Communities in and around the Lake Victoria Basin experience a number of interconnected challenges. These challenges include dependence on diminishing natural resources, pervasive poverty, food insecurity, poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and inaccessible health services. At the same time, the ecosystem itself faces substantial degradation. To address these intertwined challenges and foster healthy and engaged communities, Pathfinder International has been advancing an integrated population, health, and environment (PHE) initiative called Health of People and Environment-Lake Victoria Basin (HoPE-LVB) since 2011, in partnership with several environmental and health sector partners in Uganda, Kenya, and the US.
This brief describes the strong advocacy component used by the project to ensure institutionalization and expansion of successfully tested approaches, particularly collaboration with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission as an institutional partner.