AVSI Local Partner, Meeting Point Hoima, Uganda, Featured in On-line Magazine
Friday, 10 June 2005 00:00

The May edition of the Emergency Nutrition Network’s on-line magazine Field Exchanges takes a close-up look at the food-aid component of HIV-related programming, with the goal of documenting the learning-by-doing of many agencies working hard in the field to ensure good health and nutrition of those whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. Providing an impressively broad snap-shot of current initiatives, this edition of Field Exchanges highlights how food assistance is being delivered and what impacts such programs are having.

 

Born from the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS who began meeting informally to lend a hand to others facing similar situations, Meeting Point Hoima has grown into a strong community-based organization. The article recounts the partnerships which form the backbone of this unique organization, including the collaboration with the World Food Program, GOAL, and AVSI. Authors Fiona Mitchell and Mary Corbett present four case studies of individuals who are struggling to deal with conditions of disease, food insecurity, abandonment, and lack of opportunity and have found support and accompaniment through Meeting Point. Two of the four individuals profiled in the case studies went on to receive training and to work for Meeting Point as community counselors, reflecting the cycle of friendship and support that is generated when people share each others needs. The article concludes with a series of lessons learned, which offers insight into the characteristics of vulnerability faced in particular by women and the flexibility that is needed in service delivery in order to adequately meet the needs of the people.

 

The magazine can be found at: http://www.ennonline.net/fex/25/fex25.pdf.

The article on Meeting Point Hoima is located on pages 28-29.