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Keba Africa Is one of the civil society organizations (CSO) on the consulting team tasked to develop the TB/HIV concept note for Ghana, a key requirement for the New Funding Mechanism of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Currently, Keba Africa is working with CFAO Solidarite France to undertake a Malaria, HIV-TB, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project dubbed “Feed the Minds” in 30 primary and JHS schools in five metropolitan assemblies (Ablekuma North, Ga-South, Ga-Central, La-Dadekotopon, and Accra Metropolitan Assembly)  in the Greater Accra Region. The project aims to increase awareness on malaria, TB, HIV, water, sanitation and hygiene issues among 20,000 pupils in 36 months. Under the “Feed the Minds” project 205 young health advocates or “champions” have been trained to form the nucleus of health clubs called “young health champions club” (YHCC). The clubs which have been fully resourced and operational spear head malaria, HIV-TB, water, sanitation and hygiene education and awareness creation in the 30 primary and JHS schools and surrounding communities. The peer-led health education programmes taking place at club level is then shared with peers of a similar age group. It is also based on the idea that friends and club members would be influenced by the expectations, attitudes and behaviours of the 205 trained young health champions.

From 2012-2017, Keba Africa has been implementing the GHS/NTP/GFTAM project dubbed “Rural Communities TB Prevention and Care on Tuberculosis” in Asikuma- Odoben- Brakwa, Ajumako Anyan Essiam, Mfantseman and Assin North Districts in the Central Region of Ghana as part of the Ministry of Health /National TB Control Programme/Global Fund Project to address the gap between case notification, case detection and successful treatment. As of March 2015, the following results have been achieved: Trained 150 TB/HIV community agents to conduct ACSM activities in 65 rural and semi-urban communities. The trained TB/HIV community agents conducted referrals of suspected TB clients (1528) to the 5 project district health TB directorates. B) Enhanced knowledge of TB/HIV among 145,583 high risk community members in 65 rural communities in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa district Ajumako Anyan Essiam, Mfantseman and Assin North Districts. C) Established an HIV/TB advocacy network which conducted TB/HIV education/discussion fora in schools, mosques, churches, drinking bars situated within the 65 project communities in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa district Ajumako Anyan Essiam, Mfantseman and Assin North Districts. D) 150 CBAs carried out house to house TB/HIV education and screening for suspected TB/HIV clients in 65 communities to increase TB/HIV case notification and detection in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa district Ajumako Anyan Essiam, Mfantseman and Assin North Districts. E) Organised 130 community conversation enhancement sessions to reduce TB/HIV related stigma and discrimination in 65 communities in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa district Ajumako Anyan Essiam, Mfantseman and Assin North Districts. E) Organised 24 monthly meetings with TB/HIV officials in all 5 project districts/municipalities to strengthen coordination between Keba Africa and TB health directorates to implement TB/HIV projects as well as identified strategies to address gaps in TB/HIV case detection and notification in the 5 project districts/municipal.

With funding from the NMCP/Ablekuma North sub-metro, Keba Africa is implementing a community malaria prevention project. The following key activities were undertaken targeting pregnant women, parents with children under 5 years, Opinion leaders, Social and religious groups, traditional birth attendants, traditional healers and school children:

  • Sensitized 110 opinion leaders, Social and religious groups and PLHIV Associations on AS-AQ (Artesunate-Amodiaquine), IPT, ITNS, and HBC.
  • Trained 80 relevant CBAs, Community Health Workers and Faith Based Organizations to undertake outreach education on malaria prevention.
  • Carried out IE&C on IPT, HBC, AMDP and ITNs.
  • Media radio spots education on IPTp, HBC, AS-AQ and LLINs.
  • Community durbars combined with ITNs distribution.
  • Follow up on pregnant women on IPT.
  • Monitor use / side effect of IPT in pregnant women.
  • Education at all levels for control and prevention of malaria during pregnancy / IPT.

Together with the Ga South District Health Directorate we distributed over 10,000 LLINs to households in low-income densely populated communities including Weija, Mallam, Bortianor, Amanfrom, Sowutoum as part of efforts to achieve universal coverage of LLINs. These nets were not only distributed from door to door, but were hang as much as possible over recipients’ sleeping places.

Keba Africa is also undertaking the “Literacy Bridge Project” which involves improving school sanitation and hygiene facilities in the Ajumako Enyan Essiam and Asikuma Odoben Brakwa Districts in the Central Region. The project aims at ensuring the improvement of sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools of low income communities whilst ensuring the improvements meet gender, equity and social inclusion. The project is a partnership between CFAO Group/PW limited and Ajumako Enyan Essiam and Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District Assemblies. The activities untaken include the following: selection of beneficiary schools, development of strategies, protocols and BCC materials, school sanitation and hygiene assessment, assessment of user knowledge, attitude, behaviours and practices, assessment of existing WASH facilities and services, planning for effective school WASH facilities management including manual development and supporting AEE/AOB districts in strengthening SHEP delivery.

Consultancy Services in the Scaling Seeds and Technologies in Africa Unit, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (USAID Funded). February to May 2014

Tasks:  – Propose a methodology for collecting and analyzing secondary data for the performance indicators of SSTP;  –  Conduct a field study in the target countries to identify seed and technologies system stakeholders  –  Collect and analyze secondary data necessary for establishing the current level of performance indicators from relevant national, regional and international stakeholders   – Identify existing data gaps that needs to be filled by primary data collection  –  Determine the existing seeds and technologies available for scale up –  Identify existing constraints/gaps and opportunities in infrastructure, investment from private sector and other value chain actors and their expectations  –  Determine seed and technologies industry stakeholders in the countries, indicating their role, capacity and contribution to seed and technologies industry development,  –  Determine the existing seeds and technologies interventions and how SSTP can collaborate and coordinate activities for better impact   – Determine the baseline figures for the performance indicators outlined   – Produce a final report on the baseline study and assist country teams to set indicator targets for the performance years.

