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WIND Consult Ltd has four full time, one part time and one volunteer members of staff who are described below:

The Capacity Building Project for PWDs in Mundri, South Sudan, May 2014.
  Client: Sudan Evangelical Mission (SEM)
The Capacity Building Project for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Mundri, Western Equatoria State, was implemented by Sudan Evangelical Mission (SEM) with funding from DFID through Scottish International Catholic Aid Fund (SCIAF). The project had seven outputs that were delivered through Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). The expected outputs were improved health and greater access to rehabilitation, access to education by children with disabilities, change in community attitude and behavior towards PWDs, improved livelihoods, empowerment of PWDs and dialogue with government for greater space for PWDs. The project was implemented from 2009 to 2014. SCIAF identified WIND Consult Ltd to carry out the end project evaluation, an exercise undertaken in May 2014.

  Client: Ministry of Health, Uganda
Health workers form a fundamental component of a healthcare system. This document presents the report on the situational analysis for human resources for eye health in Uganda. The purpose of the situational analysis was to find answers to key questions pertaining to the current situation of eye health workers, training institutions, partnerships, human resources for health policies, strategies and practices that affect and impact health workers; migration of eye health workers and the interventions required for the development of the eye health workforce in order to achieve Vision 2020 Goal in Uganda.

SCIAF South sudan 2014   End Project Evaluation of the Capacity Building Project for PWDs in Mundri, South Sudan.

Sightsavers 2014   Uganda Human Resources For Eye Health Situational Analysis.

UCC 2013   Adaptive Technologies for Hearing and Visually Impaired Persons in Uganda.

Trachoma Action plan 2012   National Strategic Plan for the elimination of blinding Trachoma

Client: Ministry of Health

Trachoma is the largest infectious cause of blindness affecting people living in most poor areas of the world. The Ministry of Health with partners are trying to mainstream trachoma prevention in the National Programme on Neglected Tropical Diseases through elimination of blinding trachoma for improved quality of life of individuals. One of the interventions to eliminate trachoma is through promotion of personal hygiene, improving access to clean water and promotion of environmental sanitation. This strategic plan agues line ministries like of Water and Environment Protection through its Water Sector Strategic Investment Plan to increase the hardware required for universal access to safe water by 2025 while the Health sector engages the community for behavioral change.
The plan aims at;
• Reducing active disease(trachoma follicular) in children aged 1-9 years to less 5%
• Reduce the trichiasis (TT) burden to less than 1/1000of the total population.
• Increases face washing and environmental sanitation activities to significant levels that break and prevent trachoma transmission. The above will be achieved through intergration of distribution of drugs and partnership in provision of tetracycline and community mobilization.

Documentation for CBR stakeholders in Zambia 2012   Documentation for Community Based Rehabilitation Stakeholders Zambia

Client : Government of Zambia

The Government led CBR programme in Kazungula and Livingstone districts, with support from the Documentation and Research Project organized a five-day workshop to train stakeholders in CBR on planning, monitoring and documenting CBR. Having found gaps in documentation, the Zambia CBR programme organized the training in documentation in order to build the capacity of stakeholders to effectively document CBR processes, experiences and outcomes. The training was to equip participants understand the importance of systematic documenting CBR processes and outcomes with the concrete steps and technics involved. The training covered result based planning, monitoring systems and tools, developing and using qualitative and quantitative result indicators, most significant story a qualitative monitoring method, writing a document and collecting evidence for documents After the facilitators recommended the following for future trainings; Participants to be of the same education backgrounds. Again the training should concentrate on result based planning and monitoring and include exercises from local CBR plans, MIS and reports. There is need to hold training differently in the different districts level on writing skills to produce high quality articles.

Zambia Training of CDAs 2012   Training for Community Development Assistants (CDAs) held from 11th to 15th June 2012 at government hostel in Livingstone in Zambia.

Client: Government of Zambia
Funded by: Norwegian Association of the Disabled

The purpose of the training was to equip Community Development Assistants (CDAs) with knowledge and skills to enable them participate effectively and efficiently in the implementation of Community Based Rehabilitation for better quality of life of persons with disabilities in Livingstone and Kazungula districts. The training was participatory where participants had an opportunity to explore issues by themselves and at the end of the training they were able to agree on their roles and way forward basing on knowledge and acquired skills during the training. The daily and the end of training evaluations was clear evidence that participants appreciated the training and were ready to practice knowledge and skills acquired into practice and looking forward to acquiring more skills to help uplift the status of persons with disabilities in Zambia.

