Building Wealth with Community Resources

Growing Community Wealth
The Village Savings and Loan club has inspired each of it's members
to start businesses, and given them hope for the future

 

Namibia is in an economic slump akin to the Great Depression of the 1930's, which paralyzed nations around the world. Unemployment is one in three, and youth unemployment is one in two. This economic decline has been exacerbated by the high cost of interventions in the HIV epidemic, and the recent drought that has decimated the fields and cattle of it's rural population. 


The government has made investments in the economy and job training for its people, but these prudent interventions have not yet born fruit. However, Okapya CAG, with excellent training  received from Project Hope, one of our implementing partners on the CAG project, is not waiting for the recession to end, but instead they have been empowered to take their financial future  into their own hands through the Village Savings and Loan program.


At the latest meeting to close out the most recent cycle of the groups VSL, Junius of Project Hope, who has been the group's VSL trainer, recalled how when he first discussed the concept of a  VSL with them, they doubted that the program could ever work for them. ‘We are unemployed, we have nothing, where will we find money to save, let alone to invest’ they said. Now, at the  close of this latest round, each group member received between 600 and 5000 dollars, according to how much they invested in the fund and the groups various projects.


The Constitution of the Okapya VSL requires that each member either continually invest in the fund over the nine month cycle, or borrow from the fund to invest in their own businesses or  income generating projects. Those that borrow repay the loan with interest, which is how the fund grows and members receive dividends on their investments. Each cycle is only nine months,  which encourages members to be active with the funds, rather than sit quietly with what money they have.

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Job Opening for HIV Treatment and Clinical Specialist (Community ART Refill)

 HIV Treatment and Clinical Specialist (Community ART Refill)

The basic function of the position: The program HIV Treatment and clinical specialist (Community ART refill) fill a key role in the community health system management in Tonata. The specialist will serve as an expert advisor and provide strategic, technical, analytical, and management support on the differentiated care models (DSD) including the community ART refills including the supply chain management. He /She will serve as an activity mentor or Tonata clinical representative supporting the DSD activities. The specialist’s work is key to the Community HIV response in Namibia and requires a thorough understanding of the differentiated models of care systems and policies and other related issues. The specialist will play an expert consultative role for the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV relief (PEPFAR) agencies, other implementing partners (IPs), and the government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) on improving the performance of the HIV and broader community ART refill program.

To view the full advert, including the key roles and responsibilities, as well as required qualifications, experiences, skills and other competencies, please  to download.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Kindly submit copies of relevant documents, no documents will be returned upon submission.

To apply please send your application with supporting documents via this email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Or hand-delivered to Tonata PLHIV Network Office, Erf 4417 Lommel Street, Valombola, Ongwediva for the attention HR department. Your application letter should indicate availability and salary expectation, and also submitted documents together with your CV.

Closing date: 18 December 2019 at 13:00, For enquires contact: 065-231979

Interpersonal Communication Training for CAGs

CAG Leaders being given important health information
CAG Leaders receiving important health information

 

Tonata PLHIV Network is now entering into the second year of its implementation of the Community Adherence Group (CAG) Project. This is a joint effort between Tonata, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and USAID to accelerate the formation of CAGs in eight health districts in Omusati, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, and Kavango East regions. The purpose of these groups is to make the refilling of ART medication simple, reliable, and effortless for its members, thereby improving the long term viral suppression of HIV. However, Tonata’s support groups do not just provide easy access to treatment, but they offer holistic support to the members of the group, including psycho-social and emotional support, and opportunities for group income generation.

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Quarterly Review Meeting - Y1Q4

Collaborating at QRM
Collaboration at the Quarterly Review Meeting

 

Tonata held its quarterly review meeting in October 2019 to reflect on success and challenges of the previous quarter, and to develop data-driven strategies to accelerate the successes and achievements that have been made in the first year of implementation of the Community Adherence Group (CAG) program. During the meeting, the district teams presented their respective district performance, and the overall program performance picture was presented by the Monitoring and Evaluation department. Despite the success of enrolling 4446 PLHIV into the community refill program in the first year of the program, this success still left Tonata behind on its yearly targets, and a pressing need to revamp its approach in order to achieve its goals in year two of the project.

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Building Wealth with Community Resources

Growing Community Wealth
The Village Savings and Loan club has inspired each of it's members
to start businesses, and given them hope for the future

 

Namibia is in an economic slump akin to the Great Depression of the 1930”s, which paralyzed Nations around the world. Unemployment is one in three, and youth unemployment is one in two. This economic decline has been exacerbated by the high cost of interventions in the HIV epidemic, and the recent drought that has decimated the fields and cattle of it's rural population. 


The government has made investments in the economy and job training for its people, but these prudent interventions have not yet born fruit. However, Okapya CAG, with excellent training  received from Project Hope, one of our implementing partners on the CAG project, is not waiting for the recession to end, but instead they have been empowered to take their financial future  into their own hands through the Village Savings and Loan program.

Read more ...

Watch NBC's Coverage of the Milestone Event

NBC provided excellent coverage of the event. Watch the full story here

https://www.nbc.na/news/us-ambassador-namibia-johnson-motivates-community-adherence-groups.22962

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