Community Led Monitoring (CLM) is an accountability mechanism for HIV responses at different levels which are led and implemented by Local Communities, Youth Led Organizations and Civil Society Groups that focus on people living with HIV.
Such mechanisms help organizations get feedback on the receipts and caregivers on the delivery of HIV services on Key Populations (KP) so as to improve service conditions through the data that is collected from the communities.
In view of the above, Zambian Youth Platform (ZYP) trained 12 community facilitators in the western province in May 2021 in order for them to understand the importance of CLM in relation to ZYP and its cooperating partners.
ZYP Programs Officer Andrew Simataa Simataa said the scale of the community led monitoring interventions needs participants to understand fully what is required of them, therefore the participants were given hands-on training on the Monitoring Tools that the Western Community Accountability Project (W-CAP) will utilize when time to carry out the surveys come.
“The tools used in training involved opening up the participants to the data collection techniques as well as how to plan for such activities, the participants were exposed to the details of all the available questionnaires varied by stages.” – Andrew Simataa Simataa, ZYP Programs Officer
The tools were mainly focused on the treatment of HIV/AIDS which was shown by recent studies to have a direct impact on prevention and this calls for Community Facilitators to be knowledge especially on the key terms translated in Silozi or indeed the prevailing local language thereby establishing a glossary of such important terms.
And one of the trainees Mutinta Nyambe who is based in the western province said the training was productive as she benefited a lot from the training and it has enabled her to be fully equipped with information on how to implore the different ways of collecting data on people living with HIV.
“There is need for such services in my community because they equip us with how and what you are supposed to use to collect data from the communities and ZYP should continue with such training because they have a direct impact on society.” She said.
She further said there was the need to talk to the communities before the project is rolled out to avoid rejection from the receipts of the services.
The Community Facilitator’s expectations raised at the start of the workshop or training were duly met especially on the understanding of CLM in the context of W-CAP and the establishment of a networking platform for knowledge sharing and self-coordination.
By Mutute Nsang’anyi