NGOs Raise Shs1.2bn To Fight HIV/AIDS


symptoms geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The report indicates that south western districts of Uganda contribute 8% and Rukungiri only contributes 7.9% on the National HIV/AIDS prevalence of 7.3%.

While launching the campaign against HIV in Rukungiri on Friday, the Resident District Commissioner, Mrs. Aidah Bikworenda said that “because men have not participated fully in the HIV/AIDS testing and counselling campaign to know their status, they have continually infected and effected many innocent people”.

“Why don’t you test for HIV or use other means of fighting the scourge like safe male circumcision, use of condoms, being faithful to your patterns or abstaining?” she queried.

Bikworenda explained that the campaign project is aimed at fighting the scourge with a total amount of Shs 1.2 billion which is to be spearheaded by three Non-Governmental Organisations.

The three are, Rural Gender for Development Association (RUGADA), AGAPE Nyakibale and RUDNET.

Bikworenda also lashed out at men who have brought misery to disabled women whom they forcefully engage in sexual intercourse and later infect with HIV/AIDS.

“You men, why don’t you have mercy on those disabled and young innocent women who almost fail to take care of themselves? Why infect them?”she asked.

The former Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Winnie Mastiko, who is also the director RUGADA called upon men to walk together with their wives to hospitals for both HIV/AIDS testing and Antenatal care so as to develop their families as Uganda has recognised gender balance.

“Men help your women in everything, two hands are meant to wash each other to be clean,” she noted.

She called upon HIV/AIDS volunteers to sensitise men more on their roles of testing and working together with their wives in the fight against the scourge.

The manager RUDNET, Mr. Richard Tumwesigye said that despite the efforts by government and its stakeholders, the HIV prevalence has increased the more and needs more combined efforts to reduce the scaring prevalence.


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