In Uganda many communities are rurally isolated without medical help being easily available. In these conditions, people can live months or even years without knowledge of, or essential treatment for, serious conditions such as HIV.
The UN estimate that 1.4 million people in Uganda are carriers of the illness (60% of whom are women), often with little or no idea that they have it, how it can be contracted, of the symptoms, or how to access treatment.
For many, outreach from programmes that go to their communities are the only way to receive testing and arrange for the vital treatment so that they can continue to care for their families and take active part in their communities.
Uganda is one of only two countries (UNAIDS Gap report 2015) in Africa in which HIV is on the rise, and action is desperately needed to curb this trend.
A single test costs just 3000 UGX (£0.63 or $0.81), and each day we aim to test between 50 and 100 people. Your donation could help someone get peace of mind, or get them onto a treatment programme if they need it. With your help, we can continue crucial work to arrange outreach programmes to communities in real need, and train and educate people in the region to help combat HIV.
Agnes and Lucas will be going to Uganda in December 2019 to work on the HIV outreach and would massively appreciate your support so they can get as many supplies as possible!