THE ORGANISATION STRUCTURE IN THE COORDINATION OF HIV/AIDS IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR
In line with the multi-sectoral HIV and AIDS control approach and the partnership coordination mechanism, the Ministry of Education and Sports established and streamlined the HIV and AIDS structure and activities. The Permanent Secretary takes the overall responsibility for coordination, but which function is delegated to the HIV/AIDS Sector Coordinator, the Director for Basic and Secondary Education Dr. Y. K. Nsubuga and deputized by Mr. Kibenge Aggrey Undersecretary Finance and Administration. Under the HIV/AIDS structure we have the HIV/AIDS Unit responsible in assisting the HIV/AIDS sector coordinator in backstopping and smooth running of the HIV/AIDS activities.
The HIV/AIDS Unit is constituted of the following staff:
- Technical Adviser
- HIV Programs Assistant
- Office Assistant
The HIV and AIDS Unit which exists to support in building the capacity of the Ministry of Education and Sports in mainstreaming HIV and AIDS at several levels of the sector. The Technical Assistant works with Focal Point Officers and the Sector Working Groups at the head office to ensure that HIV and AIDS are integrated comprehensively in the sector budgets and plans at the head office and other levels of the education sector.
2. Ministry of Education and Sports 5 year HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategic Plan 2011-2015
The sector has developed the HIV Prevention Strategic Plan to guide the HIV Prevention response in the sector for the next five years.
The vision of the sector is to have "No new HIV infections in the Education and Sports Sector.
- Goal 1: To contribute to the reduction in the number of persons in ESS engaged in high risk behaviours that facilitate transmission or acquisition of HIV infection.
- Goal 2: To increase the number of individuals in ESS that access prevention, care, treatment and social support services
- Goal 3: To strengthen the capacity of ESS institutions to plan, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate their HIV prevention programs
- To increase the proportion of individuals in ESS with comprehensive knowledge and skills for preventing HIV infection
- To increase the proportion of individuals in the ESS that consistently engage in behaviours that reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV
- To increase the use of sports and other co-curricular activities in HIV prevention
- To address structural factors that increase vulnerability to HIV among learners, educators, workers and managers in the ESS
- To increase the number of people in ESS that access health and medical services
- To increase the number of people in ESS that access social support services
- To remove structural factors that affect access to HIV/AIDS related services by people in the ESS
- To integrate the ESS HIV prevention response within the sectors investment plan
- To strengthen HIV coordination mechanism within the ESS at national and lower levels
- To build the capacity within the ESS to monitor and evaluate HIV program of the sector
- Early sexual debut reduced by 50%
- Casual sex among ESS learners and workers reduced by 50%
- Multiple and concurrent partnerships in previous 12 months among adults reduced by 50%
- Cross generational sex reduced by 50%
- Condom use with multiple and casual sex partners increased to 50%
- The proportion of ESS learners, educators and workers who have ever tested for HIV increased to 80%
- The % of ESS male learners, educators and workers that are circumcised increased by 60%
- The number ESS learners, educators and workers accessing HIV treatment, care and support services increased by 80%
- At least 80% of the ESS learners, educators and workers exposed to HIV risk accessing PEP
- The proportion of ESS learners, educators and workers infected with sexually transmitted infections and exposed partners accessing diagnosis and treatment services increased by 80%
- Proportion of ESS mothers living with HIV and exposed infants accessing PMTCT services increased to 80%
- Consistent use of condoms among ESS learners, educators and workers during risky sex acts increased to 80%
- PHA support networks at the department, institutional, district and national level established and supported
- ESS departments devoting at least 1% of their total income to HIV and AIDS interventions
- HIV and AIDS education interventions monitored and evaluated at least once every two years to compare progress on the set targets and outputs/outcomes
- Annual reports detailing progress on set targets and outputs/outcomes produced and disseminated to stakeholders
- Effective and well-coordinated HIV response in the education sector