Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. Although many advancements have been made to treat HIV and prevent AIDS-related deaths, it still remains a major public health issue, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This video, featuring a father in Zambia, shows the toll the disease takes on families, including many who live in communities supported by ChildFund. He speaks about creating a memory book for his children, showing what he has experienced during his life. They’re his memories, but the book is meant to preserve his memory as well, in the case of his death. Take a moment and watch, and find out more about HIV and AIDS, as well as what you can do to help.
By ChildFund Uganda staff
ChildFund and its local partners in Uganda made a concentrated effort to increase HIV and AIDS interventions in the past year, setting three primary objectives:
- Make significant contributions to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
- Improve access to care and treatment for children living with HIV and AIDS.
- Strengthen the existing district health care system to ensure effective delivery of HIV and AIDS services.
Expectant mothers and their husbands attend a prenatal care training session, which includes HIV and AIDS counseling and education services, in Agago district in northern Uganda.
To effectively deliver quality HIV and AIDS programs to the target populations, ChildFund is taking an integrated approach to service delivery in Uganda. We are working within existing programs including maternal and child services, health care and immunization.
Last year, we made considerable progress toward those goals, including
- comprehensive training for 28 health workers in four districts on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
- a fully equipped maternity unit constructed in Kitgum district
- 7,800 pregnant mothers accessing HIV counseling and testing
- 8,100 children tested for HIV, with 72 percent of children who tested positive receiving appropriate treatment
- more than 350 HIV-affected households supported with income-generating activities
- 160 health volunteers trained and engaged in community mobilization and follow-up for HIV-positive patients
- more than 100 local and religious leaders selected and trained on their roles in promoting HIV and AIDS prevention services.
A newly constructed maternity ward at Akuna Labor Health Center III in Lagoro Subcounty in Kitgum district now offers HIV and AIDS interventions.