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DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY OF ARVS IMPROVES ADHERENCE AMONG FEMALE PWDS

GUWODU clinic in Gulu

BY WALTER KUMIRA

GULU: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2022

Gulu Women with Disabilities Union (GUWODU) has reported the door-todoor delivery of antiretroviral drugs has improved adherence among female HIV/AIDS patients with disability in Acholi.

Bonny Francis Odong, the Programs Manager of the organization, says the door-to-door delivery exercise under the home base care management program was started towards the end of last year after the majority of the female PWDs started absconding from taking the drugs due to long distances.

It covers the female PWDs within West Acholi Districts which comprise Gulu district/City, Amuru, Nwoya and Omro districts.

Florence Auma, the in-charge of GUWODU Clinic, says the exercise which takes place quarterly involves distribution of ARV Drugs, HIV/AIDs testing, guidance and counseling, and food items.

Auma explained that they have managed to recruit and enroll 117 new members this year in addition to the 485 old members.

The in-charge further explained that, under the home base care management program, they do HIV/AIDs testing to the female PWDs and if found positive they are guided and counsel before enrolment into ARV drugs and give food stuffs to the members enrolled on ARV drugs.

Pamela Acayo, a Nurse attached to the Clinic, said female PWDs are responding well to the drugs after the introduction of the program since most of them were losing trust on taking the drugs due to several challenges including long distances, hunger and among others

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