Development Initiatives International

MAVAP (Market Vendors Vendors AIDS project)

Established in 2004, MAVAP is an initiative that addresses HIV/STI sensitization, testing, treatment, care and support needs of market vendors. The project serves a population of 112,700 vendors and 300,000 customers who visit the targeted St. Balikuddembe, Park Yard, Nakawa, Katwe, Nateete, Nakasero, Nakulabye, Kamwokya, Wandegeya, Bugolobi, Kitintale, Nalukolongo, Bwaise, Kansanga and Mukono markets daily

SHAREM (Strengthening HIV/AIDS Response In Market communities)

SHAREM project is implemented in 9 markets that is; Makhani singh, Mbarara Central, Nyamityobola and Rwebikona markets in Mbarara, Main Super market, main market, Kumi Road and Soroti Road markets in Mbale plus Lira main market in Lira.

The project builds on eight years of DII’s successful provision of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in 15 urban markets, that is, St. Balikuddembe, Park Yard, Nakawa, Bugolobi, Kamwokya, Kansanga, Katwe, Kitintale, Nakulabye, Wandegeya, Nateete, Nalukolongo, Bwaise, Nakasero and Mukono through its Market Vendors AIDS Project (MAVAP). The SHAREM project shall benefit an estimated number of 95,900 vendors, their families, customers (estimated at 150,000) and residents of market hinterlands. These population sub groups are vulnerable to HIV /AIDS and yet remain greatly underserved by essential HIV/AIDS services.

DII-AHF (DII - AHF-Uganda Cares Steep Scale Up Program)

Under this initiative, DII receives funds to supplement AHF-Uganda Cares work by mobilizing, referring as well as following up clients to ensure increased access to HCT plus treatment and care services uptake in Kampala, Wakiso, Soroti, and Rakai districts. The Program seeks to counsel and test over 100,000 people for annually.

It is based on the fact that the majority of people who know their HIV status will seek early treatment if positive. Those with negative status will protect themselves from HIV infection using condoms among other preventive measures, and hence, halt the transmission of HIV. Further, people on ARVs are 90% less infectious

WOMAP ( Women Vendors Malaria Prevention Project)

WOMAP is an intervention that was designed to enhance the capacity of women working in the informal sector to prevent malaria transmission and manage malaria attacks among themselves, their families and PLHIV.In the course of implementing the WOMAP project, peer educators were trained and emphasis put on each of them reaching out to at least 5 women in a month. These Peer Educators are vendors working within the markets and serving fellow vendors


This is a community based organization comprising of market vendors living with HIV/AIDS and AIDS. SIKYOMU has 224 (113M, 111F) members who meet regularly to support each other and engage prevention by positives’ activities.

SIKYOOMU Market Vendors Support AIDS Group was started by PLWAs of St. Balikuddembe market in 2005 after attending HIV/AIDS awareness sessions through the Market vendors AIDS Project (MAVAP). Since then, the group has spread to various market places like Nakawa market, Park-yard, Nateete market, to mention but a few

Friends of the Environment (FOTE)

Aims at educating and saving the environment against polyethene bags through the market vendors as attitude change and markets as attitude change centers