Sauti program is the five year program funded by USAID (2015-2020) The Sauti Project, awarded by USAID to Jhpiego and partners EngenderHealth, Pact and the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Mwanza on 9 February 2015, seeks to contribute to the improved health status of all Tanzanians through a sustained reduction in new HIV infections in support of the United Republic of Tanzania’s (URT) commitment to HIV prevention. The program utilizes new, and/or enhances existing, vulnerability-tailored, high-quality combination HIV prevention; positive health, dignity and prevention (PHDP); and family planning (FP) services for key and vulnerable populations (KVP). Sauti aims that at the end of the five-year project, all KVP in program communities are able to actively participate in a core package of vulnerability-tailored, high-quality, client- and community-centered combination (biomedical, behavioral and structural) prevention services; with strong and traceable linkages to care, treatment and other referral services, along with the active support and participation of their partners, families, health providers, the wider community, URT structures and the private sector. Sauti will directly contribute to actualization of the National Guideline for Comprehensive Package of HIV Interventions for Key Populations as well as the URT’s policies and guidelines for FP and other applicable health areas.
Under the sub-award SHDEPHA+ implement the Sauti project in Msalala DC covering 18 wards. In implementing this project; Shdepha covering 3 key interventions (Biomedical, SBCC and Structural Interventions,) and meet the following objectives:
Objective 1: Conduct community mapping of hotspots, beneficiary hang-outs, and other partners and resources working in the assigned wards/district.
Objective 2: Deliver community-based behavior change communication activities designed to specifically address the HIV and family planning vulnerabilities of vAGYW and FSW and address gender norms in the program communities.
Objective 3: Create demand for vAGYW, MSM and FSW to biomedical, SBCC and economic strengthening services; and assist with tracking and tracing of individuals who are HIV infected, post GBV survivors and any beneficiary in need for IUD or a permanent FP method.
Objective 4: Provide biomedical services to FSW and vAGYW and enrolled into WORTH+ and SBCC groups respectively in all wards.
Objective 5: Support the provision of combination prevention services at resource centers upon MOHCDEG and LGA recommendation and guidance.
Objective 6: Operate WORTH+ groups in the designated DREAMS project areas to serve as a platform to enable vulnerable young women to engage in positive lifestyles and become self- reliant by involving them in the integrated HIV prevention and livelihoods interventions.
Objective 7: Implement routine M&E and assist with research activities as required.