ACCESS Uganda is a community-based organization in Nakaseke district, Uganda, which is dedicated to working with vulnerable groups in resource limited settings through medical care, education and economic empowerment. ACCESS cares for and supports people living with HIV-AIDS (PLWAs) together with orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC).
Since the beginning, the base of ACCESS operations have been located at our clinic – Nakaseke Lifecare Center which provides care for over 120 PLWAs through strategic alliances with centers providing antiretroviral drugs for the management of HIV. ACCESS receives over 12,000 patient visits per year from all over the district for management of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. The medical center has a doctor, clinical officer, nurses, and visiting health workers. A mobile team consisting of a Doctor/or Clinical Officer, Nurse, Counselor or a Health visitor, conduct routine visits to provide medical care and support to its beneficiaries. They work hand in hand with a network of 18 community volunteers. Thanks to their efforts, ACCESS has been able to test over 580 people for HIV-AIDS from the two sub-counties.
In order to address the shortage of health personnel working in rural Uganda, and to provide opportunities to young people who do not have the opportunity to attend university, ACCESS opened the ACCESS Health Institute. To date, ACCESS has trained seventy-seven community nurses through their health worker training program. We are now undergoing an exciting upgrade to offer a 3-year nursing degree program to increase our graduates’ impact on the community. Our graduates currently work in over seven districts in Uganda, and throughout the East Africa Region providing care to thousands of East Africans, mostly in rural communities.
In addition to these programs, ACCESS supports 30 OVCs to provide the means for them to attend school and maintain their health. They also partner with families affected by HIV/AIDS providing income generating projects for greater financial and family stability.