The USAID/Uganda HIV/AIDS and health Initiatives in the Workplaces Activity (HIWA) is a 5 year programme funded by USAID. The program is a national program implemented in 33 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) with the overall goal to improve the health of;
- The members of the UPF,
- Private security guards (PSG)
- UWA staff,
- Staff in selected hotels affiliated with the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA).
ECOTRUST is continuing to implement the USAID/Uganda HIV/AIDS and health Initiatives in the Workplaces Activity in 3 conservation areas of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, Murchison Falls Conservation Area, and Mt. Elgon Conservation Areas with key focus on the employees of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The outreach programmes conducted during the first quarter (October to December 2016) focused on following up on the UWA staff that had been trained during the first year to ensure continuity of the initiatives. The planned strategy for the second year of the USAID/HIWA is to work with the three health centers of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls, and Mbale Police clinic for Mt Elgon Conservation Area to provide HCT services at outreaches. USAID/HIWA is targeting to reach 1,600 men and women in the conservation areas with HTS while linking the positives to care and treatment.
ECOTRUST conducted follow ups with the UWA clinics to ensure that they continue to provide HTS at the various workplaces. A total of 70 people were counseled and tested. Behavioral Change communication (BCC) continues to be the main strategy used for HIV prevention.
The Condom education conducted in the conservation areas during year one have continued to generate interest in this service. The project managed to distribute 127,000 condoms to the respective areas.