Inbetween 4: Catholic community goes for condoms - Outreach to Nyabweya

On Sunday 28th of February we went on an outreach to Nyabweya. The aim was an awareness raising and healthcare campaign for family planning and HIV-prevention in one of the remote communities.


We were a team of 13 people, some of us with George in the car, the others went with Japan in YAWE’s clinic-bus.



The trip to reach Nyabweya took us about 2 hours – Japan and George had to apply all their skills in car-driving through dusty, muddy, scattered tracks.




I enjoyed the ride through green fields, banana gardens, coffee plantations, small villages and crater lakes very much - it was just marvelous! Thank you both for getting us and the cars safely there and back again!



We just reached at place, when the Sunday’s service was about to be finished. I was quite surprised, when I found out that we were actually invited by a catholic community. Again I got a first-time-experience: I met catholic priests who were enfostering their community to use condoms for both – family planning and HIV-prevention. Thank you Pope Benedict, it was about time!


After the tent was installed the YAWE team started to work.




Each person had his/her own duties to make sure that all people (122 in total just on that day) could get informed, tested, examined, counseled and also entertained.


First sight was the church – the priest finished his services and George and Robinah took over.



George wanted to make sure that people can get all the information in their local language which is not Tooro (spoken in Fort Portal). That is why he invited Robinah to come along - she is a trained nurse and speaks the local language “Rukiga” as it is her mother tongue. The two of them held a introductory speech about healthcare in general, family planning, the risks and prevention of HIV/Aids and the benefits one can gain from using condoms. (Again, I have to state – it is just great to have such sessions within a catholic church – it is just a few years ago, when we were witnessing catholic priests and sisters in a missionary school telling adolescents that they might burn in hell by using condoms…)






First step to get tested on blood pressure, blood sugar and HIV was to be registered. Samuel, Nadine and Anthony made sure that people could get through the registration process without any confusion.




Isolde was the one testing blood pressure and preparing people for blood testing. Prilla took over as soon as the patients were ready for being scored on the finger to give some blood for the HIV-test-strip. Marjorie was taking care of the test-results and telling people about it in private.






In the meantime Michael, Antra, Robinah and George gave a lecture on family planning through the “CycleBeads” - a perl necklace that contains different colors to count for fertile and non-fertile days during a woman’s period.







Anthony took the challenge to give lectures on the use of condoms for both family planning and HIV-prevention. Not the easiest task to fulfill considering the different interest and age groups he had to handle. His lectures were informing and entertaining at the same time.










For examination on breast and cervix cancer patients could consult Michael, Prilla and Antra who were receiving and treating them in the clinic bus.




And what did Erik and me do – we were the guys behind the camera trying to catch the moments of YAWE’s outreach for documentation, reporting and maybe some fundraising?!



Hello out there – Crowdfunding is needed! 100 Euro/one outreach!!!

Unfortunately, last November the SIFA-project that was financing YAWE’s outreaches was stopped. Until then the YAWE-team went frequently to the remote villages of Kabarole district where people have no healthcare system at all. Now, YAWE lacks the money to cover fuel, some equipment and the staff’s salaries. YAWE could implement the outreach to Nyabweya just because there were so many volunteers participating on that day.


George told us that an outreach same as we did it in Nyabweya is about 370.000 Ugandan Schillings – which seems to be a lot if we focus on the zeros of that number. But counting in Euros it is not that much. One outreach costs about 100 Euro. If there is anybody reading this and wanting to help from long distance – let’s make a crowdfunding on it and try to raise money for the very meaningful and professional work the YAWE-team is ready to do in the remote areas as soon as there is money to go. We can provide you with documentation material if you are willing to get a crowdfunding project started. Just let us know!


Finally, I want to introduce to you some people I met with my camera in Nyabweya:



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Hello Vera, thank you for

Hello Vera,
thank you for your informations - so for me it seems a lot to do for you even in between. I can almost feel your experiences out in the field. It is indeed amazing that the priest is ready to let people be informed about the use of condoms, very interesting!
It is too bad that SCIPHA does not fund such activities any more - is it for good or has it just stopped for the time? I wonder what made SCIPHA stop funding, do you know?
Anyway I really like the pictures - to see your activities - to see all of you.
We are as well still quite busy preparing events for awareness and fund raising.


Dear friends. Great work and amazing view into the work in uganda. I will try to explain why SCIPHA stoped. SCIPHA was actually just funded for two years. It is always the same. You get money for maybe two years and nobody cares what will happen after. HIV prevention care and treatment is so important. Such activities have to keep alive.

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