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Cultivating a community of practice to strengthen capacities for supporting the quality of life of youths with HIV/AIDS


Despite considerable advances in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Uganda, noticeably less efforts have been invested towards addressing challenging experiences and longer term support needs of young people living with HIV/AIDS (YPLWHA). The chronic and multifaceted impact of HIV/AIDS transcends the contours of any sole discipline and sector, and hence requires an approach blending medical, social and pedagogical paradigms as well as micro, meso and macrolevel efforts. This project aims at cultivating a community of practice with academics, practitioners and policy makers working with YPLWHA, to form a multidisciplinary and multisectoral partnership in developing expertise and strengthening capacities on supporting quality of life of YPLWHA. These outcomes are valorised through the institutions’ pre-service professionalization of practitioners, the in-service practitioners’ support to YPLWHA and their communities, the re-invigoration of policy to accommodate a new generation of youths living with HIV/AIDS as a chronic condition and broad science communication to communities.

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Sofie Vindevogel
Local promoter John Rubaihayo
GEO Kathleen Van Heule
Local partner institution Hogeschool Gent
visit www.hogent.be
Local partner institution Mountains of the Moon University
visit http://www.mmu.ac.ug
Other local partners Makerere University
Budget € 69.289