Kitovu Mobile is a Faith-Based Medical and Community Empowerment Organization under the Diocese of Masaka. The organization was started in 1987 as an outreach Program of Kitovu Hospital. It was later registered in 2013 as a Company Limited by Guarantee with the Registrar of Companies. It is governed by a competent Board of 9 Directors with 5 senior managers and a full time internal auditor. Its operations cover the 10 districts of Greater Masaka.
The purpose of Kitovu Mobile is to lead the provision of innovative, mobile health services and empower marginalized communities affected by HIV/TB, Cancer and other emerging life threatening chronic illnesses. Kitovu Mobile is widely known for pioneering Home Based Care model in the earliest stages of HIV and AIDS by visiting patients within the confines of their homes, to provide care services in rural remote Lake Victoria areas of Uganda.
Using a network of passionate and creative social workers, health professionals and volunteers, Kitovu Mobile currently partners with Rakai Health Sciences Program, the Segal Family Foundation, Steven Lewis Foundation, Kindernothelfe, College of Saint Elizabeth, Medical Access, Masaka Diocese, and the Ministry Of Health to protect vulnerable children and build the resilience of their flailing care givers. It also reduce youth livelihood risks to HIV for hundreds of adolescent girls and young women, improve quality of life of hundreds of people on Anti-Retroviral Therapy and prevent and relieve pain and other distressing symptoms in HIV/TB and cancer patients referred to us.
The organization employs a holistic approach to addressing needs of both the infected and affected people within their communities of operation which are predominantly rural and poor with a large number of people affected by HIV and AIDS. The most vulnerable include PLHA, orphans & other vulnerable children (approximately 1M orphans) and widows, among others.
Through the Grandmothers and OVC Social support project,a good number of such most vulnerable grandmothers are have been and are being empowered through solidarity group in a phase out approach.
In addition, the organization offers education support to the OVC under the grandmothers’ care and empower them with sustainable skills