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Interventions to mitigate gender-based violence: Experiences from Uganda

Alex Mugume, Uganda Programme for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD)
Beatrice Muwa, Uganda Programme for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD)
Josephine Kasaija, Uganda Programme for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD)
Lydia Buzaalirwa, Uganda Programme for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD)
Peter Kintu, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

Gender-based violence (GBV) has been identified as a major set back to the implementation of PMTCT programs. Sero-prevalence studies report HIV prevalence lower in men than women in Uganda. JSI/UPHOLD, a USAID-funded program, provided technical support to civil society organizations and local drama groups on GBV prevention including training in music dance and drama performances and conducting community dialogue. HIV-positive pregnant women and their spouses were supported to form family support groups (FSGs) and facilitated to engage in peer counseling. An increase from 222 to 1,837 of women being tested and counseled together was reported in areas where local MDD troupes had conducted community mobilization. FGDs revealed that inclusion of males in FSGs improved male involvement in PMTCT services and spousal disclosure of sero-status. Addressing GBV through MDD at community level contributes to improving couple counseling as a proxy indicator for positive behavioral change in the fight against HIV transmission.

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Presented in Poster Session 3