HIV /AIDS POLICY
Mbarara University of Science and Technology developed an HIV Institutional policy in 2004 with the aim of improving health by providing support and information on HIV/AIDS. Since then the policy has been vigorously implemented with support from within the University and donor funding such as the Swedish Embassy through the Lund University- MUST collaboration. Although the donor funding from LUMUST collaboration ceased, the university has continued to support some HIV/AIDS related activities but inadequately..
During the policy implementation various activities are carried outs as listed below;
· Workshops are conducted with stakeholders; MUST staff members, faith based organisations, local council leaders and hostel owners with the aim of enhancing staff members’ and students’ welfare.
· Operational research is carried out within and around the University. This is carried out with the aim of enhancing evidenced based practice in the implementation of MUST HIV/AIDS Institutional Policy as well as enriching the database.
· Voluntary counseling and testing services, condom distribution and education are provided to the MUST community
· Curriculum development and review to integrate HIV/AIDS into classroom teaching has been carried out.
· Collaborations with student organisations in order to address HIV/ AIDS related issues amongst themselves
· Peer training and education
· Capacity building through short courses and workshops for the students and staff members is ongoing.