Conduct a baseline Survey for the World Vision Implemented ‘Systems Approach to Improve and Sustain Food Security’ (SATISFY) in West Africa Project. January 2013 to February 2013

Tasks:  – Conduct a desk review of the project documentation; – Prepare a sampling frame and design for the assignment; – Supervise enumerators to collect data; Supervise data entry, process and analyze data; – Prepare baseline survey report and make recommendations.

Facilitation Support to the 2013 Joint Agriculture Sector Review- Using the CAADP guidelines   (Commissioned by Monitoring Evaluation and Technical Support METSS/University of Cape Coast, Funded by USAID). April 2013 – June 2013

Tasks: – Coordinate the development of the TOR for the sector review; Review commissioned studies, –  engage with consultants carrying out METASIP Review and prepare policy briefs from findings of such studies for discussion during the sector review; – Coordinate the preparation of discussion points for each of the commissioned studies for group work;  – Review presentations for substance and depth to meet the intended purpose of the review;  – Develop a format for presentation of the group work; –  Provide guidelines for group and plenary discussions;  – Develop template for the recording of plenary and group discussions;  – Direct plenary discussions to reach consensus on the issues brought forward for discussion;  – Ensure that the proceedings of the review meeting are recorded at both plenary and thematic group levels;  – Ensure that an aide memoir detailing the agreed recommendations and issues is completed within 14 days after the review meetings.

Review of Grant Partners’ Results Framework supported by STAR-Ghana (Funded by UK AID, USAID, DANIDA and EU). December 2013 to February 2014 

Tasks:  – Review STAR-Ghana’s M&E framework – Review shortlisted applicants proposal – Review the STAR-Ghana GESI strategy to ensure incorporation of relevant GESI considerations and targets – Support shortlisted applicants to finalize their results framework in a way that is consistent with the STAR-Ghana framework and feedback from the SC.   – Recommend appropriate Capacity Building strategies to STAR-Ghana to guide its support to the applicant.

Final Project Evaluation Sustaining Credible Elections, Peace and National Cohesion in Ghana, Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG). November to December 2013

Tasks:  – Review relevant documents  – Carry out field data interviews and analyze data – Prepare draft and final report on evaluation.

Quality Assurance for Oil and Gas Projects supported by STAR-Ghana (Funded by UK AID, USAID, DANIDA and EU). September- November 2013 

Tasks: – Develop a methodology for the assignment – Undertake outcome monitoring to assess results achieved by the assigned projects funded by STAR-Ghana – Measure results of capacity development provided by STAR-Ghana to Grant Partners – Engage with Grant Partners (GP) to share feedback based on findings and provide guidance to enable GPs address implementation challenges as well as take advantage of opportunities in wider environment – Submit a report addressing the tasks in the terms of reference (TOR).

Nationwide Monitoring and Evaluation for British High Commission’s Election Security Project.(Funded by Bristish Council, UK AID ). May 2012- May 2013 

Tasks:  – Assess how each component of the election security project is working on the ground;- Ascertain views of implementing partners and key stakeholders on implementation of the programme; – Conduct verification / independent checks of activities;  – Make recommendations for implementation of future projects.

 

Community sensitization and project information and communication management on Kanda Regeneration Project for Assured Developers Limited, (funded by State Housing Cooperation (SHC) and Assured Developers Limited). December 2013 to April 2014

Task –Carry out stakeholder identification, analysis, matix and engagement i.e. Meeting with Kanda Residents Association Executives ;  – Screening of Lessees for Legal Status;  – State Housing Cooperation Project Start-up Meeting with Lessees ; – Radio Announcements on Joy FM and Peace FM;  – Meeting with Religious Leaders and Opinion Leaders in the Community;  – Door to Door Visits and Orientation;  – Distribution of Letters, Brochures and Flyers to Sitting Tenants;  – Public Fora and Community Meetings; Mounting of Billboards;  – Experience Sharing/ Exposure Visits; – Information/Communication Booth  management.

 

From 2010- 2013, Keba Africa worked in the Ashanti Region, Greater Accra Region, Western Region, Eastern Region and Central Region in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the GAC/ILO HIV/AIDS Global Fund Project as service contractors. The GAC/ILO Global Fund Project was meant to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and its impact on the informal sector workforce and the wider community. The goals and objectives of the project were:

  1. Increase the number of informal sector trade association members accessing HIV testing and counselling (HTC).
  2. Establish condom distribution points at informal sector workplaces.
  3. Create HIV/AIDS awareness among informal sector trade association members.
  4. Reduce HIV- related stigma and discrimination at informal sector workplaces.
  5. Increase care and support for HIV positive informal sector trade association members.
  6. Reduce infection rate of HIV among informal sector trade association members.
  1. Promote free interaction and discussion of HIV and AIDS issues at the informal sector workplaces.

The project used the workplace as a unique setting to reach vital and productive segment of the informal labour force on regular basis with tailored messages and programs to address HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination and support positive behaviour change. To achieve this HTC identified as key to behaviour change and prevention was employed. Training was also given to over 100 peer educators who in turn acted as community mobilization agents to round up peers for HIV testing.

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