Integrated Community Based Initiatives (ICOBI)

Success stories

Door-to-Door Counseling and Testing Restores Hope for HIV-Discordant Couple


Mawanda and his wife

“I used to be weak, with frequent fevers, skin rash and I had lost weight” Mawanda Magezi a 42 years old resident of Buccuma village, Kigoma parish- Nyabubare-Bushenyi district, narrates as he recalls how his health conditions used to be before he knew his HIV status. Mawanda is farmer but a retired solider and a person living with HIV, married and with 3 children.
ICOBI home based voluntary counseling and testing strategy provided Mawanda and his family an opportunity to know their HIV status. It was in February 2005 when a team of Resident Parish Mobilizer (RPM) in collaboration with LCI chairman visited his family. The purpose of the visit was to mobilize and sensitize the family about HIV/AIDS including counseling and testing in a home setting and an appointment was made on when the sub-county team (counselor and Lab Assistant) would come to his home. Read on....

Peer Counselling And Support Promotes Improved Quality Of Life Among PLWHA


GiramatsikoPTC Club members receiving goats to increase House hold income

Giramatsiko post test club started as a small group of 7 members who had tested for HIV and were HIV infected (they later nicknamed HIV/AIDS “smart”). Faced with this situation they started this group to support each other. They believed that one cannot fully access care and support services with out disclosure, family and community support to be able to cope with HIV positive results. Read on....

Hiv Basic Care Still A Viable And Affordable Care And Support Intervention

Jussy (on the right) with peers during a group discussion about positive living
Jussy Mujuni a 37 year old widow of Bwegiragye cell, Ward IV, Bushenyi Ishaka Town Council .has four children and a person living with HIV. She tested for HIV in 1992 having had frequent illnesses and at the same time her husband had developed Herpes Zoster. The husband had tested for HIV but had not disclosed to her and more to that Jussy was pregnant. Having got information about HIV/AIDS counseling and testing and also reflecting on her health conditions including her husband’s poor health, she decided to take an HIV test. Amidst minimal health care and support services by that time, She lost hope and I knew it was the end of every thing. After a few months her husband died and later her 12 year daughter. This further troubled her as she narrates “who ever saw me at that time would not image that I could live longer than a month”. Read on....