Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Strengthening community response to HIV in Uganda


Georgie Walakira, Secretary of the PLHIV Group, Kalangala Island, Uganda, 2008 (c) Nell freeman for the Alliance

This week the Alliance will be presenting the findings of its Ugandan Networks Project at the Irish Forum for Global Health.

Uganda has experienced rapid growth in networked groups of people living with HIV. In this context, the Alliance implemented the Networks Project (2006–2009), a USAID funded project which aimed to strengthen and expand networks of people living with HIV. It used a community mobilisation approach in which Network Support Agents provided counselling and adherence support in communities and health centres.

The aims of this qualitative study were to explore the benefits of joining a networked group from the perspective of people living with HIV; relationships between groups; the impact of networked groups on the community, and how the networks shaped private and public experience of living with HIV.

You can find out more about the results of the study in this poster.

Read more about how many of the networks are still going strong even though the project has ended.