Our work in Africa is aimed at developing programmes for rural communities faced with various hardships, and those living with long-term health conditions. In Uganda, we delivered a project in Kiboga District. Kiboga District was targeted because most of the people and communities suffered a lot between 1981 and 1986, as a result of a devastating guerrilla war which left over 300,000 people dead, in crossfire, and all the social infrastructures destroyed. It has a high HIV prevalence at 12-15%, compared to the 6.5% national average. Because of stigma and discrimination, and problems around HIV service delivery, more than 80% do not know their HIV status. Often those with HIV present in the advanced stages of the infection when symptomatic. Therefore, the need for Home Based Care services is on the increase. Over 25% of children in the district are orphaned, due to HIV/AIDS, facing extreme vulnerability, stigma and discrimination.
The work we delivered was aimed at increasing access to HIV Testing as a gateway to universal access to care and support and reducing stigma, discrimination and the fear of HIV. Working in partnership with our lead local delivery partners, we provided services based on strengthening capacities of the beneficiaries to access self-care and provision of educational and psychosocial support to OVC to increase their access to education. All these activities were underpinned by an advocacy strategy aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination, gender inequalities, extreme poverty, improving the quality of life and increasing access to services particularly targeting people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, widows, Orphans and Vulnerable Children and people with disabilities.
Currently, we deliver another programme in Bukomero, under partnership with Bukomero Development Foundation (BDF). BDF is registered local NGO under the NGO Registration ACT registration no. S.5914/6872. Founded in 2003. BDF is a community-based membership organisation, bringing together PLWHA, the youths, women groups, people with disabilities and some religious and opinion leaders. Over the years, the organisation has built an excellent track record across the district around work PLWHA, widows, people with disabilities, OVC, youth skills-development, advocacy and lobbying.