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In Uganda, HIV/AIDS has affected both rural and urban dwellers, adults and children, and the impact cuts across regions and occupational groups in the country with varying magnitude. HIV/AIDS, especially in resource-constrained settings, results in physical and psychological suffering of the infected and eventually the affected. This includes children and all family members, caregivers and the entire community. Consequently, HIV/AIDS' morbidity and mortality has negatively affected development initiatives at every level of society: individual, household, business sector and ultimately national. This occurs as individual and household savings are depleted to care for the sick, while income inflows from affected adults are cut off due to sickness itself or having attend to the sick. There is a dramatic lack of improvement in infant and child mortality rates resulting from pediatric AIDS, while AIDS is the leading cause of death among adults in the villages. In Kasese District it is estimated that 18.5% of the people are affected by HIV/AIDS. We have lost a large number of people to this disease, creating a big gap in labour in the production sector, and increasing the number of widows, widowers and orphans without any income or resources to care for them.
Therefore, to address these problems, CETRUD started a wide-reaching Aids programs known as AIDS Care Program for education and prevention, to assist the people living with HIV/AIDS äs well äs those indirectly affected. Our program works with women, children and even those that are not directly affected, especially the youth.