Published on Monday, 22 October 2012 11:52

Project Background:

The ICOBI Community PMTCT is a CDC funded five (5) year project, that covers ten districts of South Western Uganda (Bushenyi, Sheema Mitooma, Rubirizi, Buhweju, Ntungamo, Mbarara, Ibanda, Kiruhura and Isingiro) with estimated 2,776,188 (F: 1,434,577, M: 1,341,611) beneficiaries. The project area covers 5,727 villages, 641 parishes and 132 sub-counties in the ten districts of Ankole Region. This project aims at expanding uptake for interventions to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children by using community based strategies under the PEPFAR.

Edutainment. Community PMTCT has educated masses using drama shows

Program Coverage:

The program covers the districts of Bushenyi, Ntugamo, Isingiro, Ibanda, Kiruhuura and Mbarara. By the end of 2012, the program is expected to have reached a population of 2.8 million people.

Target population:

Project Goals:

The overarching goal is to contribute towards the improvement of child survival through increasing the uptake of prevention of mother to child HIV transmission services and providing care and support to infected parents and children using home based community strategies.

Project Objectives:

The overall objective of this project is to contribute towards the improvement of child survival through increased uptake of Prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services and providing care and support to infected parents and their families using community based and family centered strategies.

The following are the strategic project objectives:

  1. To promote innovative community based primary prevention of HIV through mobilization and referral of pregnant women and their spouses for counseling and testing at the health facilities.
  2. To prevent un-intended pregnancies among women living with HIV by promoting use of modern contraceptives and other family planning strategies.
  3. To reduce HIV transmission from pregnant or lactating women living with HIV to their babies by referring them for appropriate ART prophylaxis for PMTCT as well as other strategies.
  4. To mobilize women living with HIV and their families for Care, Treatment and Support.
  5. To enhance advocacy, capacity building and behavior change communication for community PMTCT services.


Routinely outreach teams each composed of a counsellor and laboratory assistant based in each sub county are assisted by VHTs, local council officials, peers and village health teams or local council officials. The CT teams move systematically from door to door in respective villages/communities offering HIV/AIDS health education, HCT to consenting eligible household members found at home, referring identified HIV infected individuals and couples to health units and other support groups/organisations in their villages, parishes, sub counties and districts. Data for each individual client is collected by filling a HCT card/client profile. All field staff are supported by the project supervisors.


Program Activities:



Ministry of Health, District Local Government, MPs, EGPAF, and PACE. More partners expected on board include; TASO, AIC, JCRC, MJAP, UPHOLD, CRS, Children Aids Fund, District Health Departments, Private and public hospitals and health units, among others. ICOBI also works with health promotion programs like the YEAH Campaign and Straight Talk Foundation. The aim is to maximize benefits of wrap-around initiatives to achieve the goal and objectives of this project.

Lessons Learnt/Best Practices: