Working across 23 districts, Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda (BOCY) is bettering the lives of more than 135,000 highly vulnerable HIV-infected and -affected children and their families.
In alignment with UNICEF’s INSPIRE framework, BOCY strengthens the agency and capacity of individuals and institutions to reduce the threat and impact of HIV and violence against children. The project’s family-centered service models help vulnerable children and their caregivers prevent and respond to the risks and realities of violence and HIV while moving them along a path toward economic and social stability. Collaborative capacity development supports partner civil society organizations (CSOs) and local government to coordinate child protection, health, and education services within an integrated referral network and case management system. And a team of 1,850 para-social workers trained by the project in HIV-sensitive case management delivers the services.
Through complementary DREAMS program activities, Bantwana also builds the agency and assets of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW)– helping them stay in school and act as change agents in addressing negative gender and power dynamics, early marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV infection, and gender-based violence.
WEI/Bantwana is proud to be working with a core group of five local partners (AVSI, SOS, mothers2mothers, AIC, and MUCOBADI) as well as with government and private sector entities in implementing BOCY.
Improved economic and social resilience among families
Improved economic stability for 21,716 families, enabling them to keep children in school, eat regular meals, and access important HIV and health services. BOCY services helped cut by more than half the number of families living in destitution — from 1,352 to 698.
Strengthened positive parenting skills among 66,031 caregivers and adolescents: The project has helped reshape family bonds and communication, reducing the risk of violence and HIV and enhancing disclosure, treatment adherence, and viral load suppression.
Delivered comprehensive early childhood development (ECD) services benefitting 20,172 children under 5 years old, including 4,000 HIV-exposed infants, by layering stimulation activities on to eMTCT services provided by clinical partners.
Improved agency and protective assets among adolescent youth
Built GBV/HIV prevention skills of 53,000 adolescents who have led or participated in campaigns to improve safety in schools, communities, and families
Strengthened HIV-and violence-prevention and response systems