Strategic Objective: To build capacity, provide services to women and children affected by illnesses and sensitize communities on sexual reproductive health, rights and other preventable viral illnesses like HIV, COVID 19 and chronic hepatitis in North-Eastern Uganda
The ChallengeIn the global effort to end HIV and AIDS, all people of different age especially children, women of reproductive age and adolescents continue to fall behind. New cases of infection still occur at birth, during breastfeeding and in adolescence; and not enough children and adolescents living with HIV have access to testing and life-saving treatment. As a result, hundreds die every day. Millions of people are vulnerable to HIV infection, and AIDS remains the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and young adolescents. Stigma and discrimination continue to impede the realization of people’s rights, including access to essential information and services to prevent and treat HIV.
ApproachAIDI’s approach to HIV is based on three strategies: promoting human rights and reducing inequalities, integrating HIV responses into sexual and reproductive health care, and preventing sexual transmission of HIV. To break the cycle of new infections and deaths, children, their mothers and adolescents and other inadequately served populations must be tested for HIV and linked to treatment. A top priority for AIDI is addressing structural factors – poverty, lack of education and violence – that put people, especially adolescent girls and young women, at risk of acquiring HIV.
Sexual and Reproductive HealthGood sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. They must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. And when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby. Every individual has the right to make their own choices about their sexual and reproductive health. AIDI, together with a wide range of partners, works toward the goal of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning.
Our services include:
HIV Testing services for the general population and Key and Priority populations
Prevention of Mother to Child (PMTCT) transmission of HIV
Support to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
Care, Treatment and support services including;
1. Psychosocial services: adherence counselling, condom/lubricant education and distribution, Gender-Based Violence screening and referral, peer counselling, risk reduction counselling, behaviour change communication, referral for other psychosocial needs not provided such as economic needs and education (especially for Orphans and other vulnerable children).
2. Clinical services: nutrition monitoring, adherence measurement, Home Based Care for HIV/TB clients, Tuberculosis management (for index clients and their family members), Opportunistic Infections examinations, Mental Health screening and Referral to the best services. AIDI has been offering medical and psychosocial services to people infected and affected by HIV/TB since 2012. To date, it has served more than 20,000 individuals and over 10,000 family members through its community and facilities all over Karamoja(North-Eastern Uganda).