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Dar es Salaam Coalition of District Networks of PLHIV

Dar es Salaam Coalition of District Networks of PLHIV

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

DACOPHA PROFILE

DACOPHA is the acronym of “Dar es salaam coalition of district networks of people living with HIV and AIDS” a non – Governmental organization 

DACOPHA was registered on 7th September, 2009 under the non-Governmental organization ACT 2002 made under section 12(2)of act No 24 of 2002 with the Certificate of Registration No. 00003387 dated 23rd September, 7th September 2008. 

 

CONTACTS: -

1.      DACOPHA

P.o Box 60523,

Dar es salaam,Tanzania.

E-mail dacopha3@yahoo.com

 

2.      Chairperson

Mr. Brighton E. Kalinga Mobile +255 754 961 235 and +255 717 767 101

E-mail bekalinga@yahoo.com

 

3.      Secretary -Mr Msafiri Thomas Mobile +255 754 877 409 and +255 717 336542

 

4.      Treasurer –Miss  Isabella Jimmy Mobile  +255 756 965 661

Vision

DACOPHA envisions Community free from the threat of HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination, and which cares for and supports all groups of people who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

 

Mission

To build capacity and coordinate groups of PLHAs through its member networks in order to educate, care and support those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so as to reduce new infection, stigma and discrimination

 

MEMBERSHIP

The membership to the organization is voluntary and for now according to the constitution is limited to only three District networks e.g. KINDIPHA, TEDINEPA and IDINEPHA.  

 

GENERAL MEETING

The General meeting is the top organ that approves or sanctions   all recommendations required to be tendered to it by the Executive Committee.

 

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee comprises of the Chairman, Secretary General, Treasurer, Coordinator and nine members representing member networks. The Executive Committee is responsible for the day to day running of the organization and general administration according to the set out aims and objectives, it is also responsible for all resolutions of the general meeting; it has the powers to employ staff as it is necessary and to appoint a registered Auditor to audit the accounts and Books of the network.

 

PATRON:

His excellence Alhaji Ally Hassan Mwinyi the retired president of the United Republic of Tanzania

 

 

 

 

LEADERSHIP OF DACOPHA:

1.      Mr. Brighton E. Kalinga -       Chairperson

2.      Mr. Msafiri Thomas    -           Secretary

3.      Miss Isabella Jimmy -             Treasurer

 

TECHNICAL TEAM:

1.                            -             Accountant

2.      Mr. Baitan Japhes -     coordinator                 

   

INCOME 

DACOPHAs income is from the membership fees, annual contributions, voluntary contributions from members, individuals and non members who are well wishers and grants from donors. 

 

 

DACOPHA is willing to work with any National/International organization and will adhere to its economic advice in accordance with the project sought for the intended beneficiaries and all DACOPHA projects will be supervised by the Technical team and the entire executive committee.   

 

INTRODUCTION

DACOPHA was founded and established as an umbrella organization for the People Living with HIV and AIDS in the three municipalities of Dar es salaam in 2008 and was registered under the NGO registration Act, 2002 made under section 12 (2) of act no 24 of 2002 and was awarded with registration certificate  No 00003387 dated 7th September 2009. Prior to the registration, DACOPHA operated for more than a year, using MoU signed by all three member organizations.

 

DACOPHA operates in Dar es Salaam region and it brings together more than 120 CBO’s of People Living with HIV and AIDS who are affiliated to its member organizations. The Members forming the coalition are KINDIPHA of Kinondoni District, TEDINEPA of Temeke District and IDINEPHA of Ilala District. DACOPHA has its own constitution.

 

The goal of DACOPHA is to contribute efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS by strengthening capacity as well as providing technical and material support to its member organizations.

 

DACOPHA has acquired experience in undertaking HIV/AIDS programs, and is often collaborating with other partners such as the National Council of People Living with HIV and AIDS, National networks of PLHIV in the country, CVM, the Futures Group International and PACT tanzaania.

 

DACOPHA has a strong team which is experienced and capable of implementing various projects related to HIV and AIDS. DACOPHA has trained its PLHIVs volunteers as TOTs on treatment literacy, Home basic Care, Peer educators, advocacy, counselling etc; It has an experienced project officer and a M & E officer who can manage most of DACOPHA projects who normally works on contract basis.

 

 DACOPHA manages and controls finances through its accounts department which is staffed with competent personnel, it operates a bank account with The National Microfinance Bank Msasani Branch in Kinondoni District. We have a policy of maintaining a Bank Account for each Project separately. Our accounts are computerised using Tally Coll accounting package. We are Externally Audited and our financial and Accounts reports are shared to legible stake holders and partners.

