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Amref's annual report for year two of the Katine project

Amref's annual report for year two of the Katine project

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Amref's annual report on the Katine project covering the period from October 2008 to September 2009
Amref's annual report on the Katine project covering the period from October 2008 to September 2009

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2.KATINE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS PROJECT
3.ANNUAL NARRATIVE REPORT FOR YEAR TWO
October 2008-September 2009
1.Submitted to: The Guardian and Barclays
Projectduration:Threeyears:October2007–September2010
 Prepared by
:KCPPTeam,AMREFUganda
Contact person in AMREF Uganda
:JoshuaKyallo,CountryDirector,AMREFUgandaEmail:Joshua.kyallo@amref.org
Contact person in AMREF UK 
:ClaudiaCodsi,UgandaPartnershipsManager,AMREFUKEmail:c.codsi@amrefuk.org
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1.......................................................................................................................................................12.KATINE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS PROJECT.....................................................................13.ANNUAL NARRATIVE REPORT FOR YEAR TWO.......................................................................1
1.Submitted to: The Guardian and Barclays..............................................................................................1
Katineisoneof17sub-countiesinSorotidistrictwiththeworstindicatorsforpovertyandunderdevelopmentcompoundedbyperiodsofcattlerustlingandinsurgency.Theprojecttakesanintegratedandcommunitybaseddevelopmentapproachandaddressesthecausesofillhealthandpoverty.Theproject’sgoalistoimprovethequalityoflifeforthepeoplelivinginKatine.Theobjectivesaimtoimprovecommunityhealth,accesstoqualityeducation,accesstosafewater,hygieneandsanitationincreasedincomegeneratingopportunitiesandaimstobuildthecapacityofcommunitiestoengageinlocalgovernancetobemoreinvolvedindecisionmaking. Amid-termreview(MTR)wasconductedinJuly2009.Thefindings,whichwerefedbacktopartnersinaworkshopinSorotihighlightedthatAMREFwasmoreorlessontrack,howevercouldenhancesomeactivitiestoachieveitsobjectives.Anadditionalyearandmoreresourceswererecommendedtoembedbehaviours,handoverresponsibilityandexitfromKatine.Recommendationsweremadetostrengthenthecommunityempowermentandlivelihoodscomponent,increaseaccesstowaterandsanitation,providemoredesks,booksandsupporttoteachers,schoolmanagementcommitteesandpromoteschoolfeeding.Theimpactinhealthdependedalotoncontinuedsupporttothevillagehealthteams(VHTs),moretrainingofhealthworkersandrenovationtotheoperatingtheatreatTiririhealthcentre.ItwasalsorecommendedthatAMREFstrengthensthemanagementsupporttoprojectimplementationteam. AMREFhastakenonboardtherecommendationsintoitsthirdyearplansandisproposingadditionalfundingtoenhanceprojectactivitieswithaspecialfocusoncommunityidentifiedpriorities.Withadditionalfunding,AMREFaimstoincreasesafewatercoveragefrom66%currentlytomeetthe85%nationaltarget.Anadditional48farmergroupswouldberolledouttoachieve100%coverageacrossthewholesub-county.Inschools,allchildrenwouldhaveaccesstodesks,textbooks,betterclassroomsandmanagementcommitteeswouldknowhowtomanageandgoverntheirschools.Workwouldcontinuetosupportvillagehealthteamstoincreasehygieneandsanitationcoveragefrom39%currentlyto75%andthecapacityoflocalgovernmentandcommunitygroupswouldbebuilttoownandmanagetheirdevelopmentprocess.AMREFagreesthatmoretimeisneedtograduallyphaseoutfromKatineandeffectivelyhandoverroles,responsibilitiesandinfrastructureoftheprojecttothecommunityandlocalgovernment.Anadditionalyearwouldallow AMREFtocaptureanddocumentlessonslearntinKatineinordertosharebestpracticewithinSorotiandadvocatefor thescaleupand/orreplicationatnationallevelbygovernmentandbilateraldonorsinUganda. AsofSeptember2009,resultsshowthatprogressisbeingmadetowardsmeetingtheoverallgoalandobjectives.Asummaryofkeyachievementsarehighlightedbelowwithdetailedprogressagainstplannedactivitiesinsectionof2.0of thereport.
 
