Where we work

Kalangala District was curved out former greater Masaka District in 1989 as part of government efforts to bring services nearer to Ssese Islands community who were being administered from remote control in Masaka municipality.

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Kalangala is made up of 84 islands located in the south-westerner part of Lake Victoria of which 62 islands are habited. According to the UBS population projection for 2010, the population was estimated to 60000 people of whom women comprise 40%. The District serves a bigger population than the estimate, because many are not counted during census as many believe they came to fish or chasing fish movements. So, during census, they do not respond or go back to their home Districts.

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Kalangala has a total area of 9066.8 square KM, mostly water surface with only 432.1 square KM of land. Administratively, it is divided into two counties of Bujjumba and Kyamuswa. The District is bordered by the Republic of Tanzania to the south, Districts of Rakai to the south-west Masaka to the West, Mpigi and Wakiso in the North and Buvuma in the East.
\r\n Population of Kalangala District by and selected age group

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Health and HIV/AIDS Analysis

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High prevalence of HIV/AIDS is Kalangala’s biggest problem, and is responsible for poor health conditions and lack of investments for sustainable development.

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Whereas national HIV/AIDs prevalence is 7.3% (2011), information from Kalangala District HIV focal person reveals that prevalence rate for the District is estimated between 22 % to 30%. Data collected by KHBC from tests conducted in the District from 2008 to 2011 revealed a figure of 17%. This figure excludes many of those who already knew their status. Health units returns for pregnant mothers who reported for EMTCT services in 2011 reveals a 25% of those positive.( District Heath Officer report for 2011)

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In 2013, KAFOPHAN conducted HCT in three sub counties of Kyamuswa during the months of April to June mainly for clients who did not know their HIV status. Out of 2800 people who for HIV tests, 350 where found positive. This represents 12.5%.

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According to information got Bufumira health unit 111, HIV/AIDs prevalence is reported high among ages of 15years to 45 years, and of these males had a bigger number recorded. The table below indicates figures of HIV/AIDs patients who visited the health unit during the month of August.

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6 months to 12 years recorded 0
\r\n 12years to 15 years recorded 0
\r\n 15 years to 45 years recorded 33
\r\n 45 years and above recorded 7

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Records of the same H/U also reveal three predominant incidences of diseases is mainly caused by poor hygienic conditions surrounding our households. Malaria is recorded to be accounting to 50% of all OPD treatments. This is followed by pneumonia and dysentery. The health official in charge of this unit mentions the following as main causes of diseases. Low community involvement, bushy surroundings, dumping into the lake which in turn contaminates the water, drinking un- boiled water, poor housing, absence of sleeping nets, and mal- nutrition especially among children.

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On access to health services, the In-charge revealed that according to the H/U catchment area, fewer patients visit the unit than expected. For example he expects 200 PHAs per month but received only 40 during the month of August. He expressed great to need for out-reaches, and functioning VHT support services in order to reach out to other islands. On the other hand, the unit needs a fully fledged ART clinic, and to fill the H/U staff approved structure. On the other hand he expressed optimism to reduced HIV/AIDs affections as a result EMTCT interventions and improved compliancy by PHAs.

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  • Our Vission
  • A prosperous Ssesse community in a conserved environment

  • Our Mission
  • Working with communities for sustainable development in Ssesse islands