OUR PROGRAM AREAS
Three program areas constitute the current MARPs Network interventions;
- Creating a Sustainable Enabling Environment for HIV and AIDS Service Delivery for KPs
The responsiveness of an intervention depends not only on its design but the environment in which it is designed and delivered. Cognizant of the negative effects of KP-related stigma and discrimination on health services uptake, often exacerbated by the harsh socio-politico-legal environment in-country, MARPs Network interventions focus on promoting an enabling environment for KP health service delivery and uptake. MARPs Network recognizes that effective advocacy is dependent on; an empowered citizenry, a strengthened civil society and influencing policy outcomes. Thus, in its advocacy ambit, MARPs Network develops programs to (1) identify and remove existing legal, social and structural barriers to KP interventions, (2) empower duty bearers to develop and implement more explicit and inclusive policies and programmes as well as (3) promote health seeking among KP communities.
Specific interventions include; (i) Research and Documentation (ii) Awareness creation on KP unique health needs (iii) Capacity Building for delivery of KP-targeted response and (iv) Advocacy and Lobbying.
2. Strengthening the Network
MARPs Network’s strength lies in the diversity and expertise of its membership. MARPs Network actively seeks to increase the impact of the Network and its Member Organizations towards improved capacity for a coordinated HIV and AIDS response for KPs in Uganda.
Pivotal to strengthening the Network are two critical aspects: 1) ensuring the Network continuously adds value to its individual members by aligning its products and functions with its members’ priorities and 2) ensuring that all members understand their strengths in relation to value addition to the Network. This means that members must be made aware of the value they bring to the Network and be recognized for the same. MN ensures that the net value-add and benefits provided to its members is continuously monitored for growth and expansion.
MN’s strategic approach identifies four elements that are critical for building and sustaining the Network, i.e. (i) Facilitate collaboration and partnerships, (ii) Harness the Network’s expertise to provide technical support, (iii) Facilitate knowledge sharing and best practices and (iv) Facilitate evidence and accountability for results.
3. Institutional Development for the Secretariat
The existence and sustainability of the Secretariat and Network, partly depends on MNS capacity to attract and effectively manage vast resources and programs. The Network thus keenly invests in attracting, motivating and retaining competitive human resources – in right numbers and skill mix; as well as in strengthening the organization systems and structures for effective coordination, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of its programs.