HIV/AIDS Prevention

The project design is contributing to the reduction of HIV/AIDS new infection in Uganda by developing prevention activities like condom distribution and education, voluntary counselling and testing, counselling and referral services. Through massive mobilization and sensitization on HIV/AIDs prevention issues in the entire community of Busia District. Communicate basic information about HIV/AIDs prevention that will help to create awareness and reduce risks attached to the disease.

Why HIV/AIDS prevention work

YES works with youths and women as the majority expanded reach in Eastern region and our aim is to empower Busia youths, women, girls and owners of social entertainment establishment to play an active role in promoting and protecting human rights of low income women working and serving in social entertainment establishments. As Government is incorporating massive political and social mobilization to address gender inequalities and sexual norms within the national response to HIV, that requires partners “to take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of health care in order to ensure, on basis of equality of men and women, access to health care services, including those related to family planning. This program is grounded in a commitment to protect the human rights of women and girls, and seek to empower them to protect themselves from infection. In many high way routes and cross border towns adolescent girls and women are at particularly at high risk of HIV.

Gender based violence, HIV/AIDS, Young girls and women

Gender based violence is among the top 3 human rights violations in the District ranking number. The abuse takes place in every context, in rural and urban public and private space and mainly among the married women and the sexually active low-income women working or serving in social entertainment establishments at the border, including freelance sex-workers.

The main predisposing factors blamed for these human rights violations include; socio-economic factors such as poverty in households, indulgence in commercial sex work, the low status of women including over dependency on men, illiteracy, and lack of formal education, and substance abuse especially alcoholism also have a big bearing to violence against women and HIV incidence rates in the border.

The role of YES in combating gender-based violence

YES is collaborating and networking with the general public to support actions to transform gender relations and promote new attitudes and behaviors among men and boys that support gender equality and to eliminate gender based related violence by supporting national efforts to end violence against women in Busia.