Despite medical advances, infectious diseases still account for six in every 10 deaths in the world’s poorest countries. The toll from Malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and diseases caused by inadequate access to clean water is particularly tragic because these diseases are so preventable.
Raising Hope of African Child-Uganda sees HIV/AIDS as a development issue of critical importance that affects tens of millions of people worldwide. Our HIV/AIDS prevention programs are teaching life skills to Poverty stricken youths in Uganda and Refugees to effectively respond to this deadly scourge.
Once very treatable and manageable, tuberculosis (TB) has become an intractable global public health issue. TB treatment has become a critical activity in Uganda, where Raising Hope of African Child-Uganda is using a protocol developed by the World Health Organization, in which community-based health providers deliver TB medicines to patients’ homes. This approach ensures that patients complete their treatment protocols and reduces the number of new, hard-to-treat resistant tuberculosis cases.
Raising Hope of African Child-Uganda’s’ efforts to control TB have been so successful that in 2017 we were declared the lead agency for TB control in areas where we worked. We have helped 230 patients begin recovering from TB.
Early diagnosis and access to treatment are vital to prevent children infected with the HIV virus from dying of AIDS. Yet, the most recent statistics show that while the number of children receiving anti-retro viral medicines has increased to around 40 percent, this is still notably lower than the number of adults. Raising Hope of African Child-Uganda is involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa and our core interest is to initiate/support, encourage and promote initiatives aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of the disease. We are in full support of presidential initiative to terminate the disease in Uganda by 2030, through awareness campaigns counselling & Guidance and workshops to the youngsters who bear the biggest brand of the burden in the country.
Every child deserves the chance to live a healthy and secure life. However, 25,000 children younger than 5 years old die every day and more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday. Nearly all of these deaths occur in poor countries and almost every one of them can be prevented. Rhac-Uganda helps children in the poorest communities through nutritional support, vaccinations for children affected by conflict and disasters and treatment for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and polio. Rhac-Uganda invests in much needed basics such as adequate nutrition, bed nets and skilled health workers to keep children alive.
More than 95% of people with HIV are in developing countries. People in poor communities are at increased risk because of the effects of poverty – lack of knowledge and awareness, lack of prevention services, lack of counselling and testing, lack of access to treatment and ARVs (anti-retroviral drugs), high levels of stigma and discrimination. Women are at a higher risk of infection than men because of gender inequality – meaning they have less choice over their sexual and reproductive health. Infected children are less likely to have their basic needs met and are more likely to be sick or malnourished, suffer psychological trauma, lag behind in a series of developmental outcomes, endure abuse and become HIV positive. Rhac-Uganda aims to prevent infection by educating girls and boys on sexual and reproductive health. We ensure people have enough to eat and help people living with HIV to earn an income through livelihoods training and support. We provide condoms, voluntary counselling and testing and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. We advocate for policy changes to reduce discrimination and improve health support. And we help sex workers protect themselves from HIV infection and from violent discrimination by clients, police and others. Rhac-Uganda’s programmes on child health support children at risk of HIV to live healthier lives and aim to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.