Life Skills Education and Counseling - Mpumiro - Mpumiro Primary School

Visit by lorna katagara on 2021-05-26

Report ID
Created by
Irene Nakibirango
Created date
2021-05-27 09:07:21 UTC
Modified by
Lorna Katagara
Modified date
2021-06-01 13:33:56 UTC
Trip Time
22:30-17:30 (-5 h 0 m)
Village Time
13:30-15:40 (2 h 10 m)
Travel Time
-8 h 50 m

Life Skills Education and Counseling community lesson

Mpumiro Primary School 
Lesson Taught
Disease Progression and Positive Behaviour 
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 the community knows what influences behavior change and what an HIV Person can do to avoid getting themselves sick and live longer; that is what behaviors should they drop.
Introduction Lorna went to this village of Mpumiro to teach on HIV/AIDS and behavior change. Behavior change as it says in itself is the changing of ones behavior for the better. It is therefore important that persons with HIV adopt certain kind of behaviors so as to live longer. Overview Lorna waited for sometime as the community members made their way to the meeting place. After they have arrived, the meeting started with an opening prayer from Pastor Don and thereafter opening remarks from the chairman and then the meeting begun. Lorna started by greeting the community members and still talked about the time thing and they told Lorna to forgive them but it will be better next time. We started the meeting by reminding ourselves of the previous lesson . Lorna asked anyone to remind the group of the previous group and Tumuhaise mentioned that we looked at Rights of persons living with HIV. Lorna asked what were those rights and they mentioned the right to good food, right to freedom of association, right to medication, right to be loved, to marry among others. One man added fair treatment of children and urged parents to treat their children the same even though there is one who has HIV to care for them. At this point the chairman asked wonT the other children feel terrible that the other child is loved more than them because attention is being given so much to the other child. Lorna pushed it back to community and asked what should you do in such a situation to ensure all the children feel loved and equally treated. One woman said counsel them and everyone agreed . Lorna added that the parents can bring the children together and make them understand what HIV is and that their brother or sister was born with it and together they need to take care of them because if they don’t, they will get sick or even die . The parents go ahead and tell them what precautions to take but love their brother or sister very much and take care of them. After this , Lorna introduced the topic of the day HIV and Behavior change. We started by defining Behavior change in Lusitania where we got it as “eneyisa”. Lorna asked whether it is easy for one to change a behavior or to adapt . Some said no while others said yes. Pastor said it’s easy and hard at the same time whereby it’s easy when you guide the person and they listen and follow what is being said. He gave an example of parents who saw that their children coming back late in the night was okay and then later realized their lives can be at risk and in danger and decide to change the time so as the child to come back earlier than before. They can reinforce this kind of behavior change by telling them that they can get raped or killed in the dark giving examples of stories of other people referring to what happened to them , or denying them food or tell them if they can’t come back on time to build their own house. The child will be left thinking on those conditions which will make them think twice about coming home late because they have a lot to loose. Lorna also mentioned sometimes people are used to a certain kind of behavior that until they see the positive results and accept that for sure they need to change they will stick to that one they are used to. Lorna gave an example of a person who doesn’t see the value of a latrine can still build it and not use it. Something in his mid needs to be triggered for him to see the good of a latrine and begin to use it. We went ahead and looked at factors that influence behavior change and again pastor Don was at the top of the discussion where he mentioned friends ; if one has a group of friends that behave in a certain way , behave a certain way, they are more likely to bend towards that kind of behavior. Lorna asked they clap for him. Lorna was so impressed because it was almost like Lorna shared the lesson with him it was impressive. We also looked at the community for example if the community accepts certain kinds of behaviors like it’s normal for children getting married when young, pregnant when young they won’t see a problem with that until they are triggered that it is not lawful for this to happen. Culture also influences behavior like women not making decisions, condoms are not safe, marrying many women was pride which would put one at risk of HIV. After this we looked at certain behaviors of persons living with HIV that need to change so that they live longer. The community mentioned they need to get enough rest, they need to eat a balanced diet, they need to stop taking alcohol, use condoms for sex or Abstain from sex, follow the treatment plan, be faithful to one partner, treat all sexually transmitted diseases among others. Lorna then added that another way for one to person to change their behavior is to accept that ,that behavior is not going to lead them anywhere and others change behavior basing on the positive and negative results . After this Lorna asked the community members to pair up and tell each other what behaviors they need to change or adopt to see that they keep themselves and their families safe. Lorna gave the community members 10 minutes and after that each of them present whatever they have discussed to the whole group. All the group members managed to participate and these were some of their reasons; to immediately get tested for HIV to know their status, to use condoms to not only protect against HIV but against Sexually transmitted diseases , others said they would know better if they tested and found out that them or their partner was sick what to do. Others said remain faithful to one partner, Nussura mentioned she and her family are going to have a talk concerning how they can keep themselves healthy as a family and go ahead and talk to the children, be faithful to one partner, not sleeping around, giving birth in the hospital, avoid alcohol among others. Conclusion Lorna thanked the community members for coming to the meeting and asked that whatever they mentioned to make sure they put it in practice. The chairman thanked the community members for coming and asked them to take every thing they are learning seriously. 
Next Visit
2021-06-02 - Purpose: Teach on Discondant couples and thus will be the last lesson under HIV because this was requested by the community .
Program Success
The community members requested that Lorna bring them testing kits for HIV/AIDS.
Program Critical Needs
Communication skills
Program Ownership
Community participation
Other Program Observations
Program Expected Of Village
Each one bring someone to the meeting.
Program Staff Preparations Next Visit
Call prior, prepare notes to teach

Report Photos

19719 Nussura and Shamim presenting to the community members what they will do to see that their families are protected from HIV/AIDS . The behaviors they need to let go
19722 Nabirye on the left mentioned that her and husband will go testing regularly and if she finds out her husband is HIV positive she will choose to stay and take care of him.