There are currently 1.5 million people in Uganda living with HIV, but many lack the care and support necessary to survive, which leads to the deaths of 28,000 Ugandans annually. HIV attacks the cells in the immune system, destroying our body’s natural defence against illness. Antiretroviral therapy can save lives as it stops the HIV virus from attacking the cells of the immune system. An early diagnosis means the patient can start the antiretroviral treatments early which allows the immune system to maintain its strength to fight off infections and diseases. To reach an HIV-free Uganda, Keep a Child Alive partners with Alive Medical Services in Kampala, Uganda to provide life-saving healthcare through free HIV testing and free antiretroviral treatment.
Stigma and discrimination have been constant barriers to HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment in Uganda, so many people living with HIV still do not have access to the life-saving HIV treatment. Only 73% of adults and 66% of children diagnosed with HIV in Uganda are on antiretroviral treatment, which means 27% of adults and 34% of children are facing a severe deterioration of their immune system and inevitable death. This can be prevented by taking medication, saving hundreds of thousands of people and creating an AIDS free generation.
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KCA has a mission to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children, young people, adults and families around the world, with a focus on combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV/AIDS.
We work shoulder-to-shoulder with front-line activists, global partners and communities across the world to provide vulnerable children and young people with the necessary resources, confidence and opportunities to reach their full potential and live healthier, happier lives.