Kitovu Mobile LTD (Masaka, Uganda)
Kitovu Mobile LTD aims to create an empowered community with the ability to cope with HIV/AIDS and its impact.
Kitovu Mobile was established by the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) in 1987 as a response to the HIV and AIDS crisis in the Rakai district of Uganda. The organization has expanded to incorporate medical services, counseling, orphan support, palliative care and water sanitation relief.
GlobeMed at Northeastern works with Kitovu’s health hygiene and water sanitation project to improve access to clean water and teach basic health practices to villages. Kitovu focuses its efforts on the Kyanamukaaka sub-county in the Masaka region. This sub-county includes rural villages in which it can take 2-3 hours to get to the nearest healthcare facility. Children and women take up to 2 ½ hours to get water from their nearest source. Most of their water sources are unprotected, with animals drinking from the same source. The incidence for waterborne illnesses that can be contracted is extremely high and the lack of nearby health facilities causes these illnesses to be fatal. Kitovu works to improve their access to health centers by building facilities and providing protected shallow wells so they may have access to clean water.