Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative (ROM)
Country of Operation
- Mbuya ParishNot-for-profit
- MAKERE UNIVERSITY (School of Public Health)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryDue to Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative (ROM), services are extended closer to the parish by establishing satellite sites within the population to ease access for ever growing number of people requiring HIV/AIDS services enabling work among the vulnerable and poor.
This program aims at having a community free of new cases of HIV and to curb the further spread of HIV infection among the less privileged members of society. In addition, ROM hopes to enable those already infected and affected by HIV and AIDS to live a positive, responsible and dignified life.
Key program components
ROM provides counseling, treatment, HIV testing and psychological support to children affected by HIV/AIDS as well as TB screening and has in place an Adherence Support Section to ensure close monitoring of clients taking antiretroviral treatment and Tuberculosis drugs. Additionally, the program promotes the Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission(PMTCT) The program focuses on educating individuals and the community about HIV and AIDS and provides a holistic care which cares for the body and mind of those who are already infected and their families. The community needs to restore hope to the hopeless and good health to the sick. The Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) was also initiated to provide subsidized loans to staff, clients and elderly guardians affected/infected with HIV and AIDS in the urban setting of operation to ensure a certain level of financial independence.
Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative (ROM) is a Community Faith-Based Non-Government Organization (NGO), that was founded under Our Lady of Africa Catholic Church Mbuya by Parish Priest Fr. Joseph Archetti and Dr. Magrethe Junker to provide HIV prevention, care treatment and support services to the urban poor persons living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) within the service area of Mbuya Catholic Parish and now in Kasaala-Luweero district through a holistic model of care which cares for the body, mind, family, and community needs of clients to restore hope to the hopeless and good health to the sick.
This program serves 3,450 clients, 2,006 of whom are on ART.