Combatting HIV among adolescent girls and young women

Combatting HIV among adolescent girls and young women

During the implementation of the quarter one “Integrated education for HIV prevention in Bududa communities project” funded by PEPFAR. This reporting quarter was an important opportunity to showcase the importance of working with Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in the fight against HIV. It was also a clear example of the role key stakeholders must play in coordinating and contributing to an all of society approach to HIV prevention.

This project was particularly important as it commenced after the COVID 19 pandemic and was an important milestone in the reawakening of the HIV prevention message in the target communities. Together, we contributed to the coordination, policy messages and amplified community voice in the fight against HIV. Daily HIV messaging and training brought local communities together to prepare for each day and share the key HIV prevention strategy. With AAH co-coordinating the implementation of the project, stakeholders were able to play a key role in bringing together the HIV prevention messaging alive in their communities through training and participating in the development of the HIV prevention curriculum.

These key messages were shared, evidenced, and amplified by our trained volunteers at local schools and events across the district. Community voice was brought in through trained AGYW peer educators from AAH teachers and students, where AAH connected live to communities on the front line of risk to bring local voice and urgency on HIV prevention.

Our efforts were recognised and had an impact. All this was made possible through the funding from the PEPFAR Uganda Community Grants to Combat HIV/AIDS

Community engagement meeting with John Wanda

Community engagement meeting with John Wanda

AAH co-founder, John Wanda was joined by AAH Uganda staff at a meeting of Bumwalukani Community held at at Bumarakha Primary School on 4th November, 2023 . This school, located on top of Bumwalukani hill, was closed by the government in 2011 following a landslide in the area. Children from this area and surrounding villages have nowhere to go to school, and most stay at home.

The community, after lengthy discussions, resolved that the government re-opens the school in January 2024. The community will undertake needed repairs on the school, including new floors, repair doors and locks, and bring back any furniture in their possession. They committed to send children to school and feed them. Arlington teachers offered to volunteer and help with teaching as the government re-assigns teachers. Arlington will also provide some much needed supplies. The community resolved that the government provides Bumarakha the same resources they give to other schools in the district.
Donation from EMR Outreach

Donation from EMR Outreach

Beatrice Tierney Health Clinic received a donation of five new laptops from Outreach Electronic Medical Record System , an organization led by Dr. Peter Smith. The computers delivered on 23rd October, 2023 by Dr Peter, his wife and a team of its technical personnel in Uganda. BTHC is among the six beneficiaries of this donation which came along with an extension of internet connection at the facility. The new electronic system replaces the older paper system which is faster, secure and relibale in keeping patient records, monitoring and making reports.

Meeting with US Ambassador to Uganda

Meeting with US Ambassador to Uganda

A team from AAH Uganda led by founder John Wanda and COO, Nelson Kamoti in company of H.E Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi met with the new USA Ambassador to Uganda H.E William W. Popp at the USA Embassy in Kampala. The meeting was purposed to strengthen the relationship between the two partners and explore avenues for more support of the AAH programs.

Each year, the Reading Challenge is launched to encourage our students to read because the more they read, the smarter they become. This has helped them to improve and excel in their studies.  The 2023 Reading Challenge theme was WILD ABOUT READING. This was an interesting theme which enabled teachers and students to read as many books as possible. The event ran from July to October 2023. The student who read the highest number of books was Wataka Mary Ritah from Grade 5. She read more than 400 books. This activity enables students to acquire new vocabulary, learn phrases, sentences and learn cultures of different people. With the reading challenge, the academic performance of students has gradually improved.