Market Vendors AIDS Project (MAVAP)
Country of Operation
- United Market Vendors AssociationNot-for-profit
- Development Initiatives International (DIINot-for-profit
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryThe program implements an HIV service model where all related services are provided by leaders and peer educators that are equipped with the skills and tools to facilitate the HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and intervention with in the market vendor population.
MAVAP hopes to establish treatment networks and a referral system in order to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in the project area and using the Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use (ABC) strategy together with programs targeting women and youths to prevent and intervene in the spread of the epidemic.
Key program components
MAVAP focuses on the sensitization of the market communities about HIV/AIDS through trained peer educators, use of the vendors voice, TV and video, as well as networking with other HIV/AIDS service organizations, to assist the market community in accessing services that are not catered for under MAVAP (e.g access to treatment with Antiretroviral (ARVs) through the Uganda Cares clinic at St. Balikuddembe market). Additionally, MVAP will be continually assessing risky behavior and environment that contributes to contracting HIV in the market workplace and looking for ways to mitigate the impact of HIV through open discussions. An ARV Treatment Centre was opened in the market in 2005 and by July 2006, 1,423 clients had been registered at the clinic at St. Balikuddembe Market; of the registered clients, 601 are already on ART.
MAVAP is an initiative by the vendors that addresses issues relating to HIV/AIDS awareness prevention, care and support in market workplaces. It is a follow up to a pilot HIV/AIDS project that was implemented at St. Balikuddembe market in 2003 / 2004.