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Health | 01 December 2014

United In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Today is World Aids Day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS - a fight the Cotton On Foundation continues to play a part in.

The Rakai District had he first official case of HIV in Southern Uganda and in the early 1990’s experienced a HIV epidemic that resulted in the death of approximately one million people. This epidemic also saw a reduction in the life expectancy in Uganda, dropping from 54.1 to 42.6 and leaving more than one million children orphaned.

In 2010 the Cotton On Foundation launched a program with the aim to ‘Kick Aids Out of Mannya’. During this campaign, people in and around Mannya Village were educated about HIV/Aids, and provided with counselling and testing.

Then in 2013, our team and our customers participated in ‘Mission For a Million’ raising $1million to contribute to health care facilities in Southern Uganda. 

Part of these funds will go towards establishing the new HIV and Education centre soon to be built in Mannya Village. The centre aims to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS, provide testing and treatment and will have the following: 

  • HIV Counselling
  • Support Food Security and Nutrition Programs
  • Family planning
  • WASH (Water and Sanitation Health)  
  • PMTCT care (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission)
  • Paediatric HIV care
  • Discordant couples clinic
  • Early infant diagnosis via PCR testing
  • Classes on how to support and/or living with HIV positive person
  • Private counselling
  • Sexual Risk and education sessions
  • School Health presentations
  • VHT Monthly meetings
  • Testing education
  • Condom distribution
  • Dance, Music and Drama Presentations
  • Provision of education materials including posters, brochures etc.
  • Further education to our healthcare workers.

 

This centre will be the first of its kind in the Rakai district servicing the people from surrounding communities in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS.

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