Health

ASDHI undertakes programs aimed at increasing access to and utilization of quality and timely health services in the target fishing communities and surrounding villages.

HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support

ASDHI is currently working with Buikwe district local government and partners such Tackle Africa UK, Kamwokya Christian Caring Community, Uganda Cares, PACE and St. Francis Healthcare Services to increase access to HIV prevention, care, treatment and social support services among individuals and families in the target fishing communities.  ASDHI seeks to provide timely and accurate information on the risk factors and drivers of HIV infection in fishing communities. It also encourages individuals and couples to test for HIV, seek and adhere to treatment. ASDHI’s social support services mainly target bed-ridden HIV clients, orphans and vulnerable children, women and grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren. The key services provided include home-based health care; distribution of emergency food, medication and other necessities to the sick and vulnerable, on-going and bereavement counselling. Orphans and vulnerable children are provided with educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care, sanitary pads counselling and guidance so as to enable them to access and regularly attend school.

With the support of Kamwokya Christian Caring Community (KCCC), by year-end 2010 ASDHI was providing 246 persons living with HIV (216 adult women, 11 children below 15 years and 19 adult men) were provided with HIV related treatment services.  Of these, 20 persons (4 men, 10 women, 3 children below 14 years) were initiated on ARVs by Kamwokya Christian Caring Community .In the
course of the year, 1 person passed away while 2 transferred to another treatment centre.

Prevention and treatment of other health-related conditions

In addition to addressing HIV and AIDS, ASDHI educates communities about how to prevent illnesses like malaria, diarrhoea, dysentery and Cholera It also provides treatment  services responding to people’s needs. ASDHI brings services closer to the people and lessens the burden of travelling on bad roads to access health services up to 35 Kms from where they live or work. By the end of 2010, atotal of 654 people (408 female, 142 male, 104 children below 15 years) had been treated for malaria, respiratory tract infections, diarrhea diseases, fungal infections, sexually transmitted diseases and nutritional deficiency

Sexual and reproductive health

ASDHI strives to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes of fisherfolk by sensitising and encouraging them to access family planning services, maternal and child health services, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The relationships we have cultivated enable us to tackle sensitive socio-cultural barriers to accessing SRH services in these communities.

Family and environmental health improvement

ASDHI educates fishing communities about hygiene, sanitation and value of boiling water. Aware of people’s dependence on firewood for cooking and drying fish, ASDHI sensitizes communities about appropriate environmental conservation and management approaches. ASDHI builds on existing indigenous knowledge and skills of the people in the areas of sanitation, hygiene, water, alternative cooking and fuel sources. It facilitates the sharing of information and knowledge and gives technicalinput on how to prevent problems related to these issues. Utilizing participatory approaches ASDHI facilitates individuals and families to develop and internalise life planning skills that enhance their capacity to practise effective water management, hygiene and sanitation behaviour that contributes to improved health and well-being, especially of women and children under the age of five. Physical interventions take place both at the individual and the community level. Cleaning and construction of public latrines, bathrooms and soak pits is at the heart of the ASDHI education and community water, hygiene and sanitation process.

 

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Kampala Offices:
Plot 99, Ntinda-Kira Road Najjera 1,Ntinda Kampala

  • Contact Tel:
  • +256-772-843071
  • +256-759-843071
  • +256-712-352704

Field Office:
Ssenyi Landing Site - Ssi Sub county

P.O. Box 860, Mukono, Uganda

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