Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans

by Alive Medical Services
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans
Enable Holistic HIV Care to over 13,000 Ugandans

Project Report | Feb 2, 2017
Healing through the power of music

By Dr. Pasquine Ogunsanya | Executive Director

Music participants engage in a dancing activity
Music participants engage in a dancing activity

Since the beginning of Alive Medical Services 10 years ago, we at AMS have been committed to providing a complete and holistic HIV care package for every client that walks into our clinic. Our package consists of HIV prevention, care, and treatment through free provision of counseling and testing, medication, maternal and child health services, nutritional and water sanitation support, and psychosocial support through peer support and income-generation groups. Thanks to your help on GlobalGiving, in 2016 we were able to expand our psychosocial services to incorporate music! 

Last year, we began collaborating with Musicians Without Borders (MwB), a group of highly-trained global musicians who use music to inspire, empower communities, and heal the wounds of trauma. Our partnership with MwB began with the facilitation of a community music project to improve viral suppression, HIV status disclosure, ARV adherence, and the mental well-being of AMS’s youth. We currently have 30 youth enrolled in music programming. These 30 youth have completed 20 sessions and upon completion of this program, they will graduate as Community Music Leaders to lead their peers through on-going music sessions. Because of the continued support from you and the rest of the GlobalGiving family, we are able to create these special partnerships that aid our holistic packages for all ages. We have already witnessed a vibrancy in our atmosphere at AMS and are anxiously awaiting the graduation of our 30 Community Music Leaders in May.

         Meet Vivian, one of our Community Music leaders in-training

“I have a supportive mother. She always told me to be brave, but I still worried. Before coming here, I wasn’t normal. I wouldn’t speak to people because of the stigma. I was always paranoid, I felt alone. But then I came to AMS and I met these people. It was different. I got involved with the Victors Club and the Music Program and I started easily making friends. They understood and never judged me. At AMS I have friends who understand and help me. We talk about everything, not just our status. The doctors are so friendly, everyone is. Two years ago I got pregnant and enrolled in Alive's EMTCT [Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission] program. Because of this program, I now have a healthy, HIV negative baby girl. I have a family here. AMS got me from where I was, to where I am now. Now I am in a position to help others as well.” – Vivian

There are many inspiring stories like Vivians’s among the youth at AMS. We are ecstatic to see what our youth will accomplish with their newfound musical skills and empowerment. Thank you for all that you have done to make our 2016 a success. Together, we can make a difference in our youth’s lives!

Vivian, Music Leader & mother to HIV negative girl
Vivian, Music Leader & mother to HIV negative girl
Two youth dance away during Music Sessions
Two youth dance away during Music Sessions

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Alive Medical Services

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Twitter: @AMSUganda
Project Leader:
Pasquine Ogunsanya
Founder and Executive Director
Kampala , Uganda

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