Home Care Nsambya

Home Care Nsambya

PROJECT CODE:   UPA/MLTV 02

Background  As a religious based institution founded and managed by Franciscan sisters, Nsambya Home Care responded to the AIDS scourge in 1987. There was overcrowding in the hospital wards hence the opening of a separate department for AIDS patients. Rooms were eventually put up for counseling to ensure confidentiality. The very weak clients who were not getting better were Home visited in their Homes by a doctor, nurse and a counselor. In 1987 a total no of 327 clients were registered. The numbers increased as years went on different interventions were put in place to respond to challenges that copped up. These including creating out outreach clinics, Behavioral Change programs, Pediatric Counselling, Income Generating Activities, Youth forum for the youth, Pastoral care services, Education for life programs, AIDS sensitization programs and involvement of client volunteers in the program. To date Home Care has more than 10,000 active clients involving children
Aim The project aims at bringing medical, nursing, Psycho-social counseling and Pastoral Care to many poor people living with AIDS. To relieve their anxiety and suffering thus prolong and give meaning to their lives.
Activities
  • Outreach clinics,
  • Behavior Change programs,
  • Pediatric Counselling,
  • Income Generating Activities,
  • Youth forum for the youth,
  • Pastoral care services,
  • Education for life programs,
  • AIDS sensitization programs and involvement of client volunteers in the program.
Volunteer task 
  • Home visits to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Counseling
  • Treatment of patients
  • Campaigns against HIV/AIDS
  • Sessions for children living with HIV/AIDS.
Volunteer qualities 
  • Willing to work long hours and on Weekends.
  • Willing to play and interact with children including those living with HIV/AIDS
  • Emotional strong. The volunteer will experience people in all stages of HIV/AIDS which can be emotional challenging
  • Volunteers with medical background or profession are a priority.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs X
Working hours The working hours are from 08:00 to 17:00. the volunteer will take the weekend off to travel around
Transport One can take a mini bus from Nansana to Kampala and Kampala to Nsambya. It takes 1 hour to get to Home care Nsambya, and will cost about 4000 Uganda shilling to and from.
Accommodation UPA Guesthouse in Nansana
Comments from UPA Placement that will help volunteers learn and understand the effects of HIV/AIDS. The placement also requires a volunteer ready to tolerate the burden of congested traffic jam through Kampala in mainly the rush hours.
Communication Most people can speak basic English.
Past Volunteers Japan and Israel
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