AVSI began operations in northern Uganda in 1984, focusing on education, economic empowerment and livelihoods, health, disability, HIV and AIDS, nutrition, child protection, energy, sanitation and hygiene, emergencies.

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AVSI remained a direct supporter of communities and partner organizations throughout the two-decade civil conflict in the northern regions of the country, demonstrating commitment and capacity to adapt to volatile circumstances. Today, through public and private partnerships, AVSI engages with private sector players, government and communities to build capacity of children, youths and households across Uganda through a comprehensive family-centered approach that builds resilience and contributes to sustainable development, responding to the real needs of people.

Since 1986, AVSI has remained committed to ensuring the protection, health, education, shelter, livelihoods and other living conditions of refugees and host communities to help them become protagonists, even in their circumstances. AVSI’s established and coordinated emergency response mechanisms enable our interventions to cope with unforeseen humanitarian crises. The case-by-case emergency planning and trained personnel ready for immediate deployment to the field is a strong competency AVSI holds to manage emergencies.

Bringing smiles to faces of women living with HIV: Beatrice’s story. “My husband and I did not imagine that, infected with HIV, I would give birth to an HIV-free baby” Beatrice, as she narrates her story with poise. Mindful of their health status, 30 year old Beatrice Ajok and her husband agreed not to have one more child. The mother of three felt distressed when she found out she had conceived. Richard did not stay away from his wife. He supported Beatrice. Terminating the pregnancy was no option even when the couple believed that their child might be infected at birth. The nurse Beatrice met at the health facility was reassuring: she encouraged Beatrice to report for the next antenatal visit and also enroll in a Family Support Group at Puranga Health Center III in Pader District where she met mothers with comparable stories. In their group, the women met weekly and were taught life skills, savings and investment expertise, and also accessed healthcare. “the group enabled me to save money, get my drugs in time and also complete my checkups. I gave birth at a health facility and the baby is healthy and HIV free”. Puranga Health Center III is one of 249 health facilities (hospitals, HC IV, HC III and HC II) where AVSI provides maternal, new born, child health and nutrition services. #worldaidsday #aids #hiv #baby #newborn #africans #africanbaby #africanportraits #africanstories #everydayafrica #uganda #kampala #africanchild #africanmother #eyesofchildrenaroundtheworld

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