Community Health Empowerment Relief Agency (CHEDRA)

Areas of work

This project provides community support and outreach to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Masaka region.

Moses (left), the head of CHEDRA with some of the team and Uganda Marathon staff

In Uganda, HIV/AIDS spread is still a widespread issue, with estimates suggesting that 7% of the overall population are living with this serious condition. This epidemic is significantly worse when you look at the fishing villages and areas on the banks of Lake Victoria, such as Masaka. Here, the rate is much higher with estimates ranging anywhere between 15% and 40% of the population living with the condition.

The reason why these areas are much more afflicted is a booming fishing trade means that many fisherman shore up in Masaka District looking for sex workers and other more sinister ways of finding pleasure. Very often they do not use protection and so HIV spreads like wildfire from town to town.

CHEDRA has been working in Greater Masaka Region for the past 14 years and is now regarded as one of the best grassroots organisations in Uganda for helping combat the HIV epidemic. With their director, Moses Kigozi, sitting on the national council for HIV Prevention and Support, CHEDRA has the skills, knowledge and experience to provide testing, counselling, treatment and sign-posting services to the most HIV high risk communities.

The key thing that CHEDRA currently lack is the perfect premises to work out from. They badly need a health clinic that focuses on HIV treatment.

2020 Goals for CHEDRA

  1. To create a health service for 1,800 people per year to use by the end of 2020.
  2. To see a reduction of 3% in the number of HIV cases in the village of Ssaza by the end of 2021.
  3. To sustainably generate 2,000,0000 UGX ($541 USD) a month by the end of 2021.

How your fundraising will help us achieve the goals

With your support, CHEDRA want to establish a community health clinic that focusese on HIV treatment.

The organisation will target the village of Ssaza, with a catchment area of 1,800 people. The project will make a huge difference in this area, offering free HIV facilities. More specifically, they will be working with local sex workers and people with low income jobs who require regular resettlement that have an infection rate of approximately 18%. This project will be proactively reducing the spread of HIV.

The sustainability for this project comes from the already trained CHEDRA team providing chargeable general health services and pharmacy medication from the clinic that should generate 2,000,000 UGX ($541 USD) a month that will be used to expand the HIV outreach programs.

Your legacy with this project will provide a safe, stigma free HIV prevention centre that caters for the most vulnerable members of the Masaka community.

Your Legacy Day During the Uganda Marathon Week

One of CHEDRA’s activities is to create model homes for the most vulnerable families that they come across doing HIV prevention work in their communiites. These model homes are made up of cost saving systems in the family’s home designed to make their lives easier and set an example within the small villages.

You’ll be working to build one of these model homes inside a family’s house who have been identified by CHEDRA as particularly vulnerable.

Legacy day activities are subject to change at any time, this is not a final plan.

With great sadness, we are postponing the 2020 Uganda Marathon to May 2021.Read our full update here
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