Research has proven that men have not been actively involved in treatment and care of HIV positive children due to non-disclosure, stigma. To address such deep rooted barriers to good treatment outcomes, Baylor-Uganda established the Men’s Access club to promote active male involvement in treatment and care of HIV positive children and their families.
The club has 150 members who hold regular meetings to share experiences and ideas on improving not only health but also their livelihoods. Consequently, Baylor-Uganda partnered with Opportunity Bank to support members to initiate the Men’s Access Development Club which has helped members save money and acquire loans to boost their businesses. This initiative has resulted in a marked increase in the number of men escorting children to the COE clinic while the number of children failing on treatment due to lack of adult supervision has reduced. Meanwhile, the male health package was introduced to screen men for HIV during clinic days and club meetings and those identified positive are linked to care.