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Poverty in rural areas of Makulubita and Nyimbwa in Luwero District is instrumental in cultivating conditions that allow HIV Aids, TB and other sexually transmitted infections to spread. According to Ndejje University Heath Centre team of medical staff and counselors running PREFA and PACE community health projects in the two subcounties in Luwero District, cites poverty as the biggest hindrance to eradication of the diseases from the community. Ndejje Universdity has undertaken the two projects in its corporate responsibility docket to offer free medical and educational services to the community with the support of PRETA (Protecting Families Against bHIV/AIDS), PACE (Programme for Accessible Health Community and Education) and Mild May Uganda.

Over 800 people including the youth from the two sub counties have benefitted from the two projects. The health team organizes mobile health clinics in the subcounties and offer free medical services. The team provides health education and sensitization on life skills and sexuality, cervical cancer, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and stigma discrimination among others areas. The team also engages schools and Ndejje University community in educational programmes that sensitize them about sexual abstinence, dangers of early pregnancy, abortions and protection against HIV/Aids. Clients in the end receive free HIV/Aids and TB services at the university Health Centre. The team has however met many challenges while executing their community work which includes reluctance especially from the men folk who distaste health education and community related meetings. “Some clients even demand money from us to participate in the project activities. But we have tried to sensitize them about the importance of the services we offer to their health and general welfare of the families. They are however slowly positively responding to our message,” Dr. Kamulegeyq John said. The other challenges cited include poverty levels of clients who cannot afford meeting cost of after- screening services that are unattainable at local health facilities and the expensive test kits that cannot cover the entire community needs.

“The donor’s funding is also limited to specific programme. We need other donors to come on board to assist the project overcome some of the challenges related to poor mobilization, improvement of nutrition especially for the affected babies,” the University doctor pleaded.. Despite the challenges, the project has scored a number achievements. The university team has managed to offer medical services to over 1000 clients in the two sub counties of Makulubita and Nyimbwa and linked up to over 300 people in the community to HIV related services. The team has also sensitized the community about the importance of seeking professional medical services from officially recognized facilities as opposed to self medication. The project is implemented by a nine-man medical team and counselors led by Dr. John Kamulegeya. The other members comprise Dickson Selweyiso, Ramla Nanfuka, Namuyomba Constance, Harriet Nyorozi, Nakibenga Margaret, Kamya Fredrick, Kemigisha Allen and Kigobe Tadeo.

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