BACKGROUND

The Sauti Project is a five years project awarded by USAID to Jhpiego and partners Engender Health, Pact and the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Mwanza. The project seeks to contribute to the improved health status of all Tanzanians through a sustained reduction in new HIV infections in support of the United Republic of Tanzania's (URT) commitment to HIV prevention. The program utilizes new, and/or enhances existing, vulnerability-tailored, high-quality combination HIV prevention; positive health, dignity and prevention (PHDP); and family planning (FP) services for key and vulnerable populations (KVP). Sauti aims that at the end of the five-year project, all KVP in program communities are able to actively participate in a core package of vulnerability-tailored, high-quality, client- and community-centered combination (biomedical, behavioral and structural) prevention services; with strong and traceable linkages to care, treatment and other referral services, along with the active support and participation of their partners, families, health providers, the wider community, URT structures and the private sector. Sauti will directly contribute to actualization of the National Guideline for Comprehensive Package of HIV Interventions for Key Populations as well as the URT's policies and guidelines for FP and other applicable health areas.

SAUTI PROJECT OBJECTIVES

HUHESO Foundation being a partner organization of Sauti Project implemented the project in Financial Year I of Sauti Project Implementation (March-September 2016) covering Kahama Town Council and Ushetu Council. In Financial Year II of Sauti Project which commenced in October 2016, HUHESO Foundation implements the project in Ushetu District Council covering 20 wards (Nyamilangano, Chambo, Ushetu, Uyogo, Mpunze, Idahina, Sabasabini, Bulungwa, Ukune, Ulowa, Chona, Nyankende, Kinamapula, Ulewe, Ubagwe, Iboja, Igunda, Iyenze, Bukomela and Kisuke).

In implementing this project; HUHESO Foundation implements several activities in close collaboration and support from Sauti regional teams to ensure that the project administrative and technical requirements are met and observed throughout the implementation period.

The following are Sauti Project Objectives;

  • Objective 1: Conduct community mapping of hotspots, beneficiary hang-outs, and other partners and resources working in the assigned wards/districts
  • Objective 2: Deliver community-based behavior change communication activities designed to specifically address the HIV and family planning vulnerabilities of female sex workers (FSW) and vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and address gender norms, in the program communities.
  • Objective 3: Create demand for and actively refer FSW, VAGYW and other vulnerable populations to community-based HIV testing and counseling services "plus" (CBHTC+), drop in centers (now referred to as Resource Centre), support groups, and economic strengthening activities; and assist with tracking and tracing of individuals who are HIV+, post GBV survivors and any beneficiary in need for IUD or a permanent FP method.
  • Objective 4: Operate one (1) Resource Center in Ushetu DC where FSW, AGYW and those engaging in transactional sex can receive a comprehensive package of biomedical, behavioral and structural services and assist with tracking and tracing of individuals who are HIV+, post GBV survivors and any beneficiary in need for IUD or a permanent FP method; as well as partner notification.
  • Objective 5: Operate WORTH+ groups in the designated DREAMS project areas to serve as a platform to enable vulnerable young women to engage in positive lifestyles and become self- reliant by involving them in the integrated HIV prevention and livelihoods interventions.
  • Objective 6: Implement routine M&E and assist with research activities as required.

SAUTI ANTICIPATED PROJECT RESULTS

The anticipated results for Sauti project are:

  • Increased and timely use of HIV prevention and FP services
  • Improved positive behaviors and social norms at the individual and community levels
  • Reduced vulnerability of two populations through novel structural interventions
  • Increasingly sustainable comprehensive HIV prevention services for KVP