Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Youth in Uganda 

In early 2020, the Government of Uganda declared a lockdown with strict measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic; schools closed for 22 months.   “Closed schools meant two things—no learning and teenage pregnancies,” says Teddy Kevin Nabuzale, a psychosocial support counselor with Mbale Youth Group. In some districts in Uganda, teenage pregnancies increased by 30%–50%

Margaret’s Story—ART Is Only Part of the HIV Response 

It was five years ago when Margaret Kugonza’s husband died after spending just a few days in the hospital. “The doctor asked to see me after his funeral,” Margaret recalls. “I went and they did an HIV test.”  Upon learning she tested positive for HIV, “my heart almost stopped,” Margaret says.  She started antiretroviral therapy

For HIV Clients, a Journey from Fear to Confidence

One year ago, in a small town in northwest Sierra Leone, Catherine Kamara, a 24-year-old pregnant woman, tested positive for HIV during her antenatal care appointment. “The news of my health condition was overwhelming and scary,” says Catherine. “With counseling and encouragement from Nurse Tinny, I discussed it with my husband and asked him to