November 22, 2020
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The Community Systems Strengthening initiative is an approach that promotes the development of informed, capable and coordinated communities, and community-based organizations, groups and structures. Under the initiative HFFG has established strong working partnerships with the Ghana Health Service structure at all levels- structures. Due to this, institutions like the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and the National AIDS Control Program have provided technical support to the intervention which has reinitiated 19,656 HIV defaulters back on treatment and also helped identified 712 positive TB cases and still counting.
November 22, 2020
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Under the Community Systems intervention of the WAPCAS/Global Fund NFM II intervention, 88 TB champions from 33 districts in 9 regions of Ghana were identified and empowered to undertake contact tracing, intensified case finding, DOT adherence counselling, follow-up on lost cases, drug monitoring at facilities, effective documentation and reporting. TB Champions from January 2019 to July 2020, were able to screen over 17,971 clients out of which 523 people from 6991 presume TB cases tested positive after going through TB testing at the various health facilities. Persons who tested positive were put on treatment.
TB Champions are persons who have been cured of TB and have dedicated their time and resources to serve as advocates in their communities to spread information on TB in order to get persons who might exhibit signs and symptoms of TB to get tested and if positive be enrolled on TB treatment.
November 15, 2020
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Title: Psychosocial Needs Assessment of Frontline Workers Responding to Covid-19
To facilitate the development of Psychosocial Interventions to reduce Covid-19 related psychosocial distress and illnesses among frontline health workers and improve access to health care for people living with disabilities including mental disability
Greater Accra and Western Regions
24 November – 8th December 2020
Reporting to HFFG/The PsyKForum Consortium
Deadline to submit Expression of Interest – 20th November, 2020
Scope of Work
Background and Rationale
Healthcare workers are at the forefront of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency response. They are exposed to different hazards that put them at high risk of infection and are likely to experience physical and mental fatigue and stigma. With the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems in Ghana and around the world are working at full capacity, and this increases the risks for both health workers and the most vulnerable populations, including persons with disability who may face further barriers to access the health care and services they need.
The HFFG/The PsyKForum Consortium has received funding from Options Consultancy Services under the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie Project to provide Psychosocial Support to assist health workers to take care of their emotional and mental wellbeing and to ensure they are supported to provide care to people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities.
This Consultancy is to help determined the Psychosocial Needs of Health Workers on the frontlines of Ghana’s Covid-19 response in different settings and facilities within the health system (in the aforementioned Regions) as a precursor to the development of Psychosocial interventions to address identified needs.
Expected Background and Experience
The Consultant (Individual/Institution) would ideally possess:
Payment Terms and Method
This is a fixed cost payment and the schedule is as follows:
Send application and relevant documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope For Future Generations
Odotei Tsui Loop, adjacent Ghana Refugee Board,
Dzorwulu, Accra East
(+233 (0) 303 971 433 / 303 971 435
October 15, 2020
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The HIV situation remains a challenge with an estimated 38 million people infected worldwide as of 2019 (UNAIDS, 2019).
In Ghana, the Ghana AIDS Commission estimates about 342,307 people living with HIV/AIDS in 2019 out of 30.5 million Ghanaians (GAC, 2019).
Despite all endeavors in HIV/AIDS testing and linkages, enrolment and sustaining clients on treatment still remains a major challenge.
The Community System Strengthening (CSS) intervention, funded by The Global Fund under WAPCAS/Global Fund New Funding Model II (NFM II) project and implemented by Hope for Future Generations, seeks to scale up quality HIV care cascade through community engagement and addressing human rights barriers.
This project is being implemented in thirty-three (33) districts in 10 regions of Ghana.
Models of Hope (MoH) are Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV).
They facilitate better client outcomes through the provision of hope and services to their fellow PLHIV using themselves as a living testimony on adherence to medication and living a positive lifestyle.
Under the CSS intervention, 342 MoH have been trained by the National AIDS Control Program (NACP), National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), The Ghana-West Africa Program to Combat AIDS and STI (WAPCAS) and Hope for Future Generations (HFFG). The training provided models with skills to support activities along with the global HIV targets (90-90-90).
Models of Hope undertake community education on HIV and AIDS, risk assessment and facilitation of clients for testing at the facility or community level, identify client’s preference for service delivery, support newly diagnosed clients for early initiation of treatment, undertake adherence counseling and support, follow up on Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) who are not on treatment and lost-to-follow-up.
They also follow up on families of PLHIV who have not tested for HIV and refer them for partner and family-based index case testing. MoH also provides home-based care to bed-ridden clients and ensures adherence to appointment schedules among others.
From January to August 2020, Models of Hope reached over 57,000 PLHIV clients and provided home-based care services to 2,405. Out of the clients reached, 9,000 defaulting clients were identified and re-initiated. This was achieved through different strategies especially, home visits to encourage defaulters to be re-initiated on treatment.
They also use the medium of phone calls to remind defaulting clients about their appointment dates for medical review.
The contribution of Models of Hope has been immensely appreciated by the Anti-retroviral treatment units at the various facilities they have been allocated. Supporting the work of the ART units by following up on defaulting clients allowing the ART team some time to concentrate on the other aspects of clinical services.
They also support in screening for possible TB cases in the facility and refer any suspected client to the TB unit for testing and treatment.
The Models of Hope also serve as treatment supporters to some of the PLHIV clients who visit the health facility.
