At ROM, we believe that the best way to stop the spread of HIV is to prevent it in the first place. ROM runs a strong prevention program, incorporating music, dance and drama, youth camps and a club for young mothers to reach out to some of the most vulnerable groups.
Out-of-school and in-school activities
ROM organizes youth camps and football leagues in partnership with the Naguru Teenage Information and Health Center to reach out to youth in and out of school and deliver HIV prevention messages. Activities are conducted with schoolchildren aged 10-24 years in small groups of 15-30, through seminars, debates, music, dance and drama, and discussions. Children come up with their own HIV prevention messages and showcase their understandings through skits, songs, plays, and poems in front of their peers. Small group discussions also provide both HIV-positive and negative children a safe space to open up about their personal challenges.
Young Mothers Club
ROM started the Young Mothers Club to reach out to orphans and vulnerable children who were getting pregnant. The adolescent mothers are offered a friendly and non-judgmental environment to meet and share information on parenting and HIV prevention and gain social support. An eMTCT nurse and social worker lead the fortnightly meetings. In 2015, 16 young mothers were in the program.