With many LGBT seeking friendly and LGBT tailored services especially in health, we established the Icebreakers Uganda Clinic (IBU CLINIC) the first of its kind for LGBT clients. Our services are designed to cater for LGBT and MSM people in Uganda. From data provided by our own peer educators we tailor our services basing on the needs of the people in the communities we serve.
While as our hub is in Kampala we duplicate the exact services so that other people in different places of Uganda can be beneficiaries.
IBU LGBT/MSM PROJECT
aimed at building integration and adopting new strategies of reaching out to the LGBT community with health services like HIV-related services like HIV testing, ART and PrEP refills STI screening etc, TB prevention, adherence counselling as well as food aid to the LGBT people especially those who are living with HIV and most importantly psychosocial support which includes face to face counseling, massaging, sharing coping skills, online and telephone counselling sessions etc.
a three-year programme with an aim to contribute to effectively reducing the spread and impact of HIV among MSM and to build healthy MSM communities in the region (Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda)
With 118,881 condoms distributed to 3,328 MSM of which 78% were provided with two or more HIV related services, there has been an increase in access to and uptake of better quality HIV and health programs and services by MSM in the region.
We were able to reach almost 300 government and private health care professionals, 167 policy makers, 19 parliamentarians, 48 law enforcement agents, over 22 religious leaders, 49 community leaders and more than a handful of media persons.
Integrated HIV Response Project (IHRP)
aim of the project is to effectively reduce the spread and impact of HIV and STIs among LGBT community and to build healthy LGBT communities in the Kampala and wakiso regions. The IHRP is under Key Population Investment Fund (KPIF) which aims to support the scale up of key population-led approaches to improve and enhance HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for key populations.
Not Alone Initiative
a peer support group helping LGBT persons manage their mental health through sharing sessions. And it’s a program activity under the See The Invisible project. We need to change the culture of this topic and make it ok to speak about mental health and suicide
See the Invisible is a project aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues and ensuring that those at risk for mental illnesses and related disorders receive proper, timely and effective treatment.
Our work focuses mainly on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and queer (LGBTQ) in Uganda. LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than the general population to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.
See the Invisible includes an online and offline campaign, a toll-free helpline, and in-person sensitization of the LGBTQ community and health providers, especially LGBTQ friendly psychiatrists, social workers and counselors, about prevalent LGBTQ mental health issues