Global Report on Results
Fundraising event promoting environmental work and the involvement of the villagers in Beungsantheung, Laos organised with support from NCA. Photo: Laura Pineiro/Norwegian Church Aid, Laos
Overall goal: Improved quality of life for people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.
In 2015, 41,356 people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) have received care and support through this programme. Several countries also report positive changes in attitudes in local communities towards PLWHA. NCA’s Social Mitigation of HIV and AIDS programme was implemented in the following countries in 2015: Angola, Ethiopia, Laos, Malawi, Thailand and Vietnam.
Local structures carry forward the interfaith agenda in Thailand
The closure of NCA’s programme office in Thailand in 2015 did not signal an end to NCA’s efforts in the country; two newly formed Thai foundations are positioned to continue from where NCA’s programme left off. And they will do so in cooperation with a network of faith-based actors developed through NCA’s 30-years presence in the country.
Over the last 10 years, NCA’s programme focused on HIV and AIDS and the partnership portfolio was reduced to a fledgling interfaith platform. NCA worked alongside the platform to implement several rounds of HIV and AIDS programming funded primarily by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. During this period, NCA worked systematically to enable the platform to be registered as a Thai foundation able to implement programmes without NCA’s support.
In 2014 the platform registered under the name Thai Interfaith Foundation for Social Development (TIFSD) with a strategic focus on HIV and AIDS, strengthening an inter-faith focus in development, and promoting accountability and good governance. Although it took time, their registration was an achievement for NCA’s advocacy work to secure a stronger role for FBOs in HIV and AIDS and development work in Thailand as well as globally. NCA’s accompaniment of TIFSD was intensified in 2015 to ensure it had the capacity, structure and network to independently manage donor-funded programmes following NCA’s exit.
The platform is not the only structure continuing NCA’s initiatives. A new foundation named Think Plus, with a vision to support youth in their self-development, was established by former NCA staff members at the end of 2015. It has also drawn on NCA’s institutional knowledge and networks, along with tools developed through NCA programmes.
As more donors in Thailand move away from supporting international NGOs, the two new foundations aim to attract donor funding available to local NGOs. Think Plus secured their first grant in 2015 and TIFSO has secured grants for three interfaith projects from a Thai Research Fund. The two continue cooperating on concrete projects, and have already piloted an initiative of developing a curriculum for building youth self-esteem. The first workshop was conducted for 30 grade 8 students. They are also running the project Leadership and Life Skill Development to Young Novice together at a local Buddhist temple.
2015 has been a year of phasing out and handing over for NCA’s HIV and AIDS programme as a result of NCA’s geographical focus process, and the fact that the programme will not be continued in NCA’s new programme plan in its current form. Some of the components will however be included under the new Reproductive Health Programme.
2015 saw the closure of NCA’s programme in Thailand, the final year of implementation for the Laos programme, and the start of reduction in presence for NCA in Vietnam. NCA Vietnam prioritised building the capacity of FBO volunteers to provide psychosocial care for PLWHA. In Laos the end evaluation of the HIV and AIDS programme concluded that whilst it had significant positive impact on care and support, there was little evidence on its impact on prevention. The high mobility of the female sex workers meant that another approach for follow-up after training sessions should have been employed for this group of rights-holders.
NCA’s commitment to responsible exit strategies has meant investments have been made in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in 2015, the results of which are exemplified in the cases above from Thailand and Laos. This shift in focus has meant greater variance in accordance to plans. This is reflected in the overview of global outcomes presented below. The focus has been on capacity and strengthening the collaboration with local governments and other stakeholders, including FBOs, to care for PLWHA and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) like in Ethiopia and Laos.
OUTCOME 1: Rights-holders are mobilised to claim equal rights for PLWH at local and national level
Achieved in Malawi where work has been done with relevant stakeholders to inform the public that suspension of ARV treatment is dangerous for people’s health, and encourage people to stay on ARV. This was done after experiencing that healing ceremonies were carried out by people claiming to be pastors for people living with HIV discouraging PLWH from continuing with ARV.
OUTCOME 2: National duty bearers are influence to change national laws and regulations
This global outcome was not selected by any of the countries working on this global programme.
OUTCOME 3: Local and national duty bearers are influenced to provide treatment and care for PLWH
Achieved in Ethiopia and Malawi. In Ethiopia referral mechanisms for PLWHA access to health and other services were facilitated by partners, such as providing health insurance programmes at minimal cost.
OUTCOME 4: Pharmaceutical companies have been influenced to offer affordable medicines for HIV/AIDS treatment
This global outcome was not selected by any of the countries with this this global programme.
OUTCOME 5: Rights-holders benefit from legal, social, physical and economic assistance with a special focus on women and children
Achieved in all countries. In Ethiopia 46 guardians and PLWHA were provided with business management and entrepreneurship training. All of them recieved seed money and started small businesses.
OUTCOME 6: Rights-holders have secured support for healthy and positive lifestyle
Achieved in Laos, Ethiopia and Malawi. In Laos a care and support project ensured that infected children and orphans of PLWHA exercised their basic rights for access to education.Back