Project goal: Health, welfare & SRHR for Key populations in 3 border districts of Uganda by June, 2023.
Project overall goal – End effects.
Key Populations at risk of HIV infection and in turn infecting other individuals work together to claim and fulfil their sexual reproductive & Health rights (SRHR) leading to zero new HIV infections and its impact along Rwanda –Uganda cross border highway.
- Effective Health care services through qualified & friendly Health centres for key populations
- Increased access to ART services including PrEP & PEP among KPs
- Reduced HIV transmissions/infections among KPs
- Increased awareness on Sexual Reproductive & Health Rights (SRHR)
- Increased community awareness on structural barriers that promote discrimination of KPs in accessing Health services
- Increased social & economic capacity among KPs to create alternative incomes to meet their basic needs.
- Contributing to the UNAIDS target 95-95-95 in Uganda.
THE PROJECT HAS 6 SUBGOALS THAT INCLUDE
- Qualified Health centres to offer ART services
- Effective HIV healthcare services (Testing, Treatment, compliance, TB, hepatitis & malaria
- Sufficient Social & Economic capacity for KPs to meet their basic needs..
- Greater awareness of community/duty bearers of the structural barriers that promote discrimination of Key Populations
- Project communication & visibility plan
- Development of partners’ organizational capacity & capacity of cooperation .
The project is targeted for Lyantonde, Kabale and Ntungamo Districts in the 28 health centres
- Lyantonde district: Lyantonde Hospital, Lyantonde Muslim HCIII, Kijjukizo HCIII, Kabayanda HCII, Lyakajula HCIII, Buyaga HCII, Kasagama HCIII, Kinuuka HCIII, Kyenshama HCII, Kaliiro HCIII, Mpumudde HCIII, Kyemamba HCII and Kabatema HCII.
- Kabale: Kamuganguzi HCIII, Kasheregyenyi HCIII, Kamukira HCIV, Rushoroza Hospital, Rugarama Hospital, Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, Kyanamira HCIII, KIHEFO HCIII, Kaharo HCIII and Rubaya HCIV.
- Ntungamo district: Ntungamo HCIV, Rweikiniro HCIII, Ruhama HCIII, Kitwe HCIV and Kafunzo HCII.
Fascinating and fun to work with the cross-border project
Birgit Eiermann is the Swedish project leader for the cross border project, a joint project between Pharmacists without borders Sweden, Kwetu Sweden, OCE (Organisation for community empowerment), Uganda and ANSP+ (Association Nationale de Soutien aux Personnes vivant avec le VIH/SIDA)Rwanda.
In this article Birgit tells about her work as project leader.
– I have been working with the project during one year now and it feels like all involved partners have grown together into a team, Birgit says:
– The cooperation is functioning better and better and we have learned to know each other, even though we have been unable to meet personally, due to the pandemic situation. Working over internet is new for all of us but functions very well.