Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative (ROM), a Community Faith-Based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), founded in 2001 to provide HIV/AIDS care to the urban poor persons living with HIV/AIDS within the service area of Mbuya Catholic Parish and Kasaala-Luweero district since January 2009.
ROM operates in Mbuya Catholic Parish, located in Nakawa Division, the eastern part of Kampala District – Plot 1, Boazman Road 0n Mbuya II Hill. It is six kilometers from Kampala city centre and less than a kilometer from Bugolobi trading centre.
ROM has been mindful that geographical and financial access are critical to patient retention and created satellite clinics within the communities to provide comprehensive services, hence the four service outlets of Mbuya, Banda, Kinawataka in Kampala district and Kasaala in Luweero district about 75kms from kampala.
It was appropriate to extend services closer to the communities by establishing satellite sites within the population to ease access and also be positioned to reach the ever growing number of people requiring HIV/AIDS services. In addition to these satellite clinics, ROM initiated mobile outreach services in May 2012 and also started Public Private partnerships with several clinics in the catchment within the same year.
Holistic model of care
The holistic model is a unique approach developed by ROM that cares for the body, mind, family, and community needs of the clients to restore hope to the hopeless and good health to the sick.
The holistic model of care relies heavily on community-based approaches that emphasise community ownership and ROM strategically has over 45% of its staff drawn from its clients who hail from the catchment population.
Kampala district, where three ROM sites are located, has a high HIV prevalence rate and ROM’s values of serving the poor, the holistic nature of its services have inevitably seen the number of clients it serves grow remarkably from 14 in 2001 to 5,955(across all the sites) as at June 2014.
The organization is headed by an Executive Director and an ten-member Board of Directors chaired by the parish priest of Our Lady of Africa Catholic Church, Mbuya.
The target population in the area is about 95,000 and the HIV prevalence in this area is 9%. Women form 63% of the persons served. Most of them are single, widowed or elderly with minimal schooling and/or no source of regular income in their households.