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In
health
,theprojecthascontributedtoareductioninillness.Healthcentrereportsshowthatdiarrhoeaincidencesfor childrenbelowtheageoffivehavereducedfrom6.8%inSeptember2008to3.7%inSeptember2009.ImmunisationcoverageforchildrenagainsttheeightkillerdiseaseshasexceededtheGovernmentofUgandatargetof90%andincreasedfrom89.3%in2008to95.9%in2009.AMREF’ssupporttoVillageHealthTeams(VHTs)hascontributedtotheseresultssinceVHTsreferpatientstothehealthclinic,supporthealthworkersincommunityoutreachhealthprovision,andpromotehouseholdhealth,hygieneandsanitation.Additionally,theprojectprovided2800InsecticideTreatedbednetstothosemostvulnerabletomalariaincluding1000pregnantmothers,60peoplelivingwithHIV/AIDSand1740childrenunder5yearsofage.In
education
theprojecthascontributedtoincreasedenrolment,retentionofpupilsinhigherclassesandincreasedthenumberofchildrensittingandpassingPrimaryLeavingExaminations(PLE),resultinginmorechildrenbeingableto joinsecondaryschool.Enrolmenthasincreasedsincethestartoftheprojectby17%(from7,531to9,071pupils)duetoanimprovedteachingandlearningenvironment.ThepassrateatPrimary7(lastyearinprimaryschool)improvedslightlyfrom83%to84%from2007–2008.Todate4,025textbookshavebeenprocuredanddeliveredtoall15schoolsinKatine.Consequently,10oftheseschoolsaremeetingthedistrictandnationalstandardoftextbooktopupilratioof3:1and1:1respectively.Schoollatrinecoveragehasimprovedfrom91:1atbaselineto43:1todateinall15schools. Accessto
safe waterhasincreased
from42%atthestartoftheprojectto66%duetothedrillingofnewboreholes,therehabilitationandrepairofexistingboreholesandtestingofwaterqualityin34watersources.Currently50.2%ofhouseholdsareabletoaccessasafewatersourceatanaveragewalkingdistanceof1.5kmfromtheirhomecomparedto2.5kmatthestartoftheproject.Sanitationcoveragehasincreasedto39%from7%atbaselineinhouseholdsandto75%from25%atbaselineinschools.Toachieve
improved income generating opportunities
,theprojectcontinuestosupport540farmersin18farmergroups.Todatethegroupshaveharvestedthefirstdroughtresistant,highyielding,quick-maturingcassavathatwasintroducedbytheproject.Thisharvesthashelpedthefarmerstomitigatetheeffectsoftheseveredroughtthatwasexperiencedin2009.ThegroupsalsodoubleupasVillageSavingsandLoanAssociations(VSLAs).Mostofthegroupshavecompletedtheirfirstcycleofsavings,withsomesavinguptoUsh3.4million(£1,054).ThesegroupshavesharedouttheirsavingsandprofitswithsomeindividualmembersgettingbetweenUsh50,000-300,000(£16–£93)each.To
empower communities to engage in local governance
,theprojectsupportedparishdevelopmentcommitteestogenerateplansbasedoncommunitypriorities.Thesehavealreadybeenintegratedintothethreeyearsub-countydevelopmentplantoenhancebetterplanningandservicedeliveryforcommunities.Whiletherehavebeenachievements,therewerealsochallengesintheimplementationprocessandgapsstillexistthatneedtobeaddressed.Watercoverage,forexamplehasreached66%from42%atthestartoftheproject,butitisstillbelowthenationaltargetof85%,genderequityandparticipationinsomecommunitygroupsisstillachallengeduetoculturalandeducationalbarriers.Challenges,lessonslearntandrecommendationsarehighlightedinsection1.1ofthereport.
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