The most obvious success has been the reduction in the number of people who have been tested to be HIV positive. This has fallen from 26% at the beginning of the project to 9% at the end of 2011. Overall, 18% of people tested from December 2006 to 2011 were HIV positive. This HIV rate is high compared to the national average of 6.7%.
Since the project started the community members and peer educators report a general improvement in the communities’ attitude towards health and hygiene. Additionally, staff, patients and peer educators report that there has been an overall reduction in the stigma towards HIV since the beginning of the project.
The education in schools is also beginning to have an effect as children are now aware of the social problems in their area. Hopefully this will have a positive effect in the future.
An obvious indication of the success of the project is the expansion that has occurred since its establishment. The most recent of these is the HIPS funded training in long-term family planning, which occurred over the last week in July 2011. This allowed the staff and other nurses from the area to gain experience in educating, counselling, prescribing contraception and inserting implants. This demonstrates the more comprehensive healthcare that is now being provided by the project.
- KCCL, HIPS and IMF Project in Kasese – Case Study 1 (suubitrust.org.uk)
- Communities Being Served – KCCL, HIPS and IMF (suubitrust.org.uk)
- IMF Working with Kasese Cobalt Company Limited: Update (suubitrust.org.uk)