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Enhanced Awareness about Gender inequalities among Networks of Women Affected and Infected with TB, HIV and AIDS in six  regions of Uganda (2017-2021)

The existing Gender gap is viewed as pervasive gender inequities, including extreme levels of gender based violence fueling the HIV and TB epidemic among women and girls; Power imbalances between women and men still exist, girls and boys, social cultural, economic, and political spheres and Lack of autonomy over their own health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights is what NACWOLA is strongly addressing.

According to WHO reports, it was confirmed that once HIV-positive person adheres to an effective ART regimen, the risk of transmitting the virus to their uninfected sexual partner can be reduced by 96%. The WHO recommendation to initiate ART in all people living with HIV has contributed significantly to reduction of HIV transmission. Unfortunately access and adherence is still a challenge in most of the districts in Uganda associated to gender inequalities. Therefore the project is designed to ensure that HIV + women and girls have access to information through Medias such as radio programs, community dialogues and sensitization meetings.

Project Goal
The goal of the project is contribute to the reduction of gender based violence among Networks of HIV affected and infected women.

The objectives include:

  • To create a platform for networks of women to discuss the underlying causes of Gender Based Violence among HIV positive women in the 18 districts of 6 regions in Uganda by the year 2021.
  • To create awareness on the barriers that cause gender inequalities among TB and HIV infected and affected women in 18 districts within 6 regions of Uganda by 2021.

Project Scope

The proposed project is implemented in the four districts per region (Northern, Central, East and North East Uganda) to build the capacity of women and girls, men and boys to address gender, sexuality and power dynamics that limit their ability to prevent HIV and access to quality health services. This aims to promote health strengthening systems in the regions that are hard to reach and among the most vulnerable to reduce their risk to Gender Based violence

Target groups

NACWOLA targets to reach girls aged 15-24 who have experienced violence, married women who have ever encountered domestic violence during their marital life, All women who have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, Women and boys who are at risk of first sexual encounter against their will, and those that have experienced violence during pregnancy

Achievement to date

TB Case Notification improved with competent staff;

Above is NACWOLA’s Community Linkage Facilitator updating registers at faculties for reduced Lost to Follow-up HIV and TB cases: This is one of our biggest achievement to date is increased team of competent staff linked to communities and playing a leading role in linking health facilities and other service providers to free quality treatment of HIV and TB. 

Platform Created for women

An empowered women will have no barrier to speak out through media. NACWOLA has attracted media platforms to address gender inequalities among women living with HIV/AIDS. Speaking out is one way of reaching out to the vulnerable violence women out there.

Government Commitment Realized

Through NACWOLA’s intervention service providers and Government organs have had their commitments implemented in 18 districts of Uganda

Resilience Built

Building resilience: Through community dialogues, women under violence were identified and supported to find redress.

Child Participation:

Children’s involvement in key stakeholders program reviews have been attained

Youth Empowerment:

Executive director of NACWOLA talking to youths about the need to address gender based violence as one of the barriers to eradication of HIV and TB in their communities within 20 districts.

Platform for young girls has been created.

Young girls have been empowered to become pillars in addressing the social cultural related issues affecting their own reproductive health rights. Currently it is easy to mobilize these youths in the districts through their networks and platforms with the 20 districts so far

Donors:

NACWOLA HIV/AIDS Projects