SPEDP Technical Capacity in Hiv and Aids Programming
SPEDP’s experience in HIV and AIDS programming combines experiences in Grants management, Coordination and effective delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and care projects, direct implementation roles in all components of the response (prevention of new infections, quality of life for infected and affected as well as programs targeted at mitigation of socio-economic impact). These experiences have been augmented by SPEDP’s nationwide expertise in HIV and AIDS programs and where cross country learning and sharing, as well as technical support is enhanced. HIV and AIDS initiatives are also mainstreamed into projects in livelihoods, humanitarian assistance, education and community managed Micro-Finance program.
SPEDP has a thematic sector in HIV and AIDS as part of the government’s priority in responding to the HIV and AIDS response in the country, in view of the contribution that the disease plays in eroding people’s capacities and investments which result to increased poverty levels.
The sector drives SPEDP’s mainstreaming in HIV in other thematic sectors including livelihood projects and humanitarian response. This sector has a team of professionals and has managed large programs in HIV and AIDS with significant success.
The personnel are in the areas of program cycle management, technical skills in clinical aspects to HIV programming as well as behaviour and social aspects to HIV programming including behaviour change communication, strategic communication for risk reduction targeted at high risk and vulnerable groups, stigma and discrimination reduction programming, economic empowerment for OVC care givers and heads of affected households, policy engagement as well as institutional capacity building for other local community organizations