The Executive Director organize the 24th Board of Directors meeting which was held at Assemblies of God guest house conference room, it was the first Board meeting held since the beginning of the year. The board sat on number of issues e.g. 1. Fund raising; the board deliberated this issue and decided that the chairman on fund raising committee should begin to come up with action plan to mobilize sustainable funds for outlined projects.
2. Resourcing the organization’s satellites offices across the four regions. The Executive Director was ask to list the resources that the offices will need to function well in the four regions. The Executive Director indicates that all the four offices needs computer s and Hp printers at least two each, cabinets and stationeries.
3. The Executive Director briefed the Board members on the various projects implemented last year particularly on HIV/AIDS and Malaria. Reports on these activities were given to the Board chairperson. The 2014 work plan was also submitted to the Board, and it was deliberated on and finally it was approved by the board. A message from the Board chairperson: she indicate to all the board members to consider looking for funding opportunities for the organization and also advice that there should be enough transparency in the organization’s activities.
TRAINING OF SSRs AND DISTRICTS HIV FOCAL PERSON
The training workshop was to bring all our SSRs in the various Districts and sub-metros and their HIV focal persons together to understand the various roles they need to play in reaching out beneficiaries of the project. Three staff of each SSR was invited I.e. M&E, Program and Accounts officers to represent at the workshop. Ga South Municipal HIV Focal person, Ada West District HIV focal person, Accra Metropolitan Assembly HIV focal person and Ayawaso East and Central HIV focal persons were also invited to this workshop. The Greater Accra Regional Focal person and the GAC Technical Support Unit were also invited to share ideas as to what they want to see the SSRs doing during the implementation
TRAINING OF PEER EDUCATORS
Three days’ workshop was organized for 70 peer educators from six Districts in the Greater Accra Region. The Districts include Ga south Municipal, Ada West District and Accra Metropolitan. Under the Accra Metro, three sub-metro were classified us District s under the implementation these includes Ayawaso East sub-metro, Ayawaso Central sub-metro and Ashiadu-keteke sub-metro. The workshop took place at the Assemblies of God guest house conference room near the Ghana police headquarters in cantonment Accra. The workshop finally got into motion at 10: am, the opening prayer was said by one of the peer educators. This was follow by self – introduction by the participants e.g. name, occupation, organization affiliated to. In attendance were 30 female peer educators and 40 male peer educators, the workshop was to equip the peer educators with the technics of peer education and also to teach them the various data collection tools that Ghana AIDS Commission wants us to use for data collection from the field. Mr. Stephen Geraldo took participants through Basic Counselling Skills in HIV/AIDS, he challenged participants to first know their status; with this first step taken one will have the moral justification to counsel and work as a peer educator. He also talked about the high prevalence data 95% infection through sex which accounts for spread hence the resolve to curb the incidence. He spoke about modes of transmissions, and he indicated that most of the transmission comes through heterosexual intercourse and anal sex by MSM. Mr. James Boamah was very good M&E officer for the coalition of NGOs in health so therefore we had to engage him to train the peer educators on the data collection tools. In fact, he took the peer educators through the SCT2, SCT3, STC5, SCT7, SCT8, andSCT9 the participants were so happy with the explanation concern these data collection tools. The peer educators by end of the three days that they sat in this workshop gave them clear understanding of the work they will be doing on the field and how to administer the tools.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION VISIT TO EIGHT (8) REGIONSHope Care Foundation Executives in collaboration with Technical Support Units (TSU), Regional HIV Focal persons embarked on monitoring and evaluation activities in eight (8) regions of Ghana. Objectives of Monitoring and evaluation visits are to monitor the functionality of the Hope Care Foundation regional Offices and their performance.Also to ascertain the activities performed by the women leaders that was trained under the Orphans project.
Outcome of the monitoring and evaluation activities:Way forward:
Models of Hope are calling for a uniform that they will wear for easy identification and also pleading for financial support to continue with their activities in the ART Centres.Hope Care Foundation will like to use this platform to appeal to various stakeholders and implementing partners to support the institution in fighting against stigma and discrimination and also help revive Support Group meetings.