A report on PIUMA-EAWM outreach in the Bulongwa area

PIUMA's new care centre in Bulongwa. Fund-raising is underway for windows and electrical systems to complete the volunteer-built structure. Photo by Con Harrington

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is the report of PIUMA Mobile VCT (Voluntary Counselling and Testing) from June 2006 to November 2006.

PIUMA made mobile VCT visits in two divisions. This work has been carried out with MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières) who have provided us use of a car, and with Population Services International and Angaza.

As the primary coordinator for these visits, PIUMA has been successful in attracting 468 adults, children and pregnant women for testing. Among them, 86 of the total tested positive for HIV/AIDS.

Another area where PIUMA helps victims of HIV/AIDS is as a provider of home based care and has plans of expanding its outreach in 2007. The PIUMA building continues to show signs of progress and the roof was completed in time for the start of rainy season.

The world can see how PIUMA is strong as a lion. Loving life and working on the prevention of new HIV/AIDS infections while remaining committed to providing access to those who need treatment.

KWA PAMOJA TUTASHINDA!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mary Musoma