By: Contributing Writer ShanayaMonique
58-year-old Consolata Zavuga, an enthusiastic Ugandan activist founded the “Galima Fights HIV/AIDS Initiative” after she attended the 11th International Conference for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda in October 2003. Zavuga’s Initiative is for uniting a group of 65 women living with HIV in the informal settlements of the Makindye Division of the Katwe II Base Zone.
This place is one of Uganda’s capital, Kampala’s, most notorious slums with poor housing conditions, lack of sanitary items, limited clean water access & toilet facilities, unstable structural environments, and unfavorable tenure & evictions.
Today many women who have joined Zavuga and her cause have received training from the national Ugandan NGO Shelter and Settlements Alternatives: Uganda Human Settlements Network, also known as SSA: UHSNET.
Now the outcome of Zavuga and her team’s “Galima Fights HIV/AIDS Initiative” has brought an immediate change in mindsets; residents have taken ownership of the urgent need to ensure that their environment is kept clean, with leaders coming on board to support the initiative.
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