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