Empowering Key Populations: Fieldwork Insights from Muhanga District

In a recent evaluation meeting at Gitarama Health Center in Muhanga District, key populations (KPs) were the focal point of discussions. The three-day fieldwork aimed to assess how KPs are engaged in community mobilization efforts post-COVID-19 and towards other high-burdened diseases such as HIV, TB, STIs, HCV, and mental health.

The evaluation included meetings with KPs at hotspots and the identification of new hotspots. Additionally, workshops, training, and coordination meetings were conducted with umbrella members to enhance their engagement in community mobilization.

During the engagement, beneficiaries expressed a pressing need for support to start small businesses. This support is seen as crucial in addressing financial problems and preventing individuals from resorting to activities such as prostitution. The fieldwork revealed a strong desire among KPs to achieve financial independence and improve their livelihoods through sustainable means.

Furthermore, discussions with six nurses working in different departments shed light on the challenges faced in supporting KPs. Limited resources and stigma were identified as significant barriers to providing comprehensive care. Despite these challenges, the nurses remain committed to delivering quality care to KPs.

The insights gained from the fieldwork underscore the importance of empowering key populations through financial support and access to healthcare services. By addressing these needs, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and supportive community for all.

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