Uganda

The Country Christian AIDS Network Uganda (CCANet Uganda) began as a result of a Situation Analysis Study (initiated and spearhead by PACANet), carried out in Uganda in 2006, which study was aimed at appraising and establishing the magnitude and quality of Christian HIV and AIDS Interventions in the country. The Situational Analysis study was officially disseminated at the ‘Call to Action’ conference in November 2006, which Conference participants were mainly different denomination church leaders and heads of Christian HIV and AIDS intervention initiatives, from 32 districts of Uganda.  501 churches, Para-church organizations, networks and umbrella organizations were respondents, from most Christian denominations including Roman Catholic, Evangelical/Pentecostal, SDA, Orthodox and Anglican Church in Uganda.

CCANet Uganda’s Vision is: A coordinated and competent Christian response for an HIV and AIDS free Uganda and the mission is:
To promote and facilitate networking and strengthen the capacity of the Christian response to HIV and AIDS in Uganda.

The Network has thus far been able achieve the following:

-Held the ‘Call to Action’ Conference to discuss the results of the Situation Analysis that was conducted by PACANet of Influential pool of Stake Holders
-Carried out the six week ‘Human Resource Base Training’, aimed to develop the capacity of grassroots initiatives in the areas of community mobilisation, educators’ training, counsellors’ training and programme development was therefore carried out in 2007
-The CCANet Uganda in May 2007 hosted a Senior Church Leaders’ Consultation, at The Ranch on the Lake, a three-day event, focused on church teaching, policy and practice designed to put HIV and AIDS on the agenda of the Church. This consultation targeted mainly Bishops and Senior Church Leaders.
-In September of 2007, A consensus Building Conference, which assembled a cross section of stakeholders, to discuss the way forward for the network.        The consensus building event, would  become the benchmark for the launch of  the Country Christian AIDS Network Uganda.
-The participants of this conference were the mandating body that suggested the formation of the Network.  The Conference elected a Chairman, and a total of 15 members, ten to represent the 7 Geographical regions of Uganda, and 5 as technical team.
-The CCANet Uganda together with PACANet conducted a four day workshop on stigma and discrimination, for the Western and South Western Regions at the Rwenzori Hotel in Kasese. The Training which will be conducted in the regions aims to explore ways of addressing and demystifying HIV and AIDS, resulting in a commitment and development of an action plan.
-In July of 2008, a ‘Change Agents’ workshop designed to equip identified key, passionate and committed leaders to become HIV and AIDS activists and agents of change within their respective churches, conducted at the Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga.
-September 2009 Regional Consultative/Planning meetings in Eastern Region 1, West Nile Region and Northern Region 2
-September 2009 National Level Stake Holders Consultation at a working dinner at the Serena Hotel Kampala
Regional Activities

The Board of Trustees of The CCANet Uganda in a meeting held in March 2009 discussed Regional based Activities under the auspices of the CCANet Uganda, as a viable strategy towards achieving the Networks Goal. The aim is to get as many Congregations as possible, active in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and resulting stigma and discrimination that is identified as a major setback in the fight against HIV in Uganda. The Board of Trustees will review progress of the regional approach as often as needed.

In the initial year, Consultative Planning Meetings will be held in Eastern Region 1, Northern Region 2, West Nile Region, Western Region, and South Western Region.

The strategic direction and objectives of the regional activities congregational response is to target the grass root communities, mainly through their local churches, and through Networking with other stakeholders in the given communities. This will offer opportunities and challenges for a high quality system of support in the church and community for people challenged by the HIV and AIDS epidemic.