(BAGCI) in Kajjansi, Uganda

Brigding A Gap Community Initiative (BAGCI) in Kajjansi, Uganda

In 2019, an estimated 1.5 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, approximately 180,000 are children. While there are political and cultural barriers limiting access to HIV treatment, over 80% of adults living with HIV are on treatment but only 65% of children are able to access treatment. Many children have been orphaned by HIV and many others remain undiagnosed.

In the South-East town of Kajjansi, which is about a thirty-minute drive from Entebbe International Airport, via the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, and about the same amount of time from the capital city of Kampala, the HIV prevalence rate is as high as 6%. Annual new HIV infections are supposed rise rapidly in the future, and many more people are expected to die this year because of disruptions caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

In October 2016, AiDS Orphan teamed up with Bridging A Gap Community Initiative (BAGCI), in Kajjansi, to work together to start an early childhood development centre (ECD), to help provide much needed nutrition and education through play, for vulnerable children living in an informal settlement in the area. Since then, AiDs Orphan has provided ongoing support for the ECD centre, as well as contributed to the construction of the BAGCI community centre. Once completed the community centre will be a major resource for the whole Kajjansi community, providing a host of activities for children, technological skills for community and acting as a satellite health centre. It is more important than ever before, to continue to support community efforts like BAGCI, because of the financial damage the COVID pandemic has done to already vulnerable communities like Kajjansi.

We want to make a plea for financial donations, to help identify more children living with HIV through testing, and to help them access HIV treatment as soon as possible. Additionally, we would like to make sure that children get the food nutrition they need, as well as the quality of education they deserve, through the provision of technology and technological skills. Finally, AiDS Orphan also wants to make sure that the BAGCI Community Centre is completed in 2021, so that children can have a safe space to access all the services that have been highlighted, to enable them to have a better quality of life.

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