Uganda is one of the developing countries with the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a prevalence rate of 7.3%. Ugandans are proved for the great responsiveness in the fight against this deadly disease, however with all this effort in place, recent advancement in its care and management has led some people to live recklessly and in complacent lives which is threatening the reverse of its long struggle to contain this epidemic since many citizens have forgotten that HIV kills.
Statistics from the Uganda AIDS commission show that more than 23,948 people in Uganda die of AIDS par year and of which 60% are men. Over 60,000 new infections arise par year (40% among men and 60% among women). Uganda is estimated to have 1.4 million people living with HIV, of these only 70% are on antiretroviral treatment.
It's found that Fisher folks, Long distance truck drivers, Sex workers, Uniformed service personnel, Injected drug users, Youths out of school, Street kids, Lactating mothers, Transgender, MSM and Incarcerated population are the key populations that are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
GRONET is implementing a data-driven approach focused on the above mentioned key populations through strengthening its program quality, and scaling up effective innovative interventions and strategies to minimize the impact and control the HIV epidemic in Uganda. We have Mobilization and Sensitization for HIV Testing, Safe Male Circumcision (SMC), OVC service, Follow-up, Child Care service and Sustainable Livelihood Service programs that are focused and geared towards preventing, informing, treating, caring and suppressing HIV epidemic in Uganda.
Prioritizing our efforts to end Stigma
HIV prevalence is highier among women than in men. There is still a challenge of stigma where HIV/AIDS affected people have lacked opportunities of engaging with others in development activities.
GRONET realized the need for sensitizing and bring together people affected with HIV/AIDS with the aim of involving them in developmental activities. The program has made them stronger than before because they have the opportunities to meet and share experience, help one another and engage themselves in various income generating activities.