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HIWA project staff pose with UWA staff at a monitoring visit to support BCC agents in MFCA (Murchison Falls National Park)

The USAID/Uganda HIV/AIDS and Health Initiatives in the Workplaces Activity (HIWA) is a 5 year program funded by USAID. The program is a national program implemented in 50 districts by World Vision Inc in partnership with RTI International (RTI), Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG), The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST) and The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG).

The overall goal of the project is to improve the health of 1) the members of the UPF, 2) private security guards (PSG), 3) UWA staff, and 4) staff in selected hotels affiliated with the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA). The initiatives will also extend to CSWs and MSM. This will be achieved through improved quality of care for those infected or affected by HIV.

In the month of June, 2017; outreaches to offer HIV integrated services to UWA staff in the 2 conservation areas of MECA and MFCA were conducted. 12 outposts in these conservation areas were provided with integrated services, sensitization talks on HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment were held. STI screening, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), Maternal and New Born Health (MNH), family planning and Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT) services were also carried out. A total of 170 male and 274 female individuals were sensitized, of which 116 males and 169 females voluntarily underwent HIV testing. Family planning services were offered to 9 women and a total of 7 individuals were registered for VMMC. The activities were also blended with malaria testing and treatment, condom education and distribution and support of BCC agents implementing the stepping stones methodology.

Monitoring visits to support BCC agents during the facilitation of Stepping Stones and Peer to Peer sessions in both conservation areas were also carried out to assess the progress of the stepping stones activities. Medical camps targeting UWA staff and other persons living within the conservation areas were organised for a period of 5 days w, 2 in Queen Elizabeth, 1 on Mweya and another in Rwakingi Rwenzori National Park. These aim at providing a minimum HIV health package to staff and other persons living in the conservation areas including; Health Education, provision of BCC materials, condom promotion and distribution, HCT with linkages to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), ART, STI prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Workplace HIV/AIDS policy and PEP. 

Also, UWA health facility staff were identified to undertake a training organized by HIWA World Vision on Family Planning for 5 days. A total of 6 health workers attended (2 from each of the 3 facilities of Mweya, Queen Elizabeth and Paraa HCIIs). Mentorships for technical support in the current treatment guidelines and Quality Improvement by World Vision and TASO respectively were also conducted in the 3 UWA facilities.