Scale up comprehensive HIV/AIDS services targeting fisher folk and high risk groups
Fishing landing sites are hubs of dense local and regional sexual networks which can accelerate the spread of HIV into the wider population. HIV was first reported in Kasensero, a landing site in a fishing village From data reported in the NSP 2015/1516-–2019/20, high HIV prevalence rates were reported among KP/PP.
Fisherfolk HIV prevalence was; 22-29%, SW (35-37), Truck drivers (25%), Uniformed services personnel (18.2), MSM (13.7) and badaboda/Tax men (8.7) Kalangala district Leads with HIV prevalence of 15-18, Buvuma district HIV prevalence is 6.3
The gravity of HIV problem in Fisherfolk is consequential from nature and dynamics of the fish trade and fishing lifestyle i.e. Multiple sexual partners, Un protected sex, Inconsistent use of condoms, Recurrent STI, Abuse of alcohol and drugs, Violence, Harassment, Mobile /Migratory, Stigma and discrimination, Limited access to care and treatment, Lack of circumcision in male partners and Low health-seeking behavior.
Fishing communities have remained amongst the most vulnerable and at risk groups code named priority populations in the fight against HIV/AIDS
- The project tends to contribute significantly to achieve the overall Goal of the NSP “Towards Zero new infections, Zero HIV and AIDS-related mortality and morbidity and Zero discrimination”. The project will primarily target Fisherfolk and other high HIV risk groups among; SW, IDU, Truck Drivers, Uniformed services boda boda cyclists in the great lakes regions of Uganda .
- The project aims at scaling comprehensive HIV and AIDS services among Fisherfolk and other HIV high risky populations through effective integration of core thematic areas of HIV implementation i.e. Prevention. Care and treatment, Social support and System strengthening as aligned to the NSP, NPS and Revised FFOU Strategic plan (2021-2025)