National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda – Empowering HIV/TB patients on prevention and care

 

The COVID-19 IAPO Response Activity grant awarded to National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda (NACWOLA) aimed at creating awareness among HIV/TB patients on COVID-19 prevention and care. 50 community members from 20 Community Based Organizations in the refugee hosting districts of Moyo were sensitized and empowered.

During the implementation  of the initiative, NACWOLA mobilized and mentored the groups of women and girls from Community Based Organizations as ToTs for TB prevention , identification and care. The identified groups of women that were mentored and sensitized will engage the community with information on IAPO and patient management, help patients’ build groups and partnerships as method of maximizing impact through working together with stakeholders, Development partners, Ministry of Health and policymakers.

NACWOLA has carried forward the IAPO initiative to other part of the country in addressing patients’ needs, advocating for availability of essential medicines, care and support. NACWOLA continues to work at national and local levels to represent IAPO in supporting patients, families and care takers. NACWOLA will continue to facilitate effective exchange of knowledge between patient groups and to advocate for the development of patient-centered healthcare at all levels.

With the implementation of the initiative, participants observed that:

  • Stigma among HIV/TB patients still affects treatment access and disclosure.
  • The overwhelming demand for sensitization for participants and time of engagement during implementation was limited.
  • Patient’s sensitization need patience and time, future grants should consider time allocated to patients as sufficient.
  • Research on patients demand should be included in future activities if we are to improve the quality of services.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to IAPO for the support to NACWOLA and request that increased time and resources are required if we are to reach more patients in the community. We promise to carry on with the activities that have been started that could improve the quality of life of patients in other districts.

 

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