Sep 16, 2008
Kenya Worries Over Fresh HIV Infections Kakamega, Kenya – Kenyan health authorities expressed concern on Tuesday over the growing rate of fresh HIV/AIDS infections, which increased by over 11% in the past year alone, suggesting the infected population are increasingly spreading the disease. Kenya's Assistant Minister for Public Health and Sanitation James Gesami said although new infections were driven by the high number of people living with the disease, most of them did not know that they were living with the disease. "The number of new infections has been rising by 11% but people living with HIV/AIDS are living longer lives," Gesami told PANA after the health ministry launched a joint campaign to promote voluntary testing and counseling to reduce the rate of... Read more
Aug 11, 2008
Success Story: Cooperative Development Mushrooms in Rwanda Supported by CHF International and CHAMP through the Society of Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA), Asovenya is one of thousands of grassroots organizations in Rwanda comprised of community members who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Asovenya was originally established as an association of 82 people in 2005, and its members earned money by weaving traditional baskets. Although they took substantial time and effort to produce, members only earned about $5.50 a month for their beautiful baskets. But later, through a $2,800 grant and technical assistance provided by CHF and SWAA, Asovenya transformed into a cooperative, and switched their members from basket weaving to rearing goats and cultivating mushrooms, which were... Read more
May 27, 2008
On May 1st, 2008, CHF became the principal recipient in Honduras for a six-year HIV/AIDS program and an eight-month Malaria bridge funding program, both of which are supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. These awards are a continuation of a five-year program that was also supported by the Global Fund. Honduras has the second highest rate of HIV/AIDS infections in Central America. According to a 2006 UNAIDS report, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among adults is 1.5 percent. It is estimated that there are currently 63,000 Hondurans living with HIV/AIDS. Of those people who need antiretroviral treatment, less than half actually receive the necessary drugs. Honduras is also affected by high rates of malaria. Although it makes up only 17 percent of Central America’... Read more
May 05, 2008
New Children's Booklet on HIV/AIDS Launched By James Buyinza, New Times A new booklet sensitizing children on relevant and accurate information about sexuality and dangers of HIV/AIDS has been launched. The booklet contains information on how young children both in primary and secondary schools can reinforce their knowledge and skills to maintain safe behaviours and avoid being infected by HIV/AIDS. The launch was held yesterday at Hotel La Palisse Nyandungu. The book entitled "Haranira Kuba Indatwa" also aims at sensitizing children on the risks of early pregnancy and educates them on how they can live positively with the disease. It was published by the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP) Project with the assistance of the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion. The... Read more
Apr 29, 2008
Using Technology in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Matt Snell | VIP Assignment, 2005   In 2005, CHF started implementing the “Local Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS-Grants Management” program to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. With funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the program focused on strengthening the capacity of local, community, and faith-based organizations to provide high-quality, expanded and sustained HIV/AIDS services. Through a customized training and technical assistance package, as well as strategic planning and financial management training, CHF has been improving the technical, organizational and programmatic capacity of hundreds of local partner Kenyan organizations.
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Mar 18, 2008
Global Communities Capacity in Preventing, Mitigating and Responding to Outbreaks of Infectious Disease Global Communities has extensive experience responding to public health emergencies during the course of development and humanitarian assistance programming.  Our programs strengthen access to water and sanitation while promoting healthy behavior change and linkages to local primary healthcare networks to prevent and mitigate infectious disease transmission. We work with communities, local and national government agencies and other development partners to combat infectious diseases including Ebola, cholera, HIV/AIDS, malaria and Zika.  We also provide critical hygiene support in ongoing humanitarian emergencies in Syria and Yemen. Our efforts leverage strong collaborative relationships... Read more
Mar 18, 2008
Global Communities has been continuously in Honduras for 30 years, implementing a variety of development projects focused on housing, sanitation, disaster mitigation, municipal development, environmental management, agriculture, sustainable tourism and economic development. Developing Irrigation Systems for Small Farmers Building on Global Communities’ successful water harvesting project, the Cosecha project is building ten new reservoirs to measure the cost effectiveness and impacts of water harvesting and improved agricultural practices compared to improved agricultural practices alone and a control group who will apply traditional farming practices. Supported by USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), the project will... Read more
Mar 17, 2008
Twiyubake /Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations Global Communities implements the Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) Program, which aims to assist 50,000 vulnerable households in 12 districts. Known locally as Twiyubake, which is Kinyarwanda for “Let’s Build Ourselves,” this program is a five-year initiative funded by USAID/PEPFAR that contributes to reduced risk and adverse impacts from health conditions like HIV/AIDS, particularly on vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations targeted by the program include people living with HIV (PLHIV); orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); out-of-school youth, particularly girls and young women; members of households caring for PLHIV or OVC; and very poor households, especially female- and widow-headed households. The... Read more
Mar 17, 2008
Increasing Access to Finance for Agribusinesses Global Communities is implementing the Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program to bolster trade by increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. The core of the program supports lending to banks through a $50 million loan guaranty facility (LGF) backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Global Communities complements this LGF with technical support to partner banks and agribusiness SMEs, including cooperatives, farmer associations and savings and credit cooperatives. AIMS KEY ACHIEVEMENTS AS OF JULY 2019 More than 150,000 SMEs identified with 2000 of... Read more
Mar 10, 2008
Health Development with Direct Relief International Following the 2006 earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, CHF worked in close association with local health officials, to distribute more than US$4 million worth of emergency health supplies from Direct Relief International (DRI). With accelerated customs clearance and logistical support in place, such supplies were made available to those in need in tsunami-affected areas of Aceh and earthquake-affected areas of Yogyakarta without delay (in many cases in less than 24 hours upon arrival in-country). Supplies provided included essential medicine, antibiotics, disinfectants, bandages, IV solution, syringes, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, as well as tents for the establishment of remote emergency health posts. Beyond the provision of supplies... Read more
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