Author: Disabled Organisation for Legal Affairs and Social Economic Development (DOLASED
Consortium Member: Trickle Up Program
Status: Needs Funding Budget: $5390 Collected: $0 Needs: $5390
Goal: to communicate information and protective strategies about the spread of AIDS, to a variety of disabled populations in three Tanzanian communities.
Comment: These populations are not being served by any existing AIDS prevention programs.
Location: Three municipalities of Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke in Dar es Salaam city, Tanzania, East Africa.
Name of project director: Mr. Gidion Kaino Mandesi, DOLASED Executive Director/Trickle up Program Coordinator for Tanzania
Brief Description of the Project Need
We decided to pursue a specific project to provide HIV/AIDS education and to identify strategic measures to slow down HIV infection rates to blind, deaf, albinos, physically handicapped and mentally retarded persons in our society. HIV/AIDS is the newest challenge and public health crisis in our society. It is a fatal disease. HIV infection rates are increasing among the Tanzanian population. Worse still, most disabled people (3 million in Tanzania, out of a total population of 30 million) are totally lacking the knowledge of how HIV is transmitted or that HIV includes them - that they are at-risk.
Lack of access to appropriate information about HIV/AIDS control measures is the biggest problem to them in our society. Firstly, existing projects on HIV/AIDS do not take into consideration these vulnerable social groups. Secondly, communication strategies to disseminate information on HIV/AIDS control measures are different for persons with disabilities compared to non-disabled persons in society. And thirdly, few disabled persons have access to HIV/AIDS information. Thus, lack of awareness and ignorance on HIV/AIDS amongst disabled persons has not been addressed in the national initiatives trying to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We are therefore committed to implement this project to address the above-identified needs in favour of disabled persons.
(a) The main goal is to slow down the spread of HIV infection rates to disabled persons through informing them of a range of strategies for controlling the disease.
Methods of implementing the project goals:
Project duration: six months project
Gidion Mandesi [photo, right]has provided the following information in response to questions from the doctors from the Virtual Foundation Health Proposal Review panel.
1. Both disabled and non-disabled persons can get access to HIV screening and treatment for the associated diseases in some health centres, hospitals and established special Voluntary Counselling and Testing centres such as Angaza and AMREF available in Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke Municipalities in Dar es Salaam, City. These centres can accommodate individuals with particular disabilities.
In reality, there are no special mechanisms identified/established to guide these centres on how best to provide their services to disabled population. They are providing their services on inclusive basis.
Individuals who test positive can get appropriate counselling services from Voluntary Counselling Centres; recommended balance diet and treatment for the HIV/AIDS associated diseases from health centres and hospitals by using recommended available medication; and home care services provided by their relatives.
2. We have chosen Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke municipalities in Dar es Salaam city to be localities for conducting these workshops for the following reasons:
3. We have contacted the volunteer health services project under Care International to give us relevant literature on HIV/AIDS in Tanzania for the advocacy purposes. We have also communicated with the Tanzania Braille Printing Press to prepare in Braille format such training materials they have accepted to comply with our needs pending upon the availability of funds for that work. We have also collected basic materials such as the national policy on AIDS and other literature from Tanzania Commissioner for AIDS (TACAIDS), National AIDS Control programme (NACP), Ministry of Health and from SINAI Trust Fund. We have identified key stakeholders to participate in the training workshop, identifying venues for training workshops and preparing rapid needs assessment including the direct beneficiaries of the project.
4. With regard to question about the cost, the proposed budget is not high. It is reasonable and represents value for money. With regard to costs for transport and daily morning/evening coffee/tea/soft drinks and lunch are combined together in the budget line. The detailed breakdown is as follows: $2 is budgeted for morning /evening tea and coffee with bites for a person. $2 is budgeted for lunch for a person. $1 is budgeted for soft drinks/drinking water for a person each day. $5 is budgeted for daily to and fro transports per a person. We decide to pay such amounts to ensure that every participant should come on time without any delay. He/she can take a taxi from home to the venue of the training workshop. We think that by using taxi transport can be better for disabled to come in time instead of insisting them to use private mini buses which can lead them to come very late in the training venue.
5. Explanation regarding the USD 700 for project analysis are as follows: We have decided to conduct evaluation exercise after the expiration of the project period by using both internal and external evaluators in order to ensure objectivity and learning. Consultants' fees for external evaluators are $150 for the whole exercise. 2 internal evaluators will be involved each one will be paid $50 x 2 = $100 as compensation for their time spent for evaluating exercise. The evaluation exercise will be conducted within 15 days. Daily transport for 3 persons to make physical visits and conducting interview with our stakeholders is $5 x 3 person x 15 days = $225. Daily meal allowances (include costs for tea/coffee with bites, drinking water/soft drink and lunch) $5 x 3 persons x 15 days =$225. Budgeted for this evaluation exercise is $700.
Two individuals who have been aware about the proposal are:
|Costs for conducting preliminary workshops to develop training materials on HIV/AIDS<|
|Daily transport and subsistence allowances for 10 participants: $10 x 10 participants x 2||$200;|
|Hiring of venue 2 days:||$100;|
|Costs for conducting 3 training sessions in 3 different municipalities|
|Stationary for 3 municipalities:||$300;|
|Daily transport and subsistence allowance for 90 participants from 3 different municipalities: 90 x $10 x 2||$1,800;|
|Hiring of 3 venues in 3 municipalities: $50 x 2 days x 3||$300;|
|consultants fees for 3 trainers: $100 x 3 trainers||$300,|
|Daily transport and meals for 3 trainers: $10 x 3 trainers x 2 days x 3 municipalities||$180;|
|Costs for project management|
|DOLASED facilitation up keep of 4 staff members each $50 x 4||$200|
|daily transport for DOLASED staff to monitor project implementation $10 x 4 x 2 days x 3 municipalities||$240|
|telephone, fax, email and postage:||$300|
|typing and photocopying services:||$200|
|Costs for meetings: $100|
|Costs for project evaluation and follow up project outcomes:||$700|
|Virtual Foundation Administrative fee:||$490|
|Total Requested for Project:||$5,390|