With Uganda’s HIV prevalence rates on the rise among younger individuals especially teen mothers, we decided to join the rest of the health sector in further spreading the message that HIV is preventable.
HIV/AIDS prevention program contributes to achieving the UNAIDS 2016–2021 global strategy for ending HIV epidemic which is a call to reach the 90-90-90 treatment targets whereby: By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. The 90-90-90 treatment targets aims at closing the testing gap and to protecting people living with HIV who are still not accessing treatment.
Resilient Women’s Organization – Uganda operates a youth friendly health centre in Wakiso district which offers a wide range of youth friendly health services including, HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT), Psychological consultation, Immunization, Family planning services, Antenatal care, diagnosis and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Our combined HIV prevention interventions also targets key populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transgender people, prisoners, plantation workers, Entebbe fishing communities, mobile transport operators and truckers.
Our community health volunteer teams actively take part in providing access to HIV counseling and testing especially for children, adolescents and adults in urban and rural communities where access to such services is difficult. Accessibility to HIV counseling and testing services enable them know their status and all who test positive are referred to health facilities for care and treatment services. We make effective follow to the health facilities to ensure that all HIV positive young girls or women referred for care are initiated and retained in care so as to have complete viral load suppression.
Our positive living group also helps us during the outreaches in partnership with health personnel. Young women especially need to know that they can take positive charge of their own bodies and life’s decisions.
Resilient Women’s Organization – Uganda promotes early infant diagnosis for all exposed infants and works with health facilities to ensure that they access appropriate services. We also conduct community and home-based targeted HIV Counseling and testing services to enable all exposed children to know their status and those diagnosed HIV are linked into care and treatment.
Our unique approaches to community HIV prevention program
- Resilient Women’s Organization – Uganda’s Music dance and drama live shows
- Film plays. Containing all the information young people need to know about HIV so as to make informed choices.
- Community outreaches with live shows as well as HIV counseling and testing services and reproductive health services in schools, trading centers, churches and mosques.
- Annual Memorial Candlelight’s to remember all our dear ones whom we lost of HIV and remind the community of our responsibility to preventive new HIV infections