AOET Rural Health Initiative
Country of Operation
- AIDS Orphan Education Trust (AOET)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryAOET operates a pharmacy and mobile clinics with nurses, doctors, clinical officers and counselors providing treatment, counseling and home based care for people suffering from HIV/AIDS in 63 different villages.
Uganda is at the heart of the sub-Saharan HIV/AIDS pandemic and is home to more than 1 million AIDS orphans, with rural areas greatly lacking in services and HIV/AIDS awareness. AOET Rural Health initiative was started to help with the treatment and counseling of both the infected and affected HIV/AIDS victims, especially those living in rural communities.
Key program components
AOET operates a mobile clinic that visits the rural villages twice a week to provide medical access to locals through counseling, screening and treatment. AOET also recruits and trains community-based representatives to continue the follow-up with counseling and to carry out home visits and provide medical care to those living with AIDS. Awareness programs are provided through educational films, music and drama (usually conducted by people living with HIV/AIDS) at the community level, to schools and institutions, and at the personal level by giving information about HIV/AIDS, dispelling myths and teaching preventive measures that can be used to curb the spread of the disease.