Contributing to HIV/AIDS and STIs prevention and control among Youths in schools (CHIPS-Project)
Over the years, the Uganda HIV prevention response has registered considerable progress bringing down HIV prevalence from as high as 18% in the general population during the 1990s to 6% in 2016. Despite these achievements, challenges remain, including high levels of new infections among adolescent girls and young women, and low involvement of men in HIV programs.
As a result, HIV remains a major challenge and it continues to impact negatively on the realization of Uganda’s Vision 2040 of becoming “a transformed society from a peasant to a modern prosperous country’
In Uganda, stigma and the resulting shame, denial, discrimination, inaction, mis-actions and violations of other human rights are major barriers to effective national responses to HIV. Specifically, stigma and discrimination undermine HIV prevention efforts by making PLHIV or people at risk afraid to seek HIV information, take up prevention as well as treatment services and failure to disclose their HIV status.
The goal of CHIPS project aims to contribute to reduction on the prevalence of HIV and other STIs among youths in schools in Uganda. The project focus is to create awareness and make screening services and information accessible about effects of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among young people in schools.