Policy Advocacy

HDT’s experience and capacity in policy advocacy has been increasing and enriched with a number of tools enriched and our networking has increased. Our outstanding results in this pillar include:

1.  Supporting decision makers to understand the significance of thematic allocation on HIV funds and to influence the allocation as well as judicial use of the money through HIV budget analysis and results dissemination;

2.  Enhanced understanding of the impact of macro policies on sectoral budget and education of non state actors on the same;

3.  100 youth were trained as ToT on youth policy, and governance and 34 youth groups were formed for this advocacy;

4.  Led the establishment of CSO forum (Tanzania AIDS Forum-TAF) for HIV and health, served as secretariat and see it graduating into independent secretariat with its strategic plan and website;

5.  Influenced mainstreaming of HIV in MKUKUTA and contributing to focus of National Multi-sectoral Strategic Framework (NMSF) in 2004;

6.  Influenced resource allocation from GFATM round eight for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in 2010;

7.  Notably, it has documented an operational research on the effect of nutrition on treatment outcome for patients on ARVs which has influenced the inclusion of nutrition on care and treatment in the current HIV national policy.

8.  Influenced inclusion of family planning as a target in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Mid Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) which necessitates the government to budget for family planning interventions annually;

9.  Influenced increased resources for family planning under which 2011/12 budget for family planning increased by 3.5 fold as compared to 2010/11 budget;

10.  Influenced Government commitment to increase funding from its “own budget sources” for family planning beginning 2013/14;

11.  Influenced increased family planning budget from 0.07% -1% in Kinondoni District and from 0%-5%  in Kisarawe District from their own source;

12.  Has mobilized support from Vodacom company to facilitate capacity building for family planning service providers in Kisarawe District;

13.  Influenced major media houses (IPP media, Sahara communication, Tanzania Broadcasting, Mwananchi Communications, The Guardian Limited, Tanzania Standard Newspapers, Habari Cooperation and New Habari 2006 Limited) to provide airtime and free space to create demand for family planning. 12 senior editors became family planning champions vigorously engaged in policy dialogue on family planning;

14.  Influenced development of National Operational Guidelines for Integration (NOGI) of FP, HIV and MNCH services and revision of 1994 National Family Planning Guidelines and Standards to improve access to family planning services;

15.  Contributed to the established Parliamentary Family Planning Club (PFPC) and Reproductive Health Coalition (11 NGOs) to strengthen family planning advocacy in and outside the Tanzania Parliament and beyond AFP’s life span;

16.  At least 263 people were trained on the SMART CHART Spitfire® approach to sustain targeted advocacy to increase funding and improve policy environment for family planning in Tanzania;

17.  Advocated for development of Accountability Guidelines (spearheaded by AFP and RH Coalition) that allow CSOs/NGOs to access Contraceptives directly from MSD, as opposed to the previous practice whereby CSOs/NGOs got its supplies from District Medical Officers which was reportedly challenging;

18.  Through its technical support, AFP strengthened family planning advocacy by making it a cross-cutting intervention in implementing NFPCIP’s Strategic Action Areas namely, Contraceptive Security, Capacity Building, Service Delivery, and Health Systems Management.

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