Future Families invites NGOs/CBOs to submit an Expression of Interest application for a sub-contract period of 6-month for implementation of a HIV project amongst refugee and asylum seeker communities in Gauteng and Free State.
The projects’ key populations include sex workers, gay, bisexual men, and transgender people from the refugee and asylum seeker communities.
Project background and objectives
People living with HIV/AIDS face challenges, including accessing essential health care, while the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the social and economic inequalities and increased the vulnerability of marginalized groups to HIV/AIDS The risks for women and girls have become even higher, as have the gender and cultural norms that perpetuate inequality.
Vulnerable persons living with, at risk of or affected by HIV face many barriers in accessing care, including interruptions in treatment and access to health care and other social services. These challenges have been further magnified by the restrictions put in place as a result of COVID-19. The reliance on community leaders and refugee communities for HIV care continues to increase, particularly in resource-limited settings such as the Free State province where there is high prevalence of HIV and no UNHCR or partner presence. Future Families seeks a sub-contractor who is willing to develop a footprint in the Free State and can build a stakeholder network in both Gauteng and Free State to address the health challenges and other protection risks that refugees and asylum seekers face.
Project activities will include:
- Conduct community mapping in the Free State to identify refugee communities and community leaders
- Identification of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV through community-based structures.
- Follow up on recommendations in respect of the TB Assessment Study conducted in 2019 by CDC and UNHCR in 2019
- Identify refugee (and asylum-seeker) volunteers/peer educators as peer health navigators in clinics and health centres to provide information on HIV related issues
- Collaborate with Department of Health to organize sensitization campaigns for health care workers regarding the plight of refugees in accessing HIV and TB services
- Public awareness health education and community dialogues on TB, HIV, STIs, COVID 19 and other non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health. Including targeted sessions to key population
- Facilitate referrals for free health screenings including HIV counselling and testing
- Supply of essential HIV commodities such as condoms, lubrication etc to target populations.
- IEC material dissemination
The project will also seek to enhance protection of livelihoods for persons living with, at risk of or affected by HIV (Gauteng and Free State Province). Although nutrition, linkages to food security and self-reliance support greatly promote treatment adherence and well-being for people living with HIV, these issues remain to be addressed. The COVID-19 pandemic has further affected livelihoods
Activities under this objective will include:
- Screening key population groups for economic activities
- Identifying type of livelihoods activities to be undertaken
- Providing economic strengthening programmes through Cash-Based Interventions (CBI)
- Identifying and strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders to enhance economic strengthening programmes
NPOs and CBOs who are interested in working with refugee and asylum communities and enhance advocacy initiatives and stakeholder engagement to promote community-based responses to HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, communicable diseases and other refugee protections risks are invited to apply.
Applications can be submitted to: email@example.com
Deadline for applications is 28 July 2021 at 16h00