Mawagala Aids Care (MAC) - Uganda
Mawagala village in Iganga district in Uganda currently has a population of about 450 inhabitants of which some of them are orphaned children and widows. The village was well known for its men practicing polygamous marriages with one man marrying more than 5 wives and for this reason we experienced a high prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS coupled with a large number of vulnerable children and orphans. Majority of the population are Muslims well known for their polygamous families, others are Christians and other religious denominations.
At the moment there are 12 child headed homes where both parents are dead mostly likely from HIV/AIDS and the oldest child has assumed responsibilities.
45 homes are widow-led of which 35 members were tested and confirmed to be HIV positive, with 9 grandmother-led homes and 6 are elderly.