HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rises Among Adults.


cost geneva;”>“Approximately 1.39m people out of the estimated population of 32m of Uganda are living with HIV/AIDS and the New HIV Infection has increased from 110, order 000 in 2010 to 135,000 in 2011,” he said.

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He said that AIDS has increased in Uganda because people have lost their morals. “Do you know that there is a lunch break for sex in Uganda?” he lamented.

“Substantial resources have been provided to help in fighting HIV/AIDS, estimated Shs 586m and Shs 579.7m was spent on HIV activities in 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 respectively. Most of which came from the International Partners,” said Lokodo.

Lokodo also commended the government for being committed in the fight against AIDS. “The government has increased its contribution in the HIV/AIDS Response to $65 US dollars in financial year 2012 and ensures to add more 100,000 HIV patients on the service of ARV’S so as lives of Ugandans are not left to perish,” he said.

Prof. Vinand Nantulya, Chairman Uganda Aids Commission (UAC), called upon leaders at all levels to play their role in sensitizing HIV/AIDS in Uganda. “I urge cultural, religious and political leaders to get back in the field because there is a new HIV battle that has increased the rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Uganda,” he said.

“We need to strengthen the health systems in Uganda by focusing on all the districts especially the remote villages where there is still a high rate of HIV/AIDS,” he added on.

Hon. Kamanda Bataringaya, State Minister for Primary Education who officially opened the occasion on behalf of Minister for Presidency, urged everyone to put more emphasize in the prevention of HIV/AIDS in the country by working together. “Work together to strengthen this system,” he said.

He also said that funding is the critical factor in implementing this fight against the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

“The cardinal message is Abstain from sex till marriage for the youth, Be faithful to your partners for those mature enough to be in relationships and if you cannot avoid temptations use a condom,” said Bataringaya.

Mr. Musa Bungudu, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, appealed to the Government of Uganda to put more finances in this fight against AIDS. “We need to look at resource reality in the country which should be in a timely manner and allocated responsibility,” he said.

According to the Annual performance review of the National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS financial year 2011/2012, its main goal is HIV prevention to reduce HIV incidence by 30% by 2015. The number of new infections was estimated to be 128,000 in 2010 and the target is to reduce the annual infections to 94,503 by 2015.

Some of the main challenges being faced include inadequate reports (monthly reports and other activity reports) hamper progress monitoring as well as timely documentation, HIV mainstreaming is still a challenge especially for sectors and local governments. Also planned activities are not adequately