Malawi Training of Trainers 2013   Training of Trainers in Disability Mainstreaming

Client: Ministry of disability and elderly affairs.
Funded by: CBM and NADS.

Malawi has legal and policy provisions in favour of disability-inclusive development but there are significant gaps between policy provisions and delivery of programs. These gaps are manifested in: lack of a national disability action plan due to uncoordinated delivery to persons with disabilities. This has resulted in minimal participation through self representation by persons with disabilities in development. The purpose of National Disability Mainstreaming Strategy was to facilitate a systemic approach to mainstreaming disability across sectors to integrate government’s development agenda. The main target group of the strategy will be sectoral government ministries, selected districts, departments, institutions, parastatals and DPOs. The main objectives of the training were to develop a national disability mainstreaming strategy with all stakeholders, review sectoral policies and programs to identify existing challenges, propose strategies and specific activities that would promote disability mainstreaming. The way forward after the training was to mobilise 7 top district officials from 3 districts to join together for a two day workshop followed by a one day sensitisation for the whole of District Executive Committee. The Trainers need further skills in budget tracking and budget analysis. Every mainstreaming team should have at least one person with disability in the spirit of ‘nothing for us without us’.

Malawi empowerment
Inclusive Education in Sudan   Baseline Study on the situation of inclusive education in Yei and Mundri counties of South Sudan

Clients: Government of Southern Sudan
Funded By: European Commission

The government of South Sudan together with Several NGOs has put in place legislative measures and policies to promote education and specifically to address the education of children with disabilities. WIND Consult was contracted to carry out a baseline survey on the situation of inclusive education in Yei and Mundri. The overall objective of the survey was to establish and document data on the status of inclusive education, disability, social and demographic situation in those counties. Different methods of data collection were utilised: semi-structured questionnaires, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, non-participatory structured observation and document analysis. The survey found out that primary school enrolment is still extremely low and worse in the rural areas with poor teacher: pupil ratio. However the high dropout of children with disabilities was the same as those without disabilities. Epilepsy was the most common disability found affecting a third of the children with disabilities associated with other learning and or physical disability.

ODW program evaluation 2012   Midterm Evaluation of the Deaf Youth Empowerment Project. An ODW /Signo/UNAD Project.

Client: Uganda National Association of the deaf
Funded By : Norwegian Association of the Blind

Uganda National Association of the Deaf and the Signo foundation in Norway signed a four year partnership agreement in 2010 with the aim of empowering Deaf youth and engaging them in livelihood activities in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi and Mukono. The project is funded by Operation Day’s Work, Norway. The objectives of the project are to improve communication for deaf youth, increase access to secondary and higher education, build the capacity of UNAD to advocate for rights of the Deaf and to improve the economic wellbeing of the Deaf youth. WIND Consult was contracted to carry out a midterm evaluation to find out if the program is on course in relation to its objectives. The MTR found out that a progress in accessibility of higher and secondary education and sign language training. The livelihood project has increased income for individual Deaf persons, however, its content and approach need to be reviewed and fashioned to the needs of Deaf youth. However and relatively less progress in the business and advocacy on human rights of the deaf was realized. The most vulnerable Deaf youth i.e. the illiterate and young girls have not benefited because the project does not address the reasons for their marginalization.

ODW Program evaluation 2012   External Mid-term Evaluation Report Young Persons Advocacy for Quality Education in Uganda UNAB/ODW Education of the Visually Impaired Youth Project (2010 – 2014)

Client : Uganda National Association for the Blind Funded by: Atlas Alliance
In August 2012, UNAB and NABP commissioned an External Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) of the ODW Project launched in May 2010 and supported by ODW funds until 2014. The project is targeting 10 schools in 6 districts of Nebbi, Arua, Moyo, Gulu, Lira and Apac with an intension of expanding to other districts after 2014. The mid-term evaluation was conducted in one secondary out of two, and two primary schools out of eight. The evaluation was intended to establish project relevance with reference to progress made to date, evaluate project direction, identify necessary adjustments for the successful completion of the second half of the project (2013-2014). It also sought, to assess risk factors and sustainability. The MTR found that majority of the partially sighted were girls. It was also revealed that an improvement in teaching and learning among the partially blind had improved.This increased the use of brails and enrollment increased to.

