1. Accelerating epidemic control in Kasese from 04/2019 to date;

The USAID’s Accelerating Epidemic Control in the Fort Region implemented in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and Children’s Foundation, RCRA serves over 1504 orphans and vulnerable children in Kasese who living with HIV, with 4 core program areas which include health/psychosocial support and basic care, Economic Strengthening through vocational training and apprenticeship including income generation activities, Food and Nutrition Security, Educational support through scholarships, working the facility ART clinics, we have formed community drug distribution groups to keep clients of treatment and achieve viral load suppression, these have been even more helpful during COVID19 to keep clients of ART, mapped pregnant women for antenatal visits and tracking to improve 4th visit attendances, established kitchen gardens to improve household nutrition security and reduced spending on market vegetables.

The main objective of this project is to accelerate HIV/AIDS epidemic control in the Fort Portal region; this project also strives to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals. These goals state that by 2022; 95% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 95% of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; 95% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Involved; Identifying people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Index client contact tracing; linking individuals to antiretroviral therapy (ART) services; supporting adherence to and retention on treatment.HIV Positive children are further supported with school fees to access high quality education and education needs.

 

2. Ugandan Grandmothers Programme, Kasese, Uganda: Project period: 01/2019- to date; Supported by Dr. Carmel Gallagher Ireland .

The overarching aim of this programme is to develop integrated supports for grandmothers in Uganda who are caring for children and grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. An additional objective of this programme is to educate 800 households of grandmothers caring for HIV positive children/grandchildren about topics such as a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and disease prevention; particularly designing an integrated programme that provides supports to grandmothers caring for children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.

Facilitating informative discussions surrounding the topics of hygiene, HIV prevention, nutrition, children’s health, parenting skills and exercise specifically targeted at older people; Executing workshops aimed at training grandmothers in agricultural input for kitchen gardens.