HVU CURRENT PROJECTS

 

1.  THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS ON PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT HIV PROJECT

a)  Project Overview

  • In this project, HVU identifies, links, and follows HIV positive children 0-14 years of age, and adolescents living with HIV, 15-19 years, to ensure that they are retained in care (ART).  The organization also oversees activities in economic support groups and adolescent clubs to fight abject poverty and HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination.  The project is implemented in partnership with Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and Kiganda Health Center 1V in Central Uganda.
  • The project activities began on July 1, 2016 and will end on February 28, 2019, a 2-1/2 yr. project targeting 500 HIV positive children not in care.

b)  Mid Term Achievements

  • Since the inception of the project, 120 HIV children 0-14 years and 100 HIV positive children 15-19 have been identified, linked and followed to ensure they remain in care.  The caregivers of children PLHIV networks have also been engaged to address HIV related stigma and discrimination.
  • Sixteen (16) economic support groups, ten (10) for HIV positive caregivers and adolescent PLHIV, have been formed.  The beneficiaries have been empowered to save, invest and manage income and credit.  So far, this has helped to enhance household income and productivity for the target population.

2.  THE DREAMS PROJECT

a)  Project Overview

  • DREAMS stands for:  Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe.  HVU implements this project in six sub-counties: Myanzi, Kassanda, Bukuya, Kitumbi and Kitenga, in Mubende District Central Uganda.  The project targets Adolescent Girls 15-19 and Young Women 20-24 who are HIV negative.  The goal of this project is "to reduce the incidence of new HIV cases in vulnerable, at risk, Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) 15-24 years of age, by using methods which address the structural drivers that increase their risk".  Key interventions of the project include HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT), Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC), Social Reproductive Health (SRH), school based HIV and violence prevention, and economic strengthening to AGYW, which includes financial literacy and apprenticeship skills training such as tailoring, cooking/baking, and hair dressing (6-month course).
  • The project's activities began on July 1, 2016 and will end on July 1, 2021, a 5-year project.  It is anticipated that a total of 15,000 beneficiaries will be reached with different interventions by the close of the project.

b)  Mid Term Achievements

  • Thus far, 3,000 AGYW who are HIV negative have been enrolled in the program.  They have been linked with 100 safe spaces where they receive different services including vocational and apprenticeship training.  Those found HIV positive have been linked with health facilities and are retained in care (ART).
  • 700 Men have been circumcised to reduce the incidence of new HIV infections.

3.  THE ORPHANS AND OTHER VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC) PROJECT

a)  Project Overview

  • This project targets Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) aged 0-17 years, affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, from two sub-counties of Bukuya and Kiganda, Mubende District, Central Uganda.  The children are supported with six core program areas which include; economic strengthening, food and nutrition security, healthcare, water, sanitation and shelter, education support, child protection and legal support and psychosocial support cutting across.  The beneficiaries are selected from households with high vulnerability and there must be at least one child who is HIV positive (index client).  These are thoroughly assessed to select the critically needy children.
  • The project began on January 3, 2016 and will end on January 3, 2021 (5-year project) targeting 2,500 critically needy children -17 years including their caregivers.

b)  Mid Term Achievements

  • 474 children have so far been reached with the whole core package.  They have graduated and their caregivers have been economically empowered for sustainability purposes.
  • The HIV positive beneficiaries and their caregivers have been counseled and the community sensitized to address the challenges of HIV related stigma and discrimination.  The beneficiaries are now stress free and their viral load has been considerably suppressed.  They now appear stronger and healthier.  Ther OVC caregivers have been supported to form the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) where they are encouraged to save, invest and manage income.
  • The households are monitored quarterly to check on the household vulnerability reduction levels before graduation after one year.