SIA Strategic Plan 2012   Spinal Injury Strategic Plan July 2012-June 2017. Empowerment & Inclusion

Client: Spinal Injury Association of Uganda (SIA)

Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) was started in 2003 to unite Persons with Spinal Injuries (PwSI) to enable them demand for their rights however, the secretariat, failed to mobilize PwSI across the country. SIA therefore found it necessary to develop a strategic plan that would expand mobilization to the whole country as well as empower each member individually and in groups to demand for their rights and participate in development opportunities around them and also change the organization from a service provider to a strong advocacy voice that had similar agenda to the rest of the disability movement. The plan was developed in a highly participatory approach. Challenges and possible solutions from PwSI were synthesized into a discussion paper presented at a brain-storming meeting organised to develop the plan. The goal of this strategic plan is to transform SIA into a strong, sustainable organization that successfully advocates for the needs of its members and for the disability movement at large The strategic plan will be implemented over a five year period with most activities implemented simultaneously with the exception of construction of the transit centre which is scheduled for years two and three. A midterm and final term evaluation will be carried out in third year and fifth year respectively.

Evaluation of project, ‘Making poverty reduction inclusive’. 2012   Project: Evaluation of Comic Relief support Project 2006-2010. Making poverty reduction Inclusive.

Client: Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International

ADD is a UK-Based International development organization with strategies to end the exclusion, poverty and discrimination that disabled people face in developing countries. This evaluation process reviewed the Comic Relief funded programme, under the Strategic Grant 2006-2010, which has supported work in Uganda aimed at strengthening the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU).Various approaches are used to ensure the equal participation of people with disabilities and how to include disability in development processes. The study was undertaken with the aim of assessing ADD International’s Programmes in Uganda and to make recommendations on how ADD International’s contribution can continue to add value. The study found that some of the targeted districts had made considerable progress in mainstreaming PWDs in poverty reduction programmes. The critical factors were leadership of the Disabled People’s organisation and the presence of a focal point to write proposals for the organisations and disabled people’s groups.

Adoptive Technology for hearing visually impaired 2011   Adaptive technology for hearing and visually impaired for mobile Phones and internet communication towards greater inclusion of Persons with disabilities

Client: Uganda Communications Commission

Communication technology has made great advances and has become a critical entity for socioeconomic and political development of individuals, communities and nations. In developing countries in particular, the use of mobile phones and internet has become an integral part of our everyday life. The rationale for the assignment was to identify factors affecting access to mobile phones and internet by the Hearing and Visually Impaired (HVI) in Uganda so that Uganda Communication Commission could provide a framework for their greater access to this communication media. The study found that the blind and the Deaf have different barriers that greatly limit communication using mobile and internet. This has led to loss of economic opportunities and limited participation in social and political activities.

Community eye care 2010   Evaluation of Sightsavers-supported district comprehensive eye care programme in Bunyoro Region
Sightsavers was completing a third five-year project in the districts of Kibaale, Hoima and Masindi (before the 2010 district sub-division). WIND Consult Ltd employed qualitative methods to carry out the assignment. The project had achieved 80% of its target, however, it was affected by change of strategy mid way the project cycle and staff attrition. The components for blind people’s organisations, health care and education performed much better than the community development component. The review identified strategies for aligning the next programme to the new Sightsavers global strategy as well as promoting sustainability.

Education & Employment of youth 2010   Baseline survey on education and employment of Young PWDs

Client: National Union of Disabled People of Uganda(NUDIPU)
This baseline was in preparation for a youth project that was to be implemented in nine districts in central, northern and western regions of the country. Two districts from each region were purposively selected and 314 PWDs interviewed using a questionnaire. Analysis was carried out on 301 questionnaires. The study found low access to education especially secondary. It also found that the proportional enrolment of pupils with disabilities at the primary level is declining. The significant factors affecting enrolment are disability type and school fees. Regarding employment, disability type greatly affected employment with the blind being the most vulnerable. The deaf who were educated still ended up doing menial work while the educated blind were teachers. Employers are not aware of the potentials and advantages of employing disabled people. The full report can be found on the NUDIPU website.

Reproductive Health & rights 2009/10   Baseline survey on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women with disabilities

Client: National Union of Women with Disabilities in Uganda

WIND used qualitative and quantitative methods for this assignment which was carried out in 2 districts of Kamuli and Mpigi. Sub-counties were purposively selected (future project areas) and parishes randomly selected. Within each parish women who fulfilled the criteria were identified by asking disabled women councillors. All disability types were included in the study. Research assistant were PWDs. The baseline found very low access to RH services by women and girls with disabilities and extremely high levels of sexual abuse including rape and very little legal redress. The most vulnerable disabilities were found to be the mentally ill and the slow learners. The full report is available on the NUWODU website.

