Hundreds attend FoG’s free health services in Aber Ginnery

Some of the women line up for FoG's HTC last Sunday in Aber Ginnery. Photo by Stephen Omara

Aber, Oyam – With their catchphrase “Bridging the Gap”, Friends of Goodwill [FoG] on Sunday 27th October 2019 extended their health campaign to the people of Aber Ginnery, in Aber sub-county, Oyam District.

FoG’s steadfast team and other partners such as Peace Corp and Atapara hospital offered various services for free to over 200 beneficiaries.

Currently, FoG is operating a project titled: “Strengthening HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Care for HIV-Positive Young People in Kamdini Sub-County and Surrounding Areas.” This project is funded by the American Government under PEPFAR/ USAID.

Late last month – in Aber Ginnery youth and elders received health services like free HIV/AIDS testing and counselling, referrals for those found positive, distribution of free condoms, among other services.    

Emmanuel Eyoko, Health Educator for Aber and Kamdini sub-counties said the drivers of HIV/AIDS spread are in Kamdini.

He added that men in uniforms and truck drivers are the group of people making Kamdini unsafe – and with high HIV/AIDS prevalence.

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“Truck drivers from all corners of Africa come and stop in Kamdini,” he added.

He also cited cross-generational sex where a young boy go for an old woman [sugar mummy] and young girl going for an old man as being one of the major spread of HIV/AIDS in Aber and Kamdini.

A peer educator gives condoms to some youths in Aber Ginnery on Sunday. Photo by Stephen Omara.

In addition Mr Eyoko also mentioned the recent sex ritual practices by sex workers in Kamdini where they dump foetuses like rotten cabbage, the existence synohydro power dam workers he says are “all over the area as the fastest driver of HIV/AIDS in the area”.

The health educator advised those tested and are free from HIV never to be jubilant but to seek prevention methods such as use of condom properly and frequently.

He also advised those with HIV/ADIS to be too close with FoG, revealing that “they will be helped to get proper medical care”.

Geoffrey Ogwal, the Oyam’s District Community Development Officer [DCDO] said there are various programs being implemented by Oyam district amongst them; Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program [UWEP] that gives loan to group of women at no interest.

He said income that remains in the hands of women do a lot of things than the one in pockets of men. Mr Ogwal argued women to be good mothers and give good morals to their children.

Emmanuel Eyoko who is also a national trainer in sanitary pads making, assured the people that plans are underway to secure funding to teach women on how to make reusable sanitary pads.

Jayme Louis, Peace Corps Volunteer and Health Coordinator with FoG thanked the people of Aber for welcoming her [them] and offering comfort.

Ms Louis promised to offer her due support to the people of Aber in any health related issues, especially reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, malaria amongst others.

As a representative of Peace Corps, “I’m ready to work with FoG’s peer educators and champions of change to see that HIV spread is reduced. In addition I also pledge to reach down and ensure that knowledge and awareness about malaria, reproductive health is availed to the communities because that’s what I’m there for,” she added.

Jayme Louis speaking to people of Aber Ginnery last Sunday. Photo by Stephen Omara.

FoG is also promoting Raising Family Project’ with support from the Government of Denmark, and also education sponsorship project where children who are unable to obtain school fees are helped to gain proper education from lower level to higher levels.

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