Mbarara University of Science and Technology developed an HIV Institutional policy in 2004 with the aim of improving health by providing support and information on HIV/AIDS. Since then the policy has been vigorously implemented with support from within the University and donor funding such as the Swedish Embassy through the Lund University- MUST collaboration. Although the donor funding from LUMUST collaboration ceased, the university has continued to support some HIV/AIDS related activities but inadequately..

During the policy implementation various activities are carried outs as listed below;

  • Workshops are conducted with stakeholders; MUST staff members, faith based organisations, local council leaders and hostel owners with the aim of enhancing staff members’ and students’ welfare.
  • Operational research is carried out within and around the University. This is carried out with the aim of enhancing evidenced based practice in the implementation of MUST HIV/AIDS Institutional Policy as well as enriching the database.
  • Voluntary counseling and testing services, condom distribution and education are provided to the MUST community.
  • Curriculum development and review to integrate HIV/AIDS into classroom teaching has been carried out.
  • Collaborations with student organizations in order to address HIV/ AIDS related issues amongst themselves.
  • Peer training and education.
  • Capacity building through short courses and workshops for the students and staff members is ongoing.

This has enabled the University to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS and related matters as confirmed by the HIV Sero-Behavioural   study in Six Universities  in Uganda  by AMREF with MUST having the lowest HIV/AIDS prevalence(0.4%) compared to highest HIV prevalence obtained (1.8%). Furthermore cases of unplanned pregnancies were also lowest in MUST which may have been supported by the high accessibility to freely distributed condoms