Using themselves as mentors, Models of Hope go the extra mile to ensure clients are provided with the required care and to ensure they stay on treatment by visiting and motivating them.
They provide home-based care to those who are bed-ridden, carrying out drug pick-up services to clients who for some reason are not able to visit the facility for their medication.
In some facilities, the models are an integral part of the ART management team. They are responsible for picking and filling folders of clients during clinic days.
The Models of Hope have indeed been very supportive in the delivery of HIV/AIDS care. They have contributed immensely to Ghana’s efforts to ending AIDS by 2030.
Ama Nyarko, a Model of Hope located based in Cape Coast is of the view the capacity training she has received under the CSS intervention has gone a long way to empower community members to be in the position to take care of themselves.
“The intervention has helped strengthen the bond between newly HIV Positives and old ones. To end HIV means everyone affected must be brought on board. It is all always a joy for me to see community members interact happily and support each other,” she said.
October 15, 2020
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Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) is calling on the government to facilitate the removal of cultural practices that expose adolescent girls to sexual exploitation.
According to the Ghana AIDS Commission SP, 2020-2024, three in four new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa are girls while young women between the ages 15 and 24 years are twice likely to get HIV.
UNAIDS Data, 2019 also says about 160 young women aged 15-24 become infected with HIV in the West African Sub-Region each day.
As the world marks the 2020 International Girl Day, themed, ‘My voice, our equal future’, Hope for Future Generations in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Cecilia Senoo called on all key stakeholders especially the government to “facilitate the removal of structural barriers such as gender inequality, gender-based violence that make girls or women vulnerable.”
The NGO highlighted cultural practices such as child, early and forced marriage, gender-based violence, poverty, lack of education as contributing factors making females disproportionately affected by HIV, STIs, and teenage pregnancy.
The NGO also called for reforms in “norms that shun discussion of sexuality and reproduction and norms that oppose the provision of sexual reproductive health rights and services to adolescents.”
Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) is a national community-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the health and socio-economic status of women, children, and young people through innovative and acceptable participatory strategies.
October 11, 2020
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The Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), Mrs. Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo, has been honoured with an award for her unwavering passion for upholding the rights and well-being of the vulnerable, especially women and children in Ghana.
Mrs. Cecilia Senoo was presented with an honorary award at the maiden Humanitarian Awards Ghana (HAG), an event held at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra on 3rd October, 2020.
Speaking at the event on the theme “Celebrating Change Makers,” the special Guest of Honour, Francisca Duncan Williams said the Humanitarian Awards Ghana seeks to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s (Ghana) extraordinary individuals and groups who are positively impacting the lives of people, nature and society.
“We believe that in putting the spotlight on these humanitarian efforts, it will not only celebrate them but help build a strong platform for them by giving voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters while building a positive attitude,” said the event organizers.
Commenting on the award, Mrs. Cecilia Senoo dedicated the award to the hundreds of beneficiaries, donor partners and national stakeholders, HFFG Staff and volunteers who have worked with the organization since its inception in 2001.
Other change-makers honoured at the event were Professor Kofi Agyekum of the School of Performing Arts (SPA) University of Ghana, and renowned broadcaster, Oheneyere Gifty Anti of GDA Media.
Hope for Future Generations is a national community based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that has over the past 19 years, been at the forefront of various community interventions aimed at realizing a nation free of discrimination where women, children and young people have equal opportunities to develop their full potential.
Since 2001, HFFG under the leadership of Mrs. Cecilia Senoo has positively impacted the lives of over 2,000,000 women, children and young people including those living with disabilities and HIV across the 16 Regions of Ghana through various interventions like: Primary Health Care, governance and institutional effectiveness, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods.
Since 2016, HFFG has reached over 22,000 young people including those living with HIV, with comprehensive SRHR information at the community level to ensure that they fully enjoy their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and stand up against harmful practices like child marriage, rape, Gender based violence and other cultural norms that affect young people and women.
Through the WAPCAS/Global Fund NFM II project, HFFG has mobilized 350 young persons living with HIV across Ghana, and is empowering them to adhere to their treatment, voice out their concerns and advocate to be included in the decision-making process at all levels. Members of the group have also been empowered with entrepreneurial skills to enable them generate income for their up keep.
In the Western Region of Ghana, HFFG being one of the local implementing NGOs on the Golden Line Programme has supported four hundred and nine (409) women in 8 programme communities to benefit from soft loans at an interest rate of 10% through Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLAs). As a result of the Golden Line Programme, some women have started new businesses like provision/grocery shops, local chop bars, drinking spots, pastries, soap and beads making among others while others have improved on their old businesses.
Mrs. Senoo is skilled in national and international advocacy, gender programming and has over 25 years expertise in NGO management, Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions, psychosocial counselling, HIV and AIDS programming, Competency-Based Trainings, Participatory Learning for Action with strong advocacy skills, project development and implementation.
She was the first woman to Chair the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund. In this capacity, Mrs. Senoo led the HIV, Malaria and TB response in Ghana with the support of the CCM Secretariat and members. She still plays key roles in the CCM and in the response in the 3 disease areas (HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria)Mrs. Senoo is a Board member of the National Population Council and also a Technical Advisor of Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA).
HFFG is the current convener of Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) CSO sub-platform, coordinating the collective action of NGOs promoting gender equality together, with the National Development Planning Commission to achieve the SDG 2030 Goal 5 target.
She is a member of Global Fund Advocacy Network (GFAN) Africa and a focal person for WACI Health in Ghana.