The HIV/AIDS pandemic is a development crisis in Africa, and Uganda in particular. It is estimated that 1.5 million people are infected with HIV and cumulative deaths due AIDS are over 840,000. The epidemic has had far reaching consequences for individuals, families communities and the country as a whole. The most affected group are the youth between the age of 15-35 who are supposed to take on the future demands. This programme aims at enhancing prevention, mitigation and management of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among the youth by:
- Supporting Voluntary Counselling and Testing (V.C.T) Services.
- Strengthening Information, Education and Communication for behaviour change.
- Strengthening home-based care for people living with HIV/AIDS
- Improving the productive opportunities for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
Counseling Services in Naggalama Hospital
Since 1999, the organization has been providing counseling services, in Naggalama Hospital and the surrounding villages, to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization has more than 25 counselors who were trained by the World Vision Uganda, TASO and Mildmay. In 2006, MUMYO signed a protocol of agreement with Naggalama Hospital for collaboration and support of the HIV/AIDS counseling services in Naggalama Hospital HIV/AIDS Clinic and implementing community based activities including provision of home-based care to PLWAs, monitoring patients and tracing of drug defaulters. Delivery of the services is made available through a partnership of Naggalama Hospital, Doctors with Africa-CUAMM and Mildmay Centre.
Support to Orphans and PLWHA
In February 2002, MUMYO successfully mobilized and facilitated over 150 people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to benefit Community Health AIDS Initiative Project. Under this project, the community members could get support from the Uganda AIDS Control Programme based on the priority needs, identified and agreed upon by the beneficiary community members.
Using the participatory methods, the community members were able to discuss their living conditions, to identify the problems and effects of HIV/AIDS in their community and possible solutions to the problem. 144 children (AIDS orphans) and 92 homes for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS received educational materials and food supplies, under the Naggalama Community AIDS Care and Support Project. The materials received included school uniforms, exercises books, rice, sugar and soap.
Training of PLWAs in Entrepreneurship Skills
In 2003, MUMYO organized and facilitated two training workshops, in Kasawo and Nakisunga sub-counties, Mukono District, for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) to acquire skills in entrepreneurship to improve their quality of life through increased household incomes. The workshops were held at Kabimbiri Trading Centre in Kasawo sub-county and Nakisunga Primary school in Nakisunga sub-county on 23rd March and 19th October 2003 respectively. The participants were able to discuss the opportunities available for income generation, the challenges and the possible solutions. However, they requested for more workshops and assistance in the form of small loan (seed capital) to support their income generating initiatives.
Community Health AIDS Project
In 2004, MUMYO participated in the mobilization and sensitization of communities about the Community Health AIDS Initiative (CHAI), a project of the Uganda Ministry of Health. Under this project, the community members affected and affected by HIV/AIDS can access support from Uganda AIDS Control Programme based on the priority needs identified and agreed upon by the members of the beneficiary communities.
The organization successfully mobilized and facilitated over 150 people in Naggalama parish infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to benefit from the CHAI Project. Using the participatory methods, the community members were able to discuss their living conditions, to identify the problems and effects of HIV/AIDS in their community and possible solutions to the problems.
In their action plan, they decided to form a community-based group, in the above names, and elected a seven-member committee to manage the project activities. 183 community members will benefit from the project including 168 orphans to be assisted in their education with scholastic materials, school uniforms and books, and 15 people living with AIDS, to be assisted with food and other supplies as well as home based care and counselling.
- 21 children secured education sponsorship in day and boarding schools
- 34 households, with orphans, were given good quality goats to enable them generate income to support the orphans.
Linked Response Project
In September 2006, MUMYO was involved the Linked Response, between HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health (RH), Project. Linked Response implies how RH and HIV/AIDS programmes could work effectively together to encompass notions of integration, collaboration and coordination but informed actions. The project was being funded by the International Council on management of Population Programmes (ICOMP) and was intended to increase the capacity of selected NGOs in four Eastern African countries (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) to address RH and HIV/AIDS. The Project goals were:
- To enhance the quality of home-based care for PLWHA and their members through the provision of Reproductive Health Services
- Reaching adolescent girls, including married adolescents, with reproductive health and rights and HIV information and services through community outreach programme. Download