When Nancy first became pregnant, she was terrified. Nancy is HIV-positive and feared that meant her baby would be, too.
However, Nancy soon learned about the pregnancy services offered for HIV-positive women at the New Life Medical Center in Uganda. She quickly enrolled and immediately began taking medication to curb the virus.
Several months later, Nancy gave birth to a health, HIV-negative boy named Gabriella.
After continued care and treatment throughout the breastfeeding process, Gabriella was tested again at 18 months old. At that time, it was confirmed that he remained HIV-free!
THE FH UGANDA - BLOOD:WATER PARTNERSHIP
In partnership with FH Uganda, Blood:Water has been committed to reducing new adult HIV infections in adults and children, reducing stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV, and reducing AIDS-related deaths.
Through technical and financial support, Blood:Water has made it possible for FH Uganda’s New Life Medical Center to serve an average of 1,500 patients every month for various diseases and conditions, in addition to the 1,400 clients who are enrolled in HIV chronic care services at the facility. A maternity ward in the New Life Medical Center was also completed in 2015 to provide a place where HIV-positive mothers can safely give birth to healthy, HIV-free babies.
The goal of the current project is to strengthen the capacity of the Diocese of Kitgum to sustain the provision of quality HIV/AIDS services in order to prepare for the successful transition of management from FH that is planned to take effect in the next year. Specifically, the current project will:
Maintain coverage and utilization of quality HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services delivered as part of integrated health care services in Kitgum District through 2017.
Build the capacity of the Diocese of Kitgum to prepare for the effective management of the service delivery system associated with the New Life Medical Center by December 2017.
Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in Kitgum, Uganda, in 1988 to rehabilitate women returning from captivity by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). In 2002, FH approached the leadership of the Diocese of Kitgum to request space where they could construct a rehabilitation center that would be the New Life Center.
Women frequently required first aid care before being able to receive more advanced care, so in 2010, in partnership with the Church of Uganda and Blood:Water, the New Life Medical Center emerged. Through the New Life Medical Center, affordable health care services are provided, targeting vulnerable people including child mothers, impoverished community members, and persons affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
Background: By 1896, Uganda, including the kingdoms of Bunyoro and Buganda, had become a British protectorate, governed under the supervision of Great Britain. In 1961, it was decided at a Constitutional Conference in London that Uganda should gain independence in October of 1962. In 1963, Sir Edward Mutesa became Uganda’s first president. Three years later, under the rule of Milton Obote, the relationship with Buganda and other kingdoms was dissolved due to conflict over changes in the constitution, and the nation became a republic.
Major General Idi Amin seized power while Obote was out of the country in 1971 and became the president. Amin’s two terms of presidency were marked by terror and plummeting economy, trade, production, education and health rates, as well as 100,000 deaths to massacres and starvation. Obote was overthrown by Lieutenant General Tito Okello, commander of the armed forces, who then became president. In 1986, the National Resistance Army occupied Kampala and its leader, Yoweri Museveni, assumed the presidency. Uganda continued to struggle with conflict in the north by rebel groups, including as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and other groups. Museveni remains president today, and the country continues to face conflict in its northern region.
Country Population: 38 million
National Language: English
Sources: encyclopedia.com, CIA Factbook