 

TAG Systems Associates – Certified Public Accountants & Auditors and Tax Consultants are our official Auditors.

 

Vision

DACOPHA envisions Community free from the threat of HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination, and which cares for and supports all groups of people who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

 

Mission

To build capacity and coordinate groups of People Living with HIV and AIDS through its member networks in order to educate, care and support those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so as to reduce new infection, stigma and discrimination

 

 

 

JUSTIFICATION FOR ESTABLISHING DACOPHA IN DAR ES SALAAM REGION

Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) since its inception among its methods of approaching the epidemic was to establish effective ways of working with the people living with HIV/AIDS. Working with PLHIVs  was the best way to channel and implement its interventions effectively. According to TACAIDS structure, it is impossible to work with individual PLHIVs. Therefore TACAIDS advised People Living with HIV to form groups wherever they are so that it is easier for TACAIDS to work with them through their groups. Acting according to TACAIDS directions People Living with HIV and AIDS in Dares Salaam region decided to form their District networks which represented all CBOs from the level of wards in each district. Then TACAIDS formed the National Council to oversee these networks. Unfortunately the national council didn’t live long nor did it achieve any thing, it simply collapsed leaving PLHIVs in a hopeless situation. After the collapse of the council, Regional Funding Agencies were formed as agents of TACAIDS to do the funding to PLHIVs through their registered groups.  Deep-seated problems on disbursing funds to PLHIV groups erupted and became associated with these RFAs rendering their existence a failure. Eventually they disappeared in the thin air and left a lot of questions unanswered.

After the collapse of the National Council and then the RFAs, under this hopeless situation the rights of PLHIVs were in jeopardy. In order to give a solution to the circumstances KINDIPHA from Kinondoni District organized a meeting which was held at its Headquarters in Mwananyamala that involved two other PLHIV networks from Temeke and Ilala District. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the failure of RFA, the collapse of the National council and see possible ways of getting their funds and PLHIV’s rights in the absence of the two TACAIDS initiated organizations. Secondly to see how to put a mechanism for managing various supports intended for the people living with HIV/AIDS in the three districts which was in the verge of being misspent due to the vacuum left behind by the two organizations. The participants collectively agreed to the idea and formed a coalition under an interim team which was to work and coordinate the three district networks as a regional apex body with a legal mandate, superseding all the existing three district networks and became their supreme voice and representative of all the people living with HIV/AIDS in the three districts. Under the assistance of Constella futures group (To-date known as Futures Group International) the coalition was established and was named as “Dar es Salaam Coalition of District networks of people living with HIV and AIDS and was baptized with an acronym known as DACOPHA”.

 

DACOPHA has since been established and was officially launched by His Excellence President Ally Hassan Mwinyi the retired president of the united republic of Tanzania. The launching took place on 28th July, 2008 at Moven Pick Royal Palm Hotel. It was on this day in front of the guest of honour the Chairpersons of the three networks forming DACOPHA signed their MoU. It was at this occasion when His excellence was request to become the PATRON of DACOPHA. His excellence the president accepted becoming the patron and hailed the members for their bravely and timely action of forming the coalition amid the problems they were facing. In his inaugural and acceptance speech he emphasised and wished to see DACOPHA expanding its services from the current area to a larger area of coverage.

 

DACOPHA operated for a year under an interim leadership and it was being governed by MoU. To-date DACOPHA has its own Constitution, it is being led by a democratically elected executive Committee of 13 people and is legally registered under the non-Governmental organization ACT 2002 made under section 12(2)of act No 24 of 2002 with the Certificate of Registration No. 00003387 dated 23rd September, 7th September 2008.

 

CORE VALUES OF DACOPHA  

1.      Empathy: The belief that ethical and effective Services are the cornerstones of empathy and that empathy changes the world.

 

2.      Inclusiveness: Embracing variety in the PLHIV district networks, with a commitment to understanding and addressing the shared and unique needs of all members of the coalition.

 

3.      Excellence: Providing the member organizations with the highest quality of knowledge, advocacy, support, news and information, strategic alliances, and related tools and insights to ensure a successful future.

 

4.      Integrity and Credibility: Conducting business according to the highest ethical principles and serving as trustworthy stewards of our resources.

 

5.      Collaboration: Recognizing that we can accomplish our purpose only with the strong support and partnership of other individuals and other groups of PLHIV who share our vision.

 

6.      Service Responsiveness: Understanding that our focus is on our members,  stakeholders and customers and that it is provided in a timely and thoughtful manner, open to new ideas, and exceeding expectations.