They are among the underserved, in most cases remembered only when a disaster strikes communities they live in.
Several members of the fishing folks are young people too with not much formal education and have since taken on fishing and associated business as the last resort.
On the shores of Lake Victoria in Wakiso District, there are an estimated 20,000 fishing folks surviving on the bare minimum earned from the risky waters.
Family Medical Point on Tuesday joined the community at Kasenyi – Bendegere, one of the landing site on Lake Victoria shores to commemorate World AIDS Day with a health outreach to educate the residents on health seeking behaviours.
“It is an annual activity on our calendar during which we join grassroots communities and particularly those among the fishing folks with free medical services like tests for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B, and cervical cancer screening,” the Team Leader, Ms Amuge Ruth.
She said the focus this year by Family Medical Point will be to continue enlightening fishing communities while setting the path for resilience and impact to ending HIV/AIDS among fishing folks.
At least 1,500 people, mainly women and young turned up for the event with most of these seeking to know their health status with regard to HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
As we prioritize promoting access to SRH services, this month we are engaging our partners at the grassroots and underserved communities to address gaps inhibiting access and provision of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), a challenge in recent days that has been aggravated by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among sexually active adolescent girls from fishing communities.