Community-Based Organization Capacity Building Project
In September 2011, Pathfinder was awarded a grant from the Positive Action for Children Fund to provide technical assistance to 11 community-based organizations, nine in Uganda and two in Tanzania. This new award also expands the project to Nigeria where technical assistance will be provided to three community-based organizations in Edo and Abia states. Pathfinder aims to improve the organizational capacity of these organizations to affect health and community systems strengthening.
The project was approved for two more years of funding in Uganda and Tanzania to build on the first year of technical assistance and to provide the community-based organizations with additional training and support to ensure sustained capacity and ability to scale up and improve the interventions in HIV prevention and care. As in Tanzania and Uganda, the Nigeria project will utilize Pathfinder’s innovative technical assistance methodology, including our Straight to the Point tools. A community-based organization assessment will help facilitate identification of gaps.
This tool leads an organization or group step-by-step through the process of creating a workplan—from setting goals and objectives, to choosing activities, to planning timing and assigning responsibility—and includes a workplan template.
This Straight to the Point capacity building tool offers a brief introduction to a few essential accounting practices and provides a checklist to help organizations assess whether they are meeting these fundamental requirements.
This Straight to the Point capacity building tool introduces the concept of budgeting to community-based organizations with limited resources and financial management experience, and leads them through the process of creating a simple budget.
Organizations and groups can use this tool to guide a group activity with members of the community they work with in order to identify the major barriers to adopting a specific healthier behavior and to prioritize which barriers should be addressed first.
This project uses Citizen Report Cards to convince government officials to allocate funding for contraception during stock outs. Two local NGOs are being training to use this tool for government accountability of a lack of supplies.
Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women in Northern and North Eastern Uganda
This PATH/CIDA-funded project integrates family planning into HIV and AIDS services in 11 post-conflict districts of Uganda by working with the community to build demand and supporting facilities in quality counseling, contraceptive services and referrals.
This project sought to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Institutional capacity building was a key component of the project.
MSD for Mothers launched a new initiative to reduce maternal mortality rates in India this week, naming Pathfinder International as one of three nonprofit partners that will implement project activities.
Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.