Providing nutritional care and support for prison living with HIV/AIDS::
Providing nutritional care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS is an important part of caring at all stages of the disease. Prisoners should not be left out; so, working with Uganda Prison Service and our partners, we are feeding over 600 prisoners living with AIDS every day. Thrice a year, we donate 125Kgs to prisoners living with HIV&AIDS in Luzira Upper Prison. From the letters inmates write and our own assessment, we have discovered that inmates overreact to the effects of ARVs largely due to poor feeding, but with the Soya rich foodstuffs among other food supplements, their health has improved greatly.
The HIV/AIDS clients who have been benefiting from the food supplements have generally improved in their health status. This is verified by their general physical presentation, the reduced number of opportunistic infections reported by the health sector in the prison unit and the increased weight gain by those that were initially grossly emaciated.
There are prisoners who were on their deathbeds, but their health has been rejuvenated.
The inmates who had appetite loss, as a result of the High Protein maize floor have gained appetite to eat the other food that is served.
We need to increase on the variety of the food supplements, especially to counter the problem of constipation faced by the sick prisoners.
TESTIMONY :: FROM THE DAY I BEGAN TAKING SOYA I GAINED STRENGTH AND I CAN EVEN RAN.
The love that you have showed to prisoners living with HIV/AIDS has surely impressed me and the food supplements you give to prisoners made me really praise God. Before I started taking Soya, I used to fall sick so often, I was sick and weak. But From the day I began taking Soya I gained strength, and I can even ran.
So I pray to God to continue giving you more love so that you can do more.
Before I was 43 kgs, but now am 47kgs.
Above: A Prisons Officer and some Prisoners pose for a photo after receiving Soya
HIV & AIDS Training Programme
In partnership with Bible Society of Uganda through their Good Samaritan HIV/AIDS programme, we conduct HIV/AIDS training in Luzira Prison. We train HIV counselors who comprise dormitory/cell leaders, religious leaders and leaders of all main groups.The main aim of the trainings is to equip leaders with HIV& AIDS updates so that they can be better.
Wells of Hope in collaboration with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) and Uganda Prison Service, we carried out a one day sensitization training with one hundred inmate leaders in Luzira Upper Prison on 28th April 2016. The training was conducted by seventeen facilitators from Wells of Hope, TASO and Uganda Prison Service.
The training was conducted in four sessions which were facilitated by different people.