Country of Operation
- International Medical FoundationNot-for-profit
- National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda (NACWOLA)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryThe Yer Yoykom project aims to contribute toward prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/Aids through increasing access to, and demand for, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
HIV prevelance in Lira and Dokolo Districts, of Northern Uganda is about 80 percent, 60 percent being women. Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in these two districts is limited. The Yer Yotkom project aims to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/Aids and to increase access to integrated SRH services for men, women and youth in these two districts.
Key program components
Yer Yotkom translates: ‘Choose Health’ in Lango, the language spoken in parts of Northern Uganda. The Project provides an integrated model of community and clinic based services in SRH in two areas: prevention of HIV and reproductive health. Prevention of HIV is addressed through empowering community members, 80% HIV positive, to provide primary HIV prevention and SRH information, education and communication (IEC) to their peers. Reproductive health services are provided through clinical and outreach provision of family planning accompanied by SRH IEC, with strong referral linkages to HIV and STI testing and treatment services, with targeted sessions for people living with HIV ( PLWHIV) and other high-risk groups. The project delivers community involvement through peer-to-peer teaching, expert patients, and community consultation teams. The project has a patient-focus strategy which uses community score cards, community feedback sessions, ‘expert patients’, and capacity building with all providers with an approach grounded in patient empowerment and patient-provider dialogue.
The Yer Yotkom Project came as an idea borne out of both IMF & NACWOLA responding to gaps and needs identified on the ground. The project is in the 1st year of implementation and is funded for a total of 3 years. The program serves approximately 600 patients per month with family planning & HIV prevention services in its facility. There are also weekly outreaches in the communities of the Lira and Dokolo districts.