In partnership with Zidan Benevolence International, a community-based nonprofit organization established in 2010 and later incorporated at the National level with the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) in 2019.
Project Status: Currently in design
Projected Start Date: August 2020
Vision: To eliminate stigma and vamp up the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS through disease awareness, disease prevention, professional community and adolescent education, while improving healthcare access and treatment services for underserved and vulnerable populations throughout central Uganda.
Preparation: Delegation will undergo pre-travel orientation with GGHTx staff and arrival training at partnership's center and in collaboration with local professionals at Zidan Benevolence International.
Mission: To provide volunteer efforts in the professional implementation of the project's educational awareness and destigmatization HIV/AIDS model.
GGHTx will help facilitate HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and destigmatization by helping inspire leadership within local communities and schools in response to the recent rebound in HIV, especially amongst pediatrics.
Specifically, GGHTx will work in partnership with Zidan Benevolence International, a community organization, in communities within the Buikwe District (central Uganda) to support people living with and at high-risk of HIV. Barring financial considerations, Uganda's rebound in HIV/AIDS is still partly due to individual and community unawareness, neglect, and complacency in prevention strategies that are, unfortunately, still affecting community members in significant numbers.
By developing and increasing access to educational HIV programs that focus on prevention and awareness, GGHTx hopes this partnership will help in creating better health outcomes for individuals and families in Uganda. Zidan Benevolence International will help facilitate the work with providers, community leaders, patient advocates, and government officials to identify gaps, then develop and scale up the best practices to achieve sustainable and scalable improvements.
Kiyini Jimedine is a rural-based Community HIV Activist and Executive Director of Zidan Benevolence International.
Jimedine started his volunteer efforts in 2006 since assuming a position with HIV HOPE International. A pioneer, he was among one of the founding partners of Project Abstinence Hope International and used his experience to attain the position of Uganda Ambassador which ended in 2018. He used his government contacts, background, and experience to help spearhead and direct Zidan Benevolence International, a leading Community Based Organization, that has helped over 400+ villages in various sub-counties.
His plan in partnering with GGHTx is
to expand services within a variety of rural communities throughout the Buikwe district to ensure access to EMTCT, HIV care, prevention, and treatment services. His approach is based on an evolving methodology towards increasing community involvement and in bridging the access gap of services that prevent mother to-child HIV transmission.
With the help and partnership of GGHTx, he hopes to continue his efforts in creating empowered communities rich in education, resources, and quality services that support those with HIV, while also preventing its continuance.
Zidan Benevolence International is an indigenous-focused non-profit that was established in 2010, and reorganized by the Buikwe District in 2018 as a Community Based Organization (CBO) and later incorporated at the National level with the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) in 2019.
Zidan Benevolence International is a growing and operational CBO, whose mission is to serve all people irrespective of age, gender, and religion, by providing equal educational opportunities and resources to all target groups.
The instructional set up of Zidan Benevolence International is composed of the Board of Directors as the highest level of the organization; with oversight roles and external collaborations, nationally and internationally. The Board of Management assumes all levels of operational and implementation role and is charged with operational decisions, resource mobilization, project planning and implementation.
Management is currently comprised of one executive director, six team leaders, and twenty project coordinators.
Reg: No. BDLG/CBO/185/2018
Kiyini Jimedine, Executive Director of Zidan Benevolence International, shares his thoughts and experience in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in rural areas of his hometown Buikwe, Uguanda. His plan in partnering with GGHTx is to help decrease the gap and lack of relevant information linked between the communal education, prevention, and destigmatization of the rebounding HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa.