ABOUT KACON

About KACON

Kigoma Aids control network (KACON) is a registered organization, operating in Kigoma region, at regional level, in the United Republic of Tanzania. It was set up on 09th June, 2004 and legally registered on 21st February 2005 with a registration number SO. No. 13013 under CSOs Ordinance of 1954 of the United Republic of Tanzania.

General Objective

The overall aim of the organization is to improve the quality of education (community awareness) through controlling of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Family plan, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, hand wash and waste management, and social health effects diseases which always cause problems to people.

General Functions

  1. Building capacity of members of the organizations and community based organization.
  2. Provision of technical supports to member organizations and Community Based Organization during project implementation.
  3. Supports organization members in improving skills in project management, human resource management and resource mobilization.
  4. Conduct research and intervention on different problems associated to health problems such as: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, family planning, TB, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition etc.
  5. Advocating legal rights and strengthening duties of Civil Society Organizations in the field.
  6. Conduct conflict resolution among community groups.
  7. Conduct monitoring of activities and programs implemented by member organizations in order to ensure efficiency of services provided.

Intervention and Experience

CSO’s Capacity building in Financial management, Fund raising and Proposal writing.

The project objective was to equip the CSO’s members in improving skills in project management, human resource management and fund raising and resource mobilization. The project was funded by Actionaid in 2006 as a 36 million Tsh was provided to fund the project, the project life time was 1 year. A total number of 56 CSO’s represented by 336 trainees were attended the training. The project of equipping all CSOs members based in 4 districts Kigoma region.

Food for People Living with HIV/AIDS

The project was basically aimed at supporting people living with AIDS (HBC) to obtain nutritious food for their better survival. It was one year project, and it was funded by GTZ Tanzania as a total of 98 Million Tshs was provided. A total number of 806 beneficiaries in whole Kigoma region were adequately reached. The project helped a lot to improve health of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kigoma region.

HIV Act Of 2008

It was a one year project funded Foundation for civil society. It was aiming at provision of education to the community on HIV Act of 2008, basically on the reduction of segregation and stigma altitudes done by the community members towards the HIV infected person. The project came into place in 2012. The project cost was 45 Million Tshs. The project directly benefited about 400 people while indirect the project benefited about 1200 persons.

Communication Malaria Initiative in Tanzania

This project was funded by Population Service International (PSI). The project objectives were to fight on malaria prevention through provision of malaria education. The project was of three years from 2009-2011. The total budget was 65 Million Tsh. A total number of 455,400 people were reached by the program as they become aware of the causes and ways to prevent themselves and others from malaria. Project conducted intended to change behavior of the community members, where by CCAs were used to educate community members directly at the local level. The CCAs worked together with local leaders including, Ten cell leaders, ward executive officers and religion leaders. These activities were conducted in different areas as community groups, faithful institutions and different schools. The methodologies used were; public campaign, group discussion, debate, house to house visit, open mass campaign, seminars and presentation.

The topics focused to raised community awareness were:

  1. The proper use of mosquito net.
  2. The laboratory check-up before taking malaria tablets (not every fever is caused by malaria).
  3. The proper handling of the mosquito nets.
  4. Malaria prevention among pregnant women.
  5. Early intervention of fever by consultation the physician as early as possible.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Implementation Along the Road Construction from Kidahwe to Uvinza

This project was funded by China Henan International Corporation Group Company Limited (CHICO). It was a two year project aiming at raising awareness in protection of HIV/AIDS to both the road constructors and the community along the road for the period of one year (2011-2012). The project successful benefited about 64500 people. The project activities included Community awareness campaign, HIV/AIDS counseling, HIV/AIDS Testing and provision of condoms to the community.

Communication Initiative Malaria Tanzania

This is a current program implemented by Kigoma AIDS Control Network in partnership with John Hopkin University (JHU). The program focuses on the reduction of children and maternal deaths due to Malaria through provision of education on causes, symptoms, ways to protect and treaty malaria in Kigoma region. It is a one year project and it successful benefited about 45000 people around Kigoma rural.

General Achievements

Since 2005, the KACON has managed to achieve the following;

  1. Capacity building to local organization about financial management, fund raoising, project write up and organization management. This project funded by ACTION AID Tsh 21,000,000.00.
  2. Managed to train and work with 100 Community Change Agencies (CCA) who are capable of facilitating HIV/AIDS, family planning and malaria initiative at family and community level.
  3. The organization managed to spread HIV/AIDS and Malaria education to the community to about 567142 people both in urban and rural areas around Kigoma region.
  4. Through CCAs, managed to establish community collective action groups purposely for achieving sustainability in fighting against Malaria.
  5. The organization managed to obtain good collaboration with the government Authorities, donors and the community in fighting against malaria, family planning and HIV/AIDS.

Challenges

  1. Inadequate fund and transportation facilities led to the failure of reaching the community in remote areas.
  2. Lack of tools for public campaign during community sensitization on HIV/AIDS and Malaria. These tools includes: Projector, screen for Cinema show, Addressing music system items, Videos camera and generator. KACON had these tools but now they are old and not function.
  3. The inclusion of children and youth in a general term of community in provision of services while they need special treatment as they have special needs basing on their age and behavioral dynamics.
  4. The community seems to have a little or no understanding about malaria basically on prevention and treatment in rural areas.
  5. Some areas have a lot of mosquitoes due to presence of many swamps and dams which made difficult to prevent malaria through mosquito nets which is the current government method for preventing malaria.
  6. Difficult environment in accommodating volunteers, example food, fear and treatment once they are at the field.
  7. Students and pupils who are greater asset for community development are mostly found without enough education concerning with malaria as well as HIV/AIDS.
  8. Organization Recommendations

    1. Youth and children should be classified separately and receive special care from the entire community in HIV/AIDS and Malaria fighting.
    2. The Government as well as the community and donors put more efforts in spreading education in remote areas than in urban.
    3. The government and donors should now focus on pestsides spray for mosquito control in areas with many mosquitoes.
    4. The organization should be assisted in obtaining physical tools for public campaign and transport facilities so as to reach and managing malaria and HIV/AIDS fighting in remote areas.
    5. The organization kindly advising for other agencies of development in working more with the youth and children both found in schools and those outside the school since youth are the major man power in the community for today and future.






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