Sable Construction has established partnership with Titukuke Rural Community Development Association (TRCDA) to manage HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs during the construction works. TRCDA will concentrate on the communities around the project area and the work camps for the Road activities covering a radius of 15 km.
The main objective is to help mitigate the potential impacts created by construction project activities. The primary focus of the assignment will be to address awareness and prevention services, including behavioral change activities and voluntary counseling and testing services, for identified target groups across the project and communities. The beneficiaries of these programs and activities will include, but not be limited, to skilled and unskilled workers of Sable and targeted members of communities surrounding the construction and infrastructure sites, e.g. out of school youth and commercial sex workers.
The Service Provider will be responsible for achieving the results outlined in the Schedule of Work (SOW) over the period of performance 2015 – 2016. The Service Provider will deliver an integrated and collaborative three- year program that increases access to quality HIV/AIDS programming in specified project sites and hence reduces HIV transmission among workers and most-at risk groups in, recognizing the unique dynamics in each.
The activities will include targeted communication strategy and campaign, gender appropriate education and behavioral change interventions that mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in and near construction activities. The HIV/AIDS behavioral change prevention program will target populations who reside in areas surrounding the construction and infrastructure sites with special attention to young women and men, migratory construction workers, skilled and unskilled workers on or near the project sites and mid and upper level management of the construction companies. An HIV/AIDS mitigation program will be put in place with all of the companies who
are involved in MCA-T funded construction projects. It is expected that by 2016, all targeted villages located near the construction sites will have been reached with HIV/AIDS behavior change and education activities. Further, the Service Provider will develop and initiate work place programs targeting senior and mid-level management, as well as the skilled and unskilled workers on the construction sites. These work place programs will include counseling and testing for HIV and AIDS (either on the construction site or referral to Hospital VCT or private Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) center at St Oscar’s Parish, as well as HIV/AIDS prevention education and behavior change activities. It is further anticipated that the Service Provider will assist the contractor to develop policies, in accordance with the National HIV/AIDS Policy, that protect the privacy of individuals and does not discriminate against workers who are HIV and/or AIDS infected. Additionally, the Contractor’s work with commercial sex workers and young women will include information on negotiating safe sex practices to protect one’s health, and for men (workers and management) to develop similar programs to protect their own health, as well as information on what constitutes sexual harassment, why it will not be tolerated in the workplace and the consequences of such behavior.
It is envisioned that the Service Provider will seek NGOs, CBOS and other private sector organizations with which to partner to implement some of the ideas discussed above. It is further anticipated that a social marketing program which includes condoms, including the female condom, sexually transmitted infection (STIs) kits and an HIV/AIDS VCT program will be developed.
Performance Standards: At a minimum
- An HIV/AIDS education and behavior change communication workplace program, which reaches 100 % of laborers and managers, is established.
- A similar program is established in communities located near the construction sites reaching 80% of community leaders and the targeted vulnerable population identified in this document
- Condoms are readily and freely available at all construction sites over the life of the project;
- A social marketing program, utilizing “best-practices” will be developed for participating communities and construction companies
- NGOs and CBOs in the targeted communities establish culturally and gender appropriate education programs to promote positive health-seeking behaviors with respect to disease prevention
- 60% of workers on the construction and infrastructure project sites will have sought VCT services by the end of the project
- Strategic linkages are built with the social marketing program to introduce STI kits into the targeted communities to lower STI incidence rate among youth and other vulnerable groups
- There is an increase in the number of target population seeking STI/HIV/AIDS services in health facilities and in their communities
- A series of 4 mixed media HIV/AIDS communication activities, including radio, brochures, billboards, etc. is developed over the life of the project
- A monitoring and evaluation plan of the HIV/AIDS prevention and education program will have been established and implemented.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The District Aids Coordinating Assistant (DACA) is responsible for developing and executing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).
NARRATIVE REPORT – OCTOBER 2015 OUTREACH
During the month under review, the service provider undertook two major activities, namely; sensitization during district independence eve, and independence day at show grounds. In all the outreach areas, huge crowds were in attendance thereby making our outreach messages reach people of diverse backgrounds. We thank the direct events coordinating committee for agreeing to allow our drama and musical teams to perform at the independence celebrations as well as Sable for facilitating for mobility.
Below are the highlights and photos of the advocacy teams as they seriously delivered the messages on HIV and AIDS and other behavioral change to the audiences;
- SENSITIZATION ON THE INDEPENDENCE EVE
During this day government, political, religious, civil society, other leaders and the general public, all gathered at the civic center to show solidarity and patriotism to mother Zambia for staying intact for 51 years without civil strife. However, the message given by our dancers and musicians concentrated on fighting the AIDS pandemic through positive lifestyles as we celebrate Zambia ‘s 51st birthday. Recklessness and risky behaviors were going to render our country unproductive. The messages were so clear and touching such that most of the people talked to recognized the Titukuke Organization as a unique partner the fight against AIDS whose efforts needed to be promoted. All this comes in the wake of events that no HIV intervention is being witnessed in the communities apart from that done by Titukuke.
- SENSITIZATION AT SHOW GROUNDS
Show grounds inhabitants stay the way of life we would call ghetto life. People tend to forget the consequences of unprotected sex. Sexual activities become rampant on public events more especially evenings. We organized HIV awareness
through music and distributed 4 boxes of condoms.
The activity that started at 15.00 hours, could not easily end as the audience started taking to the floor and singing the HIV and AIDS songs in the beat. The activity finally ended at 20.00 hours.
tributed 4 boxes of condoms.