This field report will give you an update on how we are doing with achieving our goals.
There are some suprising statistics from our baseline line survey to read!
We have also attached some photos so you can see for yourself what we have been up to.
So that we can report to you how much of an impact we are making we needed to conduct a survey before we started the work in Kasese, Uganda. This took us nearly 3 months because it involved our four fieldwork teams randomly selecting a total of over 800 girls, boys, women and men from the area to interview. A couple of the key findings are that over 3/4 of the girls and women feel unable to negotiate safe sex and nearly half feel unable to refuse sexual advances from any boys and men.
Our team manager Peter wants to thank every one of you who has contributed towards funding the work of Act4Africa. He said “your contributions also help the teams here in Africa to get tools to use in discovering peoples HIV status. We have been able to buy testing kits and thereby are able to help people of all walks and age know their status, which helps them plan for their future”. Kasese in western Uganda is one of the most affected by HIV where the percentage is at 11.4% among a population of about 800,000.
This HCT exercise began at Kibara by testing 100 people. Several people were found living with HIV. Sarah was shocked to find herself positive but was appreciative and thanked Act4Africa for helping her know her status for free without cost. She vowed to disclose to her husband and urge him also to test so that they can plan their future.
The team also have started going to the communities with direct delivery of health and gender education and have begun to train the first 20 Peer Educators. You can see them in the attached photos
Working life for our team is not always easy and there are many challenges they face like bad roads in the interiors of the villages they visit whilst taking help, education and voluntary HIV counselling and testing to the people. The attached photo shows a typical journey they have to make to access some of the communties we work with.
Thanks again for helping us bring brighter futures to the young people of Africa.
Training for peer educators
The long and difficult road to get to where we are