The purpose of the project is to contribute to the reduction of the spread of HIV and mitigate its impact among people living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children, and youth, to increase safe HIV prevention practices among the Most at High Risk Population, to increase access to community based HIV/AIDS home based care/ support services for people living with HIV, and to increase access to community based care services for vulnerable children. In Uganda a total of 1 200 000 people live with HIV/AIDS. The number of new infections (appr. 1 000 000) matches the number of AIDS related deaths, which has significantly reduced life expectancy. AIDS has affected the labour force, agricultural outputs and food security, and educational and health services negatively. The orphan burden is estimated at about two million. The widespread social disruption among families and communities resulting from loss of people, has led to a large number of child and widow headed households. Co-infection of tuberculosis and HIV is also a major problem. Central and northern Uganda
The following strategies and activities are being implemented: Community sensitisation and mobilisation to create HIV/AIDS awareness and reduce stigma for people living with HIV (PLHIV), advocacy for HIV/AIDS preventive methods, vulnerability assessment of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), provision of comprehensive service packages and psychosocial support for OVC, PLHIV and Youth, support to families and communities in food security and nutrition through providing agricultural training, provision of scholastic materials and vocational training support to in and out of school youth.
The project will improve the quality of life of 6 000 orphans and vulnerable children, 2 100 people living with HIV, and 108 000 youth and a number of pregnant women in the target communities.