to improve their lives. There are also many more groups yet to be reached.

The meeting concluded with two firm intentions: to visit religious leaders and inform them of the implications of their actions, and to begin running further public awareness events to educate people further on HIV and AIDS- although the disease has been around a long time and ARVs have helped the disease to be more manageable, there is still a low level of awareness amongst the general public.  

Nov 21, 2011

Ensuring HIV+ voices are heard

The participants in the strategic planning process
The participants in the strategic planning process

Although the initiative of working with HIV+ people in and around Mariakani started as a programme, SCR (our implementing partner) have now gone a step further by including some of the participants in their recent strategic planning process when the dirsction of the organisation was charted for the next 3-5 years. In this way, the HIV+ voices were heard and listened to in the process, and their views reflected in the final plan for the organisation. This small effort ensures that the organisation remiands close to its target groups and provides the sort of support and guidance as wanted and needed by the HIV+ groups.

Sep 2, 2011

Preparing for the next phase

While the trained facilitators continue to work with the support groups, our partner in Kenya, Support for Community Response, has been through a strategic planning process in which ongoing work with the Positive Self Management programme was agreed as a priority. Discussions are now going on with the facilitators to prepare a proposal for funding for the next stage. 

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