Kitovu Mobile Aids Organization, one of the biggest NGOs in greater Masaka region is making financial appeal to save over 22000 HIV AIDS victims currently in dire need of aid. The Organization targets German based christian organisation Kindernothilfe for donations.
Kitovu Mobile Aids Organization is one of the biggest NGO's in Masaka, was established in 1987 by US based Medical Missionaries of Mary. It provides palliative care to HIV and AIDS patients in the districts of Masaka, Rakai, Sembabule, Kalungu and Lwengo district.
In 2008, US based medical missionaries withdrew funding to this NGO due to financial meltdown in the US. Since the withdrawal, this NGO has been grappling with funding shortfall. Recently, Kitovu mobile suffered ARV shortage leaving several patients stranded. But the NGO has now turned to German for financial aid.
Robinah Ssentongo, the Director Kitovu Mobile says due to failure by Government to come to their rescue, the organization has written to Kindernothilfe, a Germany based Christian organization seeking for funds to run the organization in the next five years.
According to Ssentongo, the organization wants 45000 Euros for each one of the five years starting 2012 to 2016.
Ssentongo explains that the money if got will be used health care services, paying counselors to HIV AIDS patients and victims and other services.
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Joseph Walusimbi, an HIV AIDS counselor and volunteers’ trainer says over 8000 HIV AIDS victims in Masaka, Rakai, and Lwengo are in dire need of not only drugs but financial facilitation to enable them buy food and other basic needs.
Walusimbi also says they need money to facilitate volunteers with transport in form of bicycles to reach out to the affected people and medical insurance.
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Sharon Naiga, one of the affected victims of HIV AIDS says she has three vulnerable children. Naiga says although she gets antiretroviral drugs, she finds it difficult to buy food and milk for feeding. She wants government to start distributing nutritional food to all people affected by HIV AIDS.
Naiga says the organization used to give them some money to buy food but it stopped due to financial gaps.
Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization is now surviving on funds through the Civil society fund which is also ending this financial year.
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