Stakeholder involvement is very essential for success of project as it provides opportunity to share project objectives and expectations from direct and indirect partners and beneficiaries. Conversations at various levels have been held with law enforcement agencies to discuss and draw attention to human rights issues affecting KPs, PLHIV and TB clients. The purpose of this engagement is to solicit for buy-in and ensure that human rights abuses are appropriately reported and addressed by these agencies as well as to advocate for legal and policy reforms and enabling environment that will help reduce human rights abuse against KPs, PLHIV and persons affected by TB.
In view of the above WAPCAS has secured approval from Ghana Police Service to carry out all planned activities with the training schools under the NFM II Project. As part of the collaboration with Ghana Police Service, the PR will organize sensitization sessions with the participation of KP, HIV /TB communities for 7 Police pre- service training schools.
As part of efforts at reducing stigma and discrimination and human rights infringements faced by KPs, PLHIV and persons affected by TB, there is the need to ensure increased collaboration to strengthen the S&D and other HR related training activities in the seven pre-service police training schools.
The PR facilitated the process of developing instructors’ manual for the Police training school. The team members verified existing instructors’ manual for the Police training school, fine-tuned it to incorporate some human rights related issues and is user friendly.
The HIV Police unit will identify and compile list of instructors in Police training schools and organized an orientation session for all the instructors on the updated training manual to be used in the Police training schools.
Another activity that will be carried out per this approval is to Organize ToT for Lower Rank in-service Police/DOVVSU Officers from each implementing district.
This activity is aimed at training selected junior Police/DOVVSU officers as ToT to facilitate a step-down station-based participatory engagement with other junior officers at the district level. These engagement meetings with colleague junior officers will be guided by actions plans developed by the ToTs. It is expected that these trainings and engagement sessions will provide the opportunity for these officers to be more informed and their understanding enhanced in human rights related issues, thereby contributing to the reduction of abuse and violations against KP, PLHIV and persons affected by TB.
Also as part of the collaboration with Ghana Police service under the HR Intervention of the NMF II Project, there will be an S&D sensitization sessions to cross section of Police Hospital Staff. This is important in that, Stigma and discrimination have been found to be the key barrier in accessing HIV and TB related services in health facilities.
Under this intervention area, Ghana Police HIV Program will conduct stigma and discrimination sessions in the Police Hospital. Selection criteria will be developed to select a cross section of staff in the Police Hospital to undergo this sensitization