Fishing Communities Policy Brief


This Policy Brief is based on the findings of the Fishing Communities Synthesis Report. It contains  policy recommendations  on what can be done to help curb HIV rates among Ugandan fishing villages.


Fishing in Uganda provides jobs and income for over one million people. Fishing landing sites are hubs of dense local and regional sexual networks which can accelerate the spread of HIV into the wider population.

The following policy considerations need to be instituted:


  •  A well-coordinated targeted government response

  • Robust national data on fishing communities to inform effective HIV programming and policy
  • standardised research methodologies and implementation models

  • fora to share best practices and/or lessons learned

  •  Raise risk perception of the dangers of HIV among fishing communities
  •  Improve  access to HIV services for fishing communities