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Community-based advocacy helps get critical services to HIV+ children
Coming from families with limited resources, vulnerable children often have low access to HIV testing and treatment at local facilities, which is the case in Mukono District in Uganda where HIV prevalence is high at 7.3%. In a village in Mukono District, ASSIST supported community-level agents to form a village child protection committee (VCPC)—made up of community members—that ensures the protection and wellbeing of its vulnerable children.
In order to improve the wellbeing of HIV-positive vulnerable children, the VCPC tested two changes: (1) start a Village Savings and Loan Association Group (VLSA) and (2) identify HIV-positive children and link them to care. As a result, vulnerable children with caregivers registered in the village saving group were able to access scholastic materials, regularly attend school and have at least three meals a day.
Another 25 children, whose caregivers were not registered in the VLSA, were able to access services through VCPC advocacy for vulnerable children. In addition, five HIV-positive children were newly identified and enrolled into HIV care.
Read the complete case study, “The role of Village Child Protection Committees to support vulnerable children with social services: A story from Katuba Village, Uganda” (authors: Esther Nassali, Juliana Nabwire, Esther Karamagi, and Mirwais Rahimzai).
September 27, 2016