HIV/AIDs awareness
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HIV/AIDs awareness campaigns

In Uganda, HIV and AIDS have an impact on poverty at both household and National levels. At household level, progress in poverty reduction has been slowed down. This is because HIV/AIDS usually affect people of working age. Poor households are less able to cope with the impact of HIV and AIDS than richer households.

ECODA Trainer explaining the trend of HIV/AIDs scourge to the community in Tororo district

HIV/AIDS workshop

There is a high level of stigma among the communities of Uganda. This has been due to lack of understanding about HIV. People sometimes think they can contract HIV through normal social contact, others think that households affected by HIV have been punished by God.  When parents die, children are often left with no one to care for them. They may have to go to live with relatives far away and cut ties with friends and social contacts in their community.

Another aspect of the fallen society in which we live is negative attitudes towards women. For example, a woman might become a commercial sex worker because she has no other choice. This may be because she is discriminated against in the employment sector because she is a woman or because she did not receive the same level of education as men. While her life style is not what God wants for her, this example shows that society as a whole has a part to play in encouraging the spread of HIV. Empowerment of women could be an effective way of reducing the spread of HIV in the long-term.
 ECODA has taken the initiative of Training village based model women trainers as technology multipliers in their communities. These will be women identified by their communities basing on their endowments with good craft (wo)manship, wider social network, and strong enthusiasm for change, Providing the village based model women trainers with demonstration kits in order for them to effectively disseminate the designed technology, The farming household is the most important economic sector of Uganda employing over 80% of the population of the country. Unfortunately this sector is the most adversely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic causing falling levels of food and cash crop production and widespread household food insecurity.
The spectrum of HIV/AIDS remains the major concern in farming household whose productivity is weakened and poses increasing threats to food security.

ECODA has taught and provided the communtiy with the basic methods for Modernization of Agriculture which aims at increasing rural household incomes through a number of channels such as: provision of improved agricultural extension services, promotion of private sector provision of agricultural inputs, promotion of agriculture and land utilization practices, provision of credit to farmers and ensuring food security.

ECODA has also introduced improved energy saving stoves to the community so as to solve the firewood-scarcity that arouses an urgent call for action given that households are forced to further coping strategies like the usage of maize stalks, crop residues or the stealing of firewood from wealthier people’s tree-plantations. The users of the improved stoves have cited the advantages below:
•    80% reduction in wood-fuel consumption thereby reducing the rate of tree cutting and environmental degradation.
•    Increased productivity and incomes at household level as time for women for livelihood activity diversification has been reduced and less time is spent while searching for firewood and cooking.
•    Increased girl children education participation as a single trip for bringing firewood is taking a long time before the next search trip is required.
•    Improved health conditions among women and girls as smoke level in kitchens are reduced

Other support offered include:

Psychological care; family care and support groups, support for disclosure of HIV status, bereavement care and treatment of HIV-related psychiatric illnesses, such as depression and related anxieties, or related activities.

Social Care: income generating activities, vocational training in viable and marketable skills, nutrition, housing, efforts to reduce stigma.

Preventive Care Services: - Counseling and education of discordant couples, inclusive of condom use or related activity, Increases access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation systems, or related activity; Home based care services which support PHA/families in any of the above areas may also be funded.

Clinical Care: strengthening the referral for PHA in the community to proper health services to maximize their health care.An HIV/AIDs Counselor training people about the scourge of AIDs in Rakai district