CTPH, together with partners- Pathfinder International, Ecological Christian Organization (ECO), and OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria) is implementing HoPE-LVB (Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin), an Integrated Population, Health, and Environment project (PHE) implemented in Uganda and Kenya. CTPH focuses on Objective 3 of the project, to increase public and policy-maker support for the implementation of integrated PHE strategies in the LVB region.
HoPE-LVB Goal, Objectives and Activities
The goal of the project is to contribute to reducing ecosystem degradation and threats to biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin, while simultaneously increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services (SRH) to improve maternal and child health (MCH) in project communities.
HOPE-LVB Objectives and Activity Summary
Objective 1: Improve SRH and MNCH outcomes among populations living in LVB project sites come 2014. The core activities under this object include;-
- Strengthen capacity of health facility provide sexual and reproductive health services
- Build capacity of community groups to be able to mobilize for and promote reproductive health services.
- Provide motivation of community based groups through routine supervision, provision of job aids and means of transport for volunteer workers.
- Sensitize teachers on sexual and reproductive health topics
Objective 2: Increase community capacity to sustainably manage LVB-related ecosystem resources to improve livelihood and well-being in project sites by 2014. Activities here include;-
- Activating and sensitizing Village Environmental Committees
- Building capacity for district teams to train community groups in sustainable fisheries, sustainable agro forestry, sustainable agriculture, land use and watershed management.
- Sensitize teachers on environmental conservation
Objective 3: Increase public and policy makers support for implementation of integrated PHE strategies in the LVB by 2014. Core activities here include:
- Increase key stakeholders’ understanding of PHE issues, the integrated PHE approach and benefits of PHE
- Increase capacity of key stakeholders to communicate about PHE issues, the PHE approach and the HoPE-LVB project and provide platforms for relevant policy dialogue
- Influence regional and national stakeholders to integrate PHE approach into their programs, or to integrate RH/FP into existing environment and development programs
- Raise the profile of HoPE-LVB project
Kenya: Two sites i.e. Nyandiwa in Suba District and Rakwaro in Rachuonyo District, Homabay County.
Uganda: Two site i.e. Bussi (Gulwe and Tebankiza parishes) in Wakiso District and Jaguzi (Bwondha and Jaguzi parishes) inin Mayuge District.
The project targets local people, local government, civil societies and politicians at the following levels.
Community level: Village Health Teams/Community Health Workers, Beach Management Units, Village Environmental Committees, women groups, and youth groups.
District level: District Health Management Teams, Production Officers, environment officers, fisheries officers, Population officers.
National Level: Ministry Health, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries, NEMA, Population Secretariat, National Council on Population and Development in Kenya, Bukalasa Agriculture Training Institute and others.
Regional Level: Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization.