The ADRA Ghana/Global Fund for HIV/AIDS Round 8 program is designed to reinforce the scaling up of HIV/AIDS prevention activities and reducing the incidents of new HIV infections. The program requires the use of innovative and multi-faceted methodologies to ensure effective behavior change and also to meet the reproductive health needs of the vulnerable groups and the general population.
The project seeks to address gaps in the national response such as; superficial understanding of HIV in many segments of the population including youth, and an inability to move people from general knowledge and awareness of risk to actually adopting behavior, insufficient targeting of most at risk populations and vulnerable groups, slow integration of HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health, as well as the shortfall in institutional and community capacities to rapidly scale-up comprehensive HIV services.
The project is being implemented by ADRA as a Principal Recipient (PR) from Global Fund.
MIHOSO International was a sub-recipient; phase 1 of the ADRA Ghana/Global Fund for HIV, TB, and Malaria. MIHOSO International has implemented the project in ten districts in the Brong Ahafo Region, as well as in two districts in the Ashante Region and one district in Upper West, East, and Northern Regions respectively.
The United Nations Development Program - Global Environmental Facility contracted MIHOSO International to implement an 18 month pilot project in three communities in Jirapa in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The title of the project was, "Enhancing Community Investment in the Restoration of Degraded Lands in Jirapa, Douri, and Tizza Through Sustainable Land Management Practices, Livelihood Enterprise Development and Market Access Development in the Jirapa District."
The specific objectives of the project are as follows;
The project has been able to make the following positive impacts;
MIHOSO International is providing consultancy services to business associations in Ghana through the DANIDA, USAID, and EU multi-donor funding mechanism. MIHOSO International has made significant strides in the area of BUSAC in the past and is currently supporting 25 private sector organizations/groups in 5 regions in Ghana (Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, and the three Northern Regions).
Overall objectives of the BUSAC Fund are;
To ensure broader engagement of the private sector in policy making and policy implementation at national, regional, and local levels
To strengthen the capacity of private sector representative organizations to advocate for pro-business sector reform in Ghana
To improve the private sector by assisting to remove bottlenecks at all levels of administration
To broaden public understanding of the role of business in society
MIHOSO International is partnering with Family Health International (FHI 360 Ghana) to contribute to addressing the malaria situation in the Pru District in Brong Ahafo. The Family Health International GSK program is a home based capacity building and intervention strategy aimed at malaria management in the Pru District, Brong Ahafo Region.
The main goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of malaria and its problems related to morbidity and mortality in the Pru District.
The Project is ongoing. To date, 4,782 mothers and children have been reached with the following services;
Increased early recognition of malaria illness and provision of appropriate treatment within 24-48 hours of symptom onset at the community level including referrals of malaria illness from communities to health facilities.
Improvement of knowledge, awareness and preventive health seeking behaviors at the community level through the aid of trained community health volunteers and Mothers Against Malaria (MAM) clubs.
Increase in agricultural productivity due to the reduction in malaria cases.
The project is financed by GSK through Family Health International 360 (FHI360).
Since 2010, MIHOSO International has been working with Dolls for World Peace, based in South Florida, USA. The main objectives of the project are promoting diversity, peace, human rights, and giving aid to the less privileged in the world, especially children.
Through this project, dolls are transported from USA to Africa, putting smiles on the faces of orphans and vulnerable children. Communities are also engaged in peace building and self-help projects to build schools.
MIHOSO International, in partnership with the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Center, has implemented HIV/AIDS project under the Prevention and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) intervention titled, "Action to Reduce HIV/AIDS further infections through Peer Education and Community Advocacy" in the Pru and Nkoranza North Districts in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Over 7,500 people in the districts have been reached with BCC messages such as prevention, reproductive health/family planning, HIV stigma reduction, HIV testing and counseling, and HIV care services through outreach programs in the districts. The populations reached are among in-school youth, out of school youth, and the general population in 20 communities. Gender violence and rights were also integrated into the project.
The organization with its own initiatives took part in the three day National Immunization Campaign with the district Ghana Health Service. The health directorate identified some hard to reach communities for the organization to campaign on the incoming immunization exercise and to advocate for allowing women and children to participate in the exercise to eliminate the long term negative effects of meseals on children. The organization also transported some of the materials needed for the exercise to some of the communities. MIHOSO International's participation in this exercise aided the health directorate to achieve 73% of its target, which they have never met according to the District Disease Officer.
This project was a pilot and MIHOSO International is developing a comprehensive program out of the pilot for some selected districts in Ghana.
MIHOSO International is contracted to implement in the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the Agence Francaise de Developpement Peri-Urban, Rural, and Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation Project (RSTWSSP) in the Brong Ahafo Region.
This has been partly due to the inadequate attention given to potable water, community sanitation issues, and lower priority placed on sanitation and hygiene by communities in the Region. The project is placing a strong emphasis on sanitation with the intention of giving this sub-sector more attention than it has previously received.
MIHOSO International was awarded a contract under the LOT 6 as Partner Organization and LOT 2 as Hygiene, Education, and Sanitation consultant to provide consultancy services to communities in 6 municipalities and district assemblies; Nkoranza North, Nkoranza South, Kintampo North Municipal, Kintampo South, Wenchi Municipal, and Techiman Municipal. In total, 132 Peri-Urban and Rural communities are benefiting directly, reaching over 79,200 people. 60% of the total population are children and young people.
To date, specific objectives performed include;
Coached communities to identify their water and sanitation needs for assistance;
Sensitized the communities to manage their installed and constructed facilities in a sustainable manner;
Promoted the empowerment of women in the decision-making process for the sustainable ownership and management of water and sanitation facilities and household/environmental hygiene education;
Reviewed the existing and/or established 126 WATSAN committees in the beneficiary communities to meet the demands of the proposed facility; and
Trained and developed the members of the WATSAN committees and equipt them with the skills and knowledge needed to function effectively for the management of water, hygiene and sanitation facilities.
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