Directory of disability services and Organisations 2010   Development of a Disability Services Directory

Client: USDC

WIND and USDC listed organisations that could be included in the directory. A tool was developed to collect the information. It was distributed through email and through post. Response was better through post than through email. The low response prompted WIND to change strategy and visit organisations in Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, Kabale, Mbarara and Fort Portal while USDC offices collected data from Gulu, Arua and Soroti. The information was compiled into a directory ready for the publisher and a CD directory.

Conflict & disability 2010   Review of project ‘Meeting the Practical Needs of Disabled People Displaced by Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa’

Client: Motivation UK

Motivation UK and Gulu Disabled People’s Union implemented a project that aimed at meeting the needs of persons with spinal cord injury in post war settings. The project was implemented during mobilisation of displaced people from camps to their original or new homes. The review included an organisation that had been trained and mentored to include persons with disabilities and support the project had given to individuals with spinal cord injury. Qualitative methods were used to collect and analyse data and secondary analysis of MIS data was done. Persons with mobility challenges, their families and leaders of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) were interviewed. District technical and political leadership was also interviewed. Extensive enquiry was made in the organisation that was selected to include disability. Review of training guidelines, trainers and trainees was made. The project had great impact on improving the lives of persons with spinal injuries and their families, building capacity of DPOs and developing training material.

Advocacy Strategy   Developing of an Advocacy Agenda & Work Plan for the Disability Fraternity in Uganda

Client: Action on Disability and Development

WIND was contracted to facilitate the disability fraternity through a review of their advocacy strategy and to develop a two year plan to push the strategy forward. The review noted continued fragmentation of efforts. The new strategy addressed health, peace and recovery from conflict, policies and laws, agriculture, employment, ICT and education, physical accessibility and social support.

Community Based Rehabilitaton 2009   Evaluation of CBR programmes

Client: Norwegian Association of the Disabled (NAD)

The evaluation covered four of the six CBR programme districts in Malawi and found that CBR was holistically implemented including the five components of CBR. It was mainstreamed in Government and evidence showed linkage between the disabled people and existing development government and NGO initiatives. CBR was not decentralised to districts but neither had the Government decentralised services to the disabled. The strong inter-sectoral collaboration at community and district level was not demonstrated at the national level.

Guidelines for Policy implementation 2009   Guidelines for Implementation of the National Policy on Disability

Client: Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development & Norwegian Association of the Disabled

The guidelines provide direction for implementation of the National Policy on Disability in Uganda. The guidelines address all sectors and start with the community to the national level. Although they are based on the policy, the consultant made sure (as required in the TOR) the guidelines are in tandem with the convention on the rights of PWDs. Draft guidelines were developed which were discussed with stakeholders through three cycles of meetings and editing. The aim was to make the guidelines realistic, practical and applicable to real life situations in Uganda. Due to strained resources, the guidelines were not verified by specific ministries whose staff failed to turn up for stakeholder meetings.

Community Based Rehabilitation 2009   Baseline Survey of Disability in Western Equatoria, Sudan

Client: Sudan Evangelical Mission

The aim of the assignment was to establish baseline indicators for the second phase of the CBR programme. This was an extremely difficult task since we had to use qualitative methods combined with secondary review of data. The Government data was not as comprehensive as required. The survey found medical referral services were 300 km away in Juba, there was little special education. One school had initiated special education after training by SEM while others had not grasped the concept. The disabled have been facilitated to form groups for IGA and largely not marginalised by their families. The disability profile is very different from most developing country profiles with 30% blind, 30% epilepsy (nodding disease), 30% physical & 10% others.

Strategic plan 2009   Strategic plan for wheelchair service in Uganda Client: Ministry of Health
WIND facilitated the development of an intersectoral Government led strategic plan for wheelchair production, distribution, training of users, repair, quality control and human resource development. If implemented, the strategy will reach 50% of people who require wheel chair with a comprehensive package of services.

Management Information Systems 2008   Functional Assessment of the Health Management Information system (HMIS)

Client: Ministry of Health and Belgium Technical Coorporation

An assessment of the functionality of the health management information system was carried to describe its functionality, identify enabling and hindering factors, document good practices and to make recommendations for behavioural change among HMIS collector and users. Ten out of eighty districts were selected basing on their performance on the 2007/08 league table with regards to HMIS and other indicators. Five strong districts and five weak districts were selected from four regions of Uganda. Qualitative tools were developed for data collection from community health workers, records clerks, HMIS focal persons at various levels in government, private and private not for profit health facilities. Data was also collected from district planners and secretaries for health. Health workers and heads of health facilities were also interviewed. The study found the HMIS was perceived as very important, a number of parallel programme based systems were running, availability of printed data forms was a challenge, data was not collected from the private sector thus skewing information and utilisation of data at collection points was low except in PNFP facilities.

IV & AIDS 2008   Development of an AIDS Community Kit for Community Level Workers

Client: Entebbe Women’s Association(EWA)

WIND was requested to develop a list of a kit for community workers to use during home visits to clients with HIV and AIDS. The kit was to include necessities that the AIDS project could provide to PLH. WIND listed organisations that were carrying out community outreach and home visits to PLH. The organisations’ lists of community home-based packages were compared with EWA’s strategy and capacity of community workers. A kit was developed that met the needs of PLH and the capacity of EWA. Recommendation was made to EWA to link with an organisation that could provide referral backup in very sick individuals.

Inclusive audit 2008   Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Return, Recovery and Development Programmes in Gulu and Amuru Districts, Uganda. A baseline study for the internally displaced disabled People (IDDP) Project for Gulu Disabled People’s Union (GDPU)

Client: Motivation UK

A pre-developed tool for measuring inclusion was modified by PWDs in Gulu and Amuru districts. The tool covered organisations’ policies, programmes, and community implementation strategies, tools for data collection, Information, Education and Communication material and methods and staff attitude. The tool was then applied to 24 development organisations that were involved in post war recovery and development. An inclusion profile of the organisations was made. Of the 24 organisations, only the disabled people’s organisation was inclusive and even this had gaps. Many organisations felt they were including PWDs until the audit was done.

Water and sanitation 2008   An assessment of the impact /progress of the Hygiene Promotion Activities at community level and identification of the strength, weaknesses and recommendations for future projects.

Client: America Refugee Committee(ARC)

WIND Consult Ltd using qualitative and quantitative methods, evaluated the water and sanitation project implemented by ARC in two Counties of Kajo Keji and Magwi in Western and Central Equatoria States respectively. Three Payams in each county were purposively selected and two Bomas randomly selected from each Payam. Data was collected from 240 community members. Qualitative data was collected from community leaders, water source committees, Payam, County and State leaders as well as other stakeholders in water and sanitation. The assessment found much progress had been made by ARC in improving access to safe water and promoting home-based hygiene with Kajo keji being more advanced then Magwi.

Nurse training 2008   A feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Nursing Training School at St. Frances Hospital, Nyenga
Client: St. Frances Hospital, Nyenga

This assignment was three in one. WIND carried out the feasibility study which showed the need for nurse training, the availability of students for decades to come and the availability of tuition fees from Government, civil society organisations and the private sector. WIND then developed a fundraising proposal/business plan for renovation of the school infrastructure, construction of new buildings, establishment of the course including the required human resource, training material and library. Lugazi diocese under which St. Francis hospital operates successfully raised the funds and the school is fully established. The third aspect of this assignment was to prepare a submission for accreditation of the school to Ministry of Education and Sports and by the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council. All the three were successfully completed and Nyenga is training comprehensive nurses an important resource for the health of people of Uganda.

Low Vision Guidelines 2007   Guidelines for Provision of Low Vision(LV) Services in Uganda Client: Ministry of Health.
This assignment involved extensive document review and interviews of stakeholders in eye care, teachers of the blind and community development workers. Disability policies, research papers and eye care strategies were studied. A draft guideline was developed which was reviewed several times by stakeholders and global experts on low vision until the final draft. The LV guidelines provide direction to service providers for holistic referral and spell out the role of each professional.

Community based
health care 2007
  Evaluation of comprehensive eye care programmes.
Client: Sightsavers Evaluation of comprehensive eye care programmes.

Sightsavers required an evaluation of the comprehensive eye service in Teso region. The review covered three districts of Soroti, Kaberamaido and Kumi using qualitative methods and secondary analysis of existing data. The scope of the assessment included the health, education and community development sectors. Data was collected from recovered patients, blind people, their families, blind children, school for the blind and integrated schools, community development workers, health facilities at various levels and district technical staff and politicians. Capacity was found to have been developed for identification, treatment, referral and education of affected persons. Training in orientation and mobility was established and some blind people had been facilitated to start an IGA. The major challenge facing the project was the high level of dependency on Sightsavers by both Government, NGOs and CBOs. .