The HIV/AIDS pandemic has grown from a serious public threat to a massive and complex crisis, forcing humanitarian and development agencies to modify their programmes to address the changing nature of a world with HIV/AIDS. The pandemic is threatening development especially in achieving the Millennium Development Goals among developing countries like Uganda. This therefore calls for concerted efforts by many actors to ensure that the fight against the world’s killer disease is scaled up. The prevalence and consequences of the pandemic are more felt among rural communities that have poor access to effective service delivery due to limited income, poor infrastructure and health care services alongside food insecurity. As a consequence, COF-UGANDA works to contribute to this fight against HIV/AIDS. COF-UGANDA current programmes are focused on creating community awareness emphasising on the following;

i. Participation in national and district HIV and AIDS events and community awareness campaigns; COF-UGANDA has designed a campaign called “HIV & AIDS week” to cause community involvement to create awareness on HIV & AIDS. This is conducted in a four quarter basis over one year period targeting all actors in HIV and AIDS prevention and elimination campaign. COF-UGANDA involves in mobilization, sensitization and education of the communities on the relevance of positive living, know your status and informed decision making, good nutrition and positive living, infant and young child feeding practices.

ii. Participation in voluntary counselling and testing services and advocating for sizeable family sizes for effective care and management while making referrals for testing with other HIV/AIDS implementing partners.

iii. Promoting vegetable growing at household level for improved feeding, access to incomes and conducting cooking demonstrations to promote good cooking practices and nutrition. Groups formed are also encouraged to form village savings and loans associations (VSLA). With acquisition of more resources, experience and funds, COF-UGANDA expects to expand its activities on HIV AIDS to include palliative care and ART treatment.

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