Uganda is among the top ten countries which account for 81% of all people living with HIV in the region. Uganda is one of two countries (the second one is Angola) where the number of new HIV infections increased between 2005 and 2013 by 21%. Uganda is experiencing a severe generalized HIV epidemic.
Current estimates indicate that about 1.2 million people in the country are living with HIV, 57% of them female and 13 percent children less than 15 years (MoH, 2010). As Uganda is still classified as a high burden country with high number of persons living with HIV which has continued to increase due to continuing spread of HIV and increased longevity among persons living with HIV, there is a continuous challenges posed by HIV and AIDS to the development of Moyo and Adjumani Districts.
Most people in the two districts today know HIV and AIDS as a life threatening sexually transmitted infection. The Districts tried to scale up efforts in providing HIV/AIDS services in most of its Health Centers. Access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS care has been further constrained by cultural beliefs, lack of knowledge on the availability of services, stigmatization, weak or lack of referral mechanism for appropriate care.
To address the above access challenges, AFOD Uganda is implementing a project on “Scaling up access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS care through capacity-building initiatives & community linkages in Moyo & Adjumani districts. AFOD-Uganda is implementing this project with funding from infectious disease institute (IDI) from October 2017 to March 2018.