Life Skills Education and Counseling - Kigalama - Kigalama Primary School - Namutumba

Visit by Lorna Katagara on 2018-11-28

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Created by
Lorna Katagara
Created date
2018-11-28 09:51:52 UTC
Modified by
Lorna Katagara
Modified date
2018-11-29 04:14:03 UTC
Trip Time
10:07-18:00 (7 h 53 m)
Village Time
12:14-15:45 (3 h 31 m)
Travel Time
4 h 22 m

Current State

Participation Rating
Village Critical Needs
In this section a borehole 
Village Action Steps
Staff Action Steps
Sanitation Hygiene Committee
Water Users Committee
Other Class Notes
Community Ownership
Ownership Story
Three Stone Fires
Access to Clean Water
Open Defecation
Water Access Explain
Prevent Ownership
They are quite laid back 
Allow Ownership
Village Notes

Life Skills Education and Counseling community lesson

Kigalama Primary School 
Lesson Taught
HIV/STDs Prevention 
Girls Attended
Boys Attended
Total Student Attendance
Teachers Attended
Fathers Attended
Mothers Attended
Total Parent Attendance
Staff Attendees
Lorna Katagara 
Government Attendees
School Staff Attendees
Life Skills Teacher 
Visitor Attendees
Total Attendance
Learning Objectives
- Identify symptoms of four STDs - To know how having an STD puts one at risk of getting HIV
Introduction Lorna went to this village to teach about the relationship between STDs and HIV/AIDS. Overview Lorna started the lesson by reviewing the previous lesson on the immune system as she realized that on the previous visit, the community members did not fully understand. She did this by repeating the elephant game where she used the young girls and boys who were present and instructed them on what to do. The game is about how our immune system fights diseases through the white blood cells. In the game they were able to see that we are often affected by diseases but our immune system is able to fight these diseases despite the fact that we may get sick in the process but eventually get better. This is however different when our immune system is attacked by the HIV virus. When this happens it weakens our immune system and whatever opportunistic infection attacks the body if not treated immediately can lead to death. Lorna asked that at the end of the lesson whether it was AIDs that killed the person this point or the opportunistic diseases. The members said the diseases would have been responsible for killing the person. Lorna thanked the children for being present and wanting to learn and asked the community members to clap for them. After this review Lorna started on the lesson of the day the relationship between STDs and HIV/ AIDS. Lorna asked the community members what are some of the STDs they know of , and they mentioned ; syphillis, gonorrhea , herpes simplex. Lorna thanked them for their response and then asked them what the various signs and symptoms of these diseases were. For syphillis they mentioned pain while passing urine , they mentioned pus like fluids coming from both the male and female genital area. Lorna added that symptoms usually show 2-14 days after exposure, possible sterility, swelling of the testicles among others. Symptoms of gonorrhea mentioned were ; sores of unknown origin on the genitals, non itching rash on the pores and soles of the feet , hair loss, fever and chills, possible death if not treated. When they reached herpes simplex commonly known as “Ekisipi”, they looked at small painful blisters on the mouth, symptoms recurring after stress and also it having no cure. Lorna then added and mentioned that the relationship between HIV /AIDS and these STDs is that, for example with syphillis, the sores expands the port of entry making it easy for HIV to enter the body. In gonorrhea having a discharge means that more white blood cells are present since, white blood cells are hosts for HIV/AIDS. Conclusion Lorna concluded by urging the community members to carry out checkups for STDs and that if anyone is diagnised with one they should ensure, that they complete their dose. This she meant for both a husband and wife as the reason why some people say these STDs don’t cure is because only one of them is undergoing treatment. 

Next Visit: 2018-12-12 - Purpose: Teach on women and HIV/AIDS

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