Accelerating Epidemic Control in Fort Region (ACE-Fort)

Rwenzori Center for Research and Advocacyin partnership with Baylor college of Medicine and Children’s Foundation with funding from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is accelerating epidemic control targeting orphans and other vulnerable children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS including victims of sexual and gender based violence that are eligible for service from the community and health centers in Kasese District

The project provides family-centered pediatric HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment service that includes HIV testing and counseling, anti-retroviral therapy, management of opportunistic infections, home based care and treatment, economic strengthening, psychosocial support and basic care, food security and nutritional support, child protection and legal support, and education support in Maliba Sub County, Kyabarungira Sub County, Buhuhira Sub County and Bwesumbu Sub County in Kasese district.

Under this project RCRA is currently supporting 160 households which comprise of 533 orphans and other vulnerable children. This includes 87 children who are infected with HIV and 446 children are affected by HIV disease.

The picture above shows the hoti- culture officer and the OVC social worker pausing with some of the OVC care givers for a photo after receiving the kitchen garden seedlings.
The picture above shows the OVC social worker providing agricultural advisory services and nutrition education to some of the ovc care givers
The picture above shows some of the OVC, caregivers and the OVC social worker after receiving agricultural inputs for the kitchen gardens in kyabarungira Sub County.
Figure 1: Education support to children infected and affected by HIV
Figure 2: Economic strengthening of caretakers of vulnerable children through hand made crafts and savings-loans groups
The picture above shows the OVC social worker passing on financial literacy information to some of the care givers who are involved in the VSLA
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