Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU) is the Linking Organization of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA, hereafter known as the Alliance) in Uganda. The Alliance began working in Uganda in 2005 through a Country Office, Alliance Uganda. In August 2010, Alliance Uganda was registered as with the Registrar of Companies as a local company limited by guarantees and re-branded as Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU). Through membership of the Alliance global family, CHAU shares in lessons learned and best practices from 40 Alliance members across the world as well as the UK-based international Secretariat.
With a functional Board of Directors and operational and structural systems in place, the organization is governed by the Board, supported by a team of technical staff competent in HIV and AIDS, SRH, TB, research, policy and advocacy.
CHAU has a local partnership of national CSOs, small grassroots organizations, CBOs, networks and PLHIV groups working to support community action on SRHR/HIV and other health issues in Uganda.
To date, with funding from USAID, DfID, DANIDA, SIDA, the EU and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CHAU has a track record of successfully managing and implementing several programmes. This includes providing support to PLHIV groups and networks in 20 districts for projects reaching some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities with HIV prevention, care and support and improved access to treatment. In these districts, CHAU has implemented project activities aimed at increasing demand for HIV services.
The unique model developed by CHAU involves working with small PLHIV groups at parish level and mobilizing them into county-level and district-level networks, and providing them with technical and financial support to strengthen their institutional as well as technical capacity to deliver services. In addition, through these groups, CHAU has been able to empower communities to participate and own their health and also develop mechanisms for monitoring the quality of the health services provided locally.
CHAU Programs and Milestones
CHAU’s programmatic work is broad and includes;
- Policy and advocacy work to create an enabling environment
- Communication for Health promotion
- Linkages, partnerships and coordination
- Community mobilization and service delivery
- Organizational and leadership strengthening
Our Vision: A Uganda where no person dies of preventable diseases
Our Mission: Empower communities to live healthy and productive lives
Goal: To contribute to health and National HIV/AIDS Response outcomes
- Alignment to Global and National priorities
- Evidence based programming
- Human Rights & Equality
In conformity with its vision and mission statements, CHAU is guided by the following principles:
- Transparency: CHAU will pursue her programme implementation in an open and accessible manner.
- Accountability: CHAU will hold itself accountable in all activities related to the organization.
- Integrity: CHAU will ensure adherence to moral and ethical principles. Consequently, CHAU in its programming and implementation shall adhere to the principles of social justice, fairness, transparency, objectivity and enforce appropriate performance standards.
- Alignment to Global and National Priorities: CHAU will prioritize the actions that aim at reducing child mortality; improve maternal health and halt and reverse HIV incidence and reverse spread of malaria and tuberculosis. CHAU will further identify those actions that promote integration of health services.
- Evidence-based programming: Efforts will be made to capture and utilize information in the implementation of identified strategies. This will ensure that CHAU focuses on realizing its targets as well as adopting cost-effective resource utilization strategies.
- Human rights and equality: CHAU will promote and protect the human rights of every citizen in its implementation of the strategy. This will be achieved, among other things, by supporting capacity building of duty-bearers/service providers to meet their obligations and/or of rights-holders to claim their rights.