We are currently conducting the RAIN UGANDA CERVICAL CANCER AND HIV/AIDS EDUCATION, SCREENING, AND REFERRAL PROJECT (RAIN C.A.S.E.R PROJECT)
Our Objectives are to
To Increase access to HIV testing by 25% in our catchment area
- To Increase knowledge and demand for screening of specific health conditions including Cervical Cancer, HIV and Hepatitis B by 15% in our catchment area
- To Increase the number of women of reproductive age testing with other family members by 10%
We hope to carry out the following activities to accomplish the program objectives:
Increase access to HIV testing
- Prioritization of Index client contact tracing
This will be done through:
- Assisted Partner Notification (APN) services: APN is a process through which HIV-positive index clients (i.e., infected persons who are candidates for assisted partner notification services) are interviewed to elicit information about their sexual partners, who can then be confidentially notified of their possible exposure or potential risk, and offered HIV testing services. The overall goal of APN services is to prevent HIV transmission and progression through partner notification and the provision of screening and referrals for treatment for identified partners.
- Transformation of RAIN UGANDA office structure into a drop in center. A drop in center is where HIV testing services are made readily available to clients who would otherwise lack access to testing or those who prefer the privacy and convenience of testing alone. HIV testing is provided either using the HIVST kits or the using the National Testing Algorithm; based on the client’s preference.
- Promotion of community out reaches. These are focused on vulnerable populations including learning institutions with sexually active youth.
- Multi-disease campaigns: Multi-disease campaigns decrease stigma and discrimination and reach populations that may otherwise not test for HIV. Screening of other medical conditions such Hepatitis B, Diabetes, and Hypertension are promoted as well as cervical and breast cancer for women.
Increase knowledge and demand for screening of specific health conditions including Cervical Cancer, HIV and Hepatitis B.
We conduct Trainings of community resource persons, politicians, religious leaders, on HIV, cervical/breast cancer and Hepatitis B in the catchment areas
- We distribute Information, Education and Communication materials about HIV, Cervical/breast cancer and Hepatitis B
- Peers to peer mobilization: (Peers living with HIV recruiting those living with HIV, Peers in transactional sex recruiting their counterparts etc)
- Use of champions (Bar owners, Boda boda stage managers, community leaders, religious leaders, youth pastors, care takers, teachers)
- Community institutions /gatherings (religious and cultural leaders, church/mosque services, burials, celebrations, community meetings)
- Use of Mass media
We are using Social media like Facebook, WhatsApp to disseminate factual information about Sex and reproductive health with special emphasis on HIV and Cervical Cancer.
We are also conducting integrated community outreaches where information regarding HTS is delivered to the intended audience in the places where they live, work or socialize. The places are either markets, churches, workplaces, schools or even bars.
Social mobilization. The engagement of a range of different people and organizations that come together to raise awareness of important issues, solve problems and demand change
Increase the number of women testing with other family members
- RAIN UGANDA addresses the need of educating local women about the HPV virus, how it is contracted, and its relationship to cervical cancer (CaCx).
- RAIN UGANDA increases the access to screening services, particularly in rural locations by taking the services to their villages.
RAIN UGANDA encourage women in the reproductive age to come for testing especially with their adolescent daughters