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SOWI's HIV Community Program

According to District Health Information System (DHIS 2, 2021), HIV prevalence for the Dokolo District is 6.6% with a drastic reduction (60%) in the number of new HIV infections between 2010 and 2020.

37% of all new HIV infections were among young people aged 15-24yrs with 79% of these new HIV infections among young Women and Adolescent girls.

Despite representing just 10% of the total population whereas retention is determined at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months after initiation on ART records 86% of clients were reported to be in care 6 months prior to starting ART. Retention at 12 months and 24 months was reported at 76% and 79% respectively due to poor psychosocial support.

Poor retention is as a result of lack of proper psychosocial support offered to PLHIV.

Support Orphans and Women Initiative (SOWI) is working through the established government structures and has been mobilizing and sensitizing community on GBV, HIV prevention, care and treatment and capacity building in the three sub-counties of Amwoma, Kangai and Agwata.

In the past year of operation in Dokolo, 350 individuals has been reached with HIV prevention, 90 individual with care and treatment.

With the above success, SOWI would like to widen HIV services to:

  • Cover more of the psychosocial support offered to clients at the facility

  • Scale it up at the community level through psychotherapy groups, home visits, & GBV support to improve livelihood, promoting and encouraging disclosure in order to mitigate both external and internal (self-acceptance that one is living with HIV) stigma

  • Offer community HIV care support and treatment of the affected community of the above three Sub-Counties

Are you ready to join SOWI towards this Northern Uganda community service? We invite you to support our cause through prayers, contributions, donations, and/or bringing awareness by sharing SOWI news and media updates. Thank you.

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