In the month of March 2018, Esther Kobusingye a VHT from Katooke during one of her home visits came across Kakyo, a woman married to Chance Patrick from Kisangwa, Enjeru Parish, Katooke Sub County. She was 3 months pregnant and had never gone for antenatal care (ANC); neither did she know her HIV status. ‘I took her through a one on one talk, regarding the importance of ANC and the need to know her HIV status’, Said Esther K (VHT) from Katooke.
Atugonza Brian living with HIV, aged 13, from Iboroga Village, Katooke Sub County and staying with a drunken father (Nyakaana Patrick) was lost to follow-up. When the VHTs and Health workers realized Brian was lost from care, they assigned Moses Tuhaire to do the follow-up.
The LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender) are among the main drivers of HIV epidemic in Uganda and yet the political and socio-cultural situation in Uganda limits accessibility and utilization of health services among this minority group. The UNAIDS’ ambitious target of stopping AIDS by 2030 can only be a dream unless the country improves the health care situation of these marginalized group. The HIV prevalence among MSM is estimated at 12.7%, doubling that of the general population (Crane Survey 2017).
Stigma and discrimination also makes people vulnerable to HIV. Those most at risk to HIV (key populations) continue to face stigma and discrimination based on their actual or perceived health status, race, socioeconomic status, age, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity or other grounds.