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Happy Holidays from all of us at Alive Medical Services!

Wishing you happy holidays and a lovely New Year from Namuwongo!

Thank you so much for your support.


Five Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season!

As we wrap up one year and move onto the next, we often find ourselves looking for ways to give – not just to our friends and families, but to the causes we care most about. This holiday season, why not give to HIV-positive women, men, and children, and an organization you can trust?

Here are a few ways you can help support Alive Medical Services’ mission this holiday season.

(1) Donate to our projects on Global Giving

Alive Medical Services is seeking support for three major projects: Stop the Cycle of HIV: Support Women and Children!, End HIV Stigma Through Storytelling, and Transform the Lives of 13,000 HIV-Positive Ugandans. Donations made toward these causes will help AMS support our clients in 2018 and beyond.

Stop the Cycle of HIV: Support Women and Children

Across Uganda, hundreds of thousands of women are living with HIV. Without the proper support, HIV positive mothers will give birth to HIV positive babies, making an AIDS-free Uganda an impossibility. This project will help Alive Medical Services, a medical centre in one of Kampala’s poorest neighborhoods, support women and children with free HIV treatment. By donating, you will have an impact not only on the lives of our patients, but on the lives of families and communities as a whole.

End HIV Stigma Through Storytelling

In Uganda and around the world, HIV positive individuals are subject to severe stigma and discrimination. A biased perception of HIV results in staggering outcomes for those affected, impacting an individual’s ability to connect with others and adhere to their treatment. As a result, many fear getting tested and treated for HIV. With your help, this project will work to change perceptions of HIV through the power of storytelling – reshaping an HIV positive person as a fighter, not a victim.

Transform the Lives of 13,000 HIV-Positive Ugandans

Join us in transforming the lives of 13,000 Ugandans by supporting the work of Alive Medical Services (AMS). Strategically located in one of Kampala’s most impoverished neighborhoods, AMS provides holistic, free medical care 24/7. Clinicians, counselors and nurses serve patients with love and dignity, ensuring those living with HIV can live healthy, full lives. We provide medical care, income-generating programs, psychosocial support, nutrition aid, youth initiatives, and more.

(2) Drop your change in a donation box

Alive Medical Services has teamed up with 10 partners around Kampala to build a library in our Youth and Children’s Wing. Keep an eye out for our red donation boxes, and drop your change in as you leave! No amount is too small to donate, and every shilling counts.

Guardian Health
(Guardian Health has agreed to 100 percent match all donations!)

Locations: Kabalagala, Kisementi, Bunga Road, Jinja Main Road

Aristoc Booklex
Locations: Garden City, Kampala Road, Acacia Mall

Locations: Muyenga, Kisementi

C&A Pharmacy
Location: Kingsgate Mall

Café Kawa
Location: Tank Hill Road (next to BBROOD Muyenga)

Café Pap
Locations: Parliamentary Avenue, Garden City, Ntinda

Epiphania Pharmacy
Location: Tank Hill Road (next to Italian Supermarket)

Food and Goodies
Locations: Kabalagala

Friecca Pharmacy
Locations: Haji Musa Kasule Road, Wandegeya, Kampala Road

Goodlife Pharmacy
Location: Acacia Mall

(3) Fundraising event

Even if you can’t contribute money, there’s so much you can do to help! Organize an event at your school, office, or in your community, and donate the proceeds toward Alive Medical Services. Options for a fundraising event include:

  • Bake cookies, cupcakes, or treats and hold a bake sale
  • Round up the things you don’t use anymore and host a tag sale
  • If you’re a musician, holding a concert for family and friends
  • If you’re feeling the Christmas spirit, go caroling from door to door
  • Put on your best outfit and host a fashion show
  • Have a “casual day” in your office, with people paying a small fee to wear jeans or shorts
  • Host a food drive

The amount that you raise doesn’t have to be huge. Even $20 (or 20,000 shillings!) can mean the world to a client living with HIV. We can help make your event a success by offering details about our programs and the impact they have; event planning advice; communications materials; digital copies of promotional materials; and recognition of your event on our social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).

If you’re interested in hosting a fundraising event for Alive and would like support, please contact Elissa at emiolene@amsuganda.org.

(4) Text to give

Donate to Alive Medical Services via Mobile Money!

MTN: 0 787 552 191
Airtel: 0 702 040 446

(5) In-Kind

As an HIV clinic that provides comprehensive care to our clients, we could use much more than just money – medical supplies, books, clothes, soap, personal hygiene items, blankets, food, and toys are all greatly appreciated, as each item will go directly toward an HIV-positive individual in need. Any and all of these donations can be dropped off at Alive Medical Services in Namuwongo, Kampala (we’re open 24/7!), or mailed to us at Plot 5, U.N. Rise First Close, Namuwongo, Kampala.