postnatal mother in a laboratory
Summary of project activities
Kagumu Development Organization in the virtue of contributing to the reduction of HIV/AIDS in children and it is implementing a prevention of mother to child transmission PMTCT project and in Uganda. This is the fifth quarterly activity report of the project. The project is named “prevent HIV infections in children Ugandan” and it is implemented in Eastern Uganda, in the Districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa in collaboration with our donors under Global Giving arrangements and the community. The organization and beneficiaries extend appreciation for the support from all stakeholders to this project that is in cash, materially, morally and in kind. Further thanks are goes to global giving team for the wonderful work being done. The report expresses quarterly project advancement and consequently, compiled and disseminated to our stakeholders for their utilization. The report gives information on the existing position of the orphans, challenges during project execution, recommendations and testimony from at least a beneficiary. On request, the organization asking for commentary and advises on how to make this project realize results.
Project activities includes; monitoring and evaluation, procure stationery for the office, facilitate transportation of blood samples for CD4 Count, Community mobilization and sensitization on PMTCT, contribution to health workers welfare, procure medical drugs and sundries and testing kits and procure mama kits and dissemination to mothers during their labour periods and delivery coaches
Current Status of prevention of HIV infection in children in Uganda
EMTCT services are still poor in the community because there is limited male involvement during antenatal and maternity visits. In addition, mothers still deliver in the villages by traditional birth attendants and are exposed to HIV/AIDS.
In the last quarter, the organization managed to implement the following;
- Provided health education to 12 HIV positive women on family planning services
- Tested 120 mothers during antenatal visits
- 120 mothers attended antenatal visits
- 32 male spouses tested for HIV/AIDS with their female spouses
- 40 women tested for HIV/AIDS during their labour periods
- 40 pregnant mothers had safe delivery in the health center
- Made 6trips of blood samples of infants for PCR-HIV DNA
- 91 mothers attended postnatal care
- 20 mothers received mama kits
The under listed challenges still exist and need to be solved in order to realize the project outcomes and impact:
- There is limited organization financial resource. The organization is majorly donor dependence and realizes limited profit from its organization. Even the little are not adequate to pay staff salaries and remunerations including office operations
- Inadequate financial and material support by sub county and district local government.
- Limited support by local leaders. Local leaders are silent on disseminating EMTCT messages in public places. They think it is a preserve for health workers.
- Low male involvement in EMTCT. Due to lack of community awareness, male involvement in supporting their spouses for antenatal visits is limited. This gives chance for rural women to seek antenatal services from traditional and unprofessional health workers.
- Inadequate supply of HIV testing kits and sundries by government
All stake holders are requested to provide support to save the children in Uganda. Children being the tomorrow leaders.
Testimony from one beneficiary
This testimony is for Scovia was a pregnant mother who was tested HIV positive Lyama health centre II. She was enrolled for ART provided her with ARVs to be taking from home. However when she reached home she lost hope and disposed of the ARVs and never revealed to the husband about her status. Her health deteriorated and was brought to our health centre when in bad condition. At our health centre, she was counseled and she revealed as she was tested before and provided with ARVS but she disposed the drugs. through a lot of counseling and routine home visit of Scovia by our health staff, she accepted to continue with treatment and reporting to the health centre for antenatal care on a given schedule. We are very happy to report that Scovia delivered a baby girl who is free of HIV/AIDS and received a mama kit. she is still ARVs and report tom our health facility for regular medical examinations and treatment.
This story gives picture of the work of KADO in her health center III in relation to EMTCT and this is what is happening in rural communities in Uganda.