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

Visit by Lorna Katagara on 2020-11-16

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Created by
Lorna Katagara
Created date
2020-11-17 09:17:11 UTC
Modified by
Lorna Katagara
Modified date
2020-11-17 13:22:36 UTC
Trip Time
10:20-17:30 (7 h 10 m)
Village Time
13:00-15:00 (2 h 0 m)
Travel Time
5 h 10 m

Life Skills Education and Counseling community lesson

Kivule Primariy School 
Lesson Taught
Disease Progression and Positive Behaviour,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
By the end of the lesson, participants know the different signs specific of HIV /AIDS specific to women. By the end of the lesson, participants will understand the different stages of HIV/AIDS under disease progression.
Introduction Lorna went here to teach on women and HIV/AIDS and Disease progression and positive behavior. This lesson is taught so that the women can be aware of the specific signs related to them concerning HIV, why the women and girls are more at risk to getting this virus compared to the male counterparts as well as to know the different stages HIV progresses. Overview The road to Nabikenge is terrible because it’s been raining but on arrival, the community members were waiting for her. She introduced herself and sent greetings from Manuela and thereafter they did a review of the previous lesson which was on mother to child transmission. After this, Lorna introduced the topic of the day that is; women and HIV /AIDS and Disease progression and positive behavior. Lorna mentioned that there are different signs specific to women concerning HIV/AIDS which differentiate from the normal signs associated with HIV. Lorna asked the group to mention some of these signs but they mentioned the normal signs but also mentioned that these days the signs are not so evident since there are medications now. Lorna mentioned the signs which were; recurrent yeast infection, recurrent abdominal pain, cervix cancer ; wounds in the vaginal area. Also we looked at signs related to children like; enlarged spleen or liver, stunted growth, white spots in the mouth. Lorna however mentioned to the community that someone having these signs may not necessarily mean that one is infected but it is important to still get checked up. After this we looked at the various reasons why women are at more risk of getting or contracting HIV compared to men. Some of the responses were “obwegombi” that is women admire a lot of things and sometimes these things require sex in exchange. Lorna thanked them for their response and added a few other reasons why and these reasons were divided into biological and social reasons. Biological like; women’s mucous membrane being larger than that of the men thus exposing them to more fluids, also the women’s vagina is more open compared to the men, young girls especially especially virgins who have never engaged in sex risk tearing hence creating port of entry, women that use dry substance to dry out their vagina also risk tearing, also because the female organ is internal, one may not realize they have sores from STDs hence risking contracting HIV. After this Lorna introduced disease progression where she mentioned to the group they HIV has different stages in which it is developed before it gets to AIDs. We looked at ; 1. The Window period which is the stage between infection and the time enough antibodies show up positive for the virus. This could take up to 2 weeks, 3-6 months. At this stage the person is the most infectious and is advised not to engage into sexual practices. 2. The second stage is the Incubation whereby this is the period between infection to when one develops signs and symptoms connected to HIV. This can take up to 16years or more. At this stage if one does not take care of themselves well, they will develop AIDS but if they take care of themselves they will progress to the third stage Honey moon stage. 3.The Honey moon stage is that stage where the body and the virus are harmoniously leaving well together . Here the viral load is low and the antibodies is high. The person is also less infections even when it comes to a breast feeding mother chances of passing in the virus in the milk is less. Conclusion In conclusion, we looked at the cofactors which are those things that make a person living with HiV get suck faster. The community mentioned not taking their medicine, having a lot of thoughts, not getting enough rest, not eating a balanced diet, drinking and smoking a lot among others. The community was appreciative of the lesson especially for the stages that they did not know. Lorna also appreciated them for coming and left for Jinja. 
Next Visit
2020-11-25 - Purpose: Cure and treatment of HIV/AIDS
Program Success
Program Critical Needs
Program Ownership
Community participation
Other Program Observations
Program Expected Of Village
Call the village to mobilise
Program Staff Preparations Next Visit
Prepare notes for the next meeting

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