Kibaati located in Kansanga, a vibrant community settled in the heart of our city, has always been a place of unity and solidarity. On September 10th, 2023, something remarkable happened - the residents of Kibaati Kansanga in came together for a day of community outreach that enclosed various important aspects of health and well-being.
Kibaati Kansanga, like many communities, faces its fair share of challenges. Issues like Poor sanitation, inadequate access to healthcare services ,among others are paramount. Furthermore, the widespread presence of HIV in Uganda is a concern, lack of accurate timely information, access to condoms and sanitary pads are just among the many issues that people in slums have to deal with daily .
The day began with an excited group of community members armed with gloves, brooms, and trash bags. The mission was clean-up Kibaati Kansanga and create a healthier environment for all. Littered streets and open dumping sites were transformed into cleaner, more pleasant spaces safer for everyone to leave in.
This clean-up initiative wasn't just about tidying up the area; it symbolized a collective commitment to keeping their community beautiful, safe, and sustainable. As the sun was shining brightly, the spirits of the volunteers mounted even higher. Residents, young and old, worked hand in hand, emphasizing the strength that comes from unity.
In a separate area, healthcare professionals set up HIV testing stations. HIV awareness and prevention have always been crucial in Uganda, and this outreach event was an opportunity to reinforce this message. Residents, with utmost privacy and confidentiality, could get tested for HIV. The counselors were there to provide support and information about HIV prevention and treatment options. It was encouraging to see so many people take charge of their health and receive the support they needed.
Over 270 young People were tested for HIV as 170 got self test kits after being educated on how they can use them effectively.
In a society where menstruation is often considered a taboo topic and access to sanitary pads is limited, this outreach event provided a safe space to discuss and address this issue. Sanitary pads were distributed to women and girls, ensuring that they have access to a basic necessity that many often take for granted.
Condoms were also made available to promote safe sex practices and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. This distribution aimed not only at preventing disease transmission but also at promoting healthy relationships and family planning within the community.
September 10th, 2023, will be remembered as a day of empowerment and unity in Kibaati Kansanga. The community came together to address the pressing issues of sanitation, healthcare, and access to essential items. The outreach event not only improved the physical environment but also brought about crucial conversations around health and well-being.
As Kibaati Kansanga moves forward, this day of community outreach serves as a shining example of what can be achieved when a community unites for a common purpose. It's a reminder that positive change begins with us, right in our own neighborhoods. Topowa Youth Mentoring Uganda and The people of Kibaati Kansanga have shown that they are not just residents but active participants in shaping the future of their community, and they have set a remarkable precedent for others to follow.