The PITCH strategic goal is “To beat the AIDS epidemic in countries that are most affected by HIV with focus on “Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and key populations (KP) ”.
The PITCH is a Programme in the policy framework dialogue and dissent of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs scheduled to run from 2016 -2020.CYSRA Uganda is Implementing PITCH project in the districts of Bugiri and Busia. In these districts we are focusing on Ending Teenage Pregnancies, Early/Forced / Arranged Marriages among AGYW.. In our Interventions we equally respect and meaningfully involve people that we work with who are most vulnerable and marginalized. We work with greater involvement of AGYW living with HIV, We invest in community system strengthening, We are building on the capacity of marginalized groups of AGYW and KPs, and We believe CSOs that operate as effective advocates are both a means and an end-goal in themselves.
It is aimed to building capacity on sustainable development goals and the indicator processes to ensure that indicator on sexual reproductive health rights and HIV are adopted in country and global reporting mechanisms. With a strong recognition that young people in HIV response have strong experience in advocacy , the training also focused on building technical knowledge on monitoring and evaluation of the sustainable development goals in-country processes, mapping the accountability eco-systems to ensure that young people are fully involved in the SDG3 monitoring at country level.
Our work is based on actual needs and will be guided by our Uganda Theory of Change. Final beneficiaries are Adolescents Girls and Young Women (AGYW), and Key populations. Our advocacy include relevant regional and national government ministries and departments, police, journalists, donors, CSOs, judiciary, media, cultural and religious leaders, health care providers, Implementing partners, judiciary, politicians, parliamentarians among others.
S1.1: Communities are knowledgeable about health and rights for KPs and embrace efforts to address stigma and discrimination, gender-based violence, and lack of access for SRHR services for KPs.
S1.2: Across the health care system (public, private and CSO-led) there is increased technical competency and improved attitudes to meet the specific SRHR needs for KPs.
S2: Coordinated strategies for informed advocacy are developed, including identification of key stakeholders and opportunities for engagement on health and rights priorities for KPs.
S3: Evidence is methodically collected for the purpose of evidence-based advocacy and research on health and rights priorities for KPs.
S4: There is increased engagement and collaboration between CSOs, key stakeholders and potential champions (including government, judiciary, private sector, media, religious, cultural and community leaders) to promote and protect the health and rights of KPs .
M1: KP-led CSOs country-wide are equipped with sufficient technical, human and financial resources to empower and mobilise their constituencies, both as individual organisations and as strong, united coalitions
M2: Evidence-based advocacy targets the government, policy makers, police, judiciary, cultural and religious leaders, and healthcare professions for full implementation supportive laws and policies
M3: Improved knowledge and understanding of human rights as well as existing SRHR policies and services empowers and mobilises KPs to demand and utilize SRHR services
L1.1: Friendly, quality, comprehensive, integrated HIV, SRHR and harm reduction services are available, accessible and acceptable in public, private and NGO facilities country-wide.
L1.2: Community structures promote and protect SRHR for AGYW, and effectively eliminate GBV, sexual exploitation/abuse of adolescent girls, and harmful cultural practises (including early marriage and FGM).
L1.3: KPs actively participate in local and national civil and political spaces to influence law and policy development for the promotion and protection of their health and rights.
L2: Enabling laws, policies and protocols are in place and implemented to support decriminalisation and full realisation of SRHR for Key populations in Uganda.
1. Equal access to HIV related services for AGYW & KPs in Uganda
2. Sexual and reproductive health and rights for AGYW most affected by HIV in Uganda
3. Equal and full rights for AGYW and Key Populations in Uganda.
4. Strong KP-led Civil Society Organisations are successful HIV advocates.