Life Skills Education and Counseling - Nabituluntu - Kivule Primariy School - Namutumba

Visit by Lorna Katagara on 2019-01-11

Report ID
Created by
Lorna Katagara
Created date
2019-01-14 07:18:19 UTC
Modified by
Lorna Katagara
Modified date
2019-01-15 04:02:42 UTC
Trip Time
10:18-17:30 (7 h 12 m)
Village Time
12:00-15:50 (3 h 50 m)
Travel Time
3 h 22 m

Current State

Participation Rating
Village Critical Needs
Village Action Steps
Staff Action Steps
Sanitation Hygiene Committee
Water Users Committee
Other Class Notes
Community Ownership
Ownership Story
They always sit together and solve issues affecting them. 
Three Stone Fires
Access to Clean Water
Open Defecation
Water Access Explain
Prevent Ownership
Allow Ownership
Village Notes

Life Skills Education and Counseling community lesson

Kivule Primariy School 
Lesson Taught
HIV/STDs and Mothers 
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
To know the different modes of Mother to child Transmission and how to prevent transmitting the virus to the baby.
Introduction Lorna went to this village to continue with the topic Women and HIV/AIDS. Overview Since his was the first time meeting with the community since this year begun, it was not going to be very comprehensive. It’s a dry season now and it is too hot in the villages but a good time to attend meetings since the community is not very busy in their gardens. After waiting for sometime , the community members came to the meeting. Paul who stood in for the chairman addressed the community and thanked the community members for responding to his call after he mobilized them but also urged them to get out of their comfort zone if they wanted development in their lives. He then asked everyone to shake hands and wish each other a happy new year before inviting Lorna to go ahead with her lesson. An opening prayer was said and Lorna was invited to teach them. Lorna started by asking anyone to remind her of where they had stopped before breaking up previously in the last year. Some members remembered although others did not. Lorna applauded those that remembered and encouraged the community members not to leave what is taught to them at the meeting place but to carry it forward for their own benefit. Lorna previously looked at why women were more at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS more than their counterparts. In today’s lesson however, Lorna looked at Mother to Child Transmission. Here they talked about the ways in which the mother passes HIV/AIDS to her child and they looked at the 3 ways; through breastfeeding as Breastmilk contains the HIV virus and therefore, the mother is encouraged to exclusively breast feed the baby for 6 months although WHO is recommending that for one year throughout the breastfeeding, the mother or child should take their medication throughout this whole period. The second way was during pregnancy, here the child can get the virus while in the uterus. It can come about during labor, when the mother hurts herself/stomach. The third was during birth when the child is exposed to the mothers blood and her bodily fluids during delivery. One lady in the group also mentioned that women should avoid mixed feeding during this time as it increases the chance of the baby getting the HIV virus. Mixed feeding is giving the baby breast milk as well as formula. Therefore the advise to pregnant mothers living with HIV/AIDS is to take their medications both during pregnancy and birth. Lorna also mentioned some people who still chew food and feed their babies and Lorna asked if this still happens. Some said it does still happens however, the reason for not doing this is to prevent the possibility of infecting the child. One man then also posed a question that does it therefore mean that even when one has no wounds and does the same thing, she can still pass the virus?. One lady asked to respond to this she asked the man whether he had ever brushed his teeth and spat blood? The man said yes. Another man added that this was also for health purposes. Lorna also agreed with this man that the chances here are low but also like the previous member said that some of these measures are health concerns. Lorna asked if there were any other questions. One woman asked that is it possible for one person in a marriage to have HIV and the other doesn’t and also produce HIV negative children?. Since they had learnt about this Lorna asked one member to answer this and a volunteer did answer that there is a medication that is given to either of them while the other partner also continues with their medication and are monitored during this time. Another member asked that was it true that while testing for HIV the blood is only drawn from the foot. This was however refuted by everyone. Another member asked why is it that men don’t want to test for HIV. Lorna said for a number of reasons and one of them is because they are scared of their life after they discover their status, the consequences, rejection among others. However sometimes it’s also selfish interests and if one is concerned about the matters affecting their family, then they will do this for the benefit of their family. She added counseling also helps but that is pointless for one partner to get tested while the other is not. Conclusion Lorna thanked the members for coming and encouraged them to call onto others that did not come to also come to the meetings. She added that they should also share with them what they had studied in this lesson and the previous lessons. 

Next Visit: 2019-01-18 - Purpose: Teach HIV prevention/Disease Progression and positive behavior

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5375 Some of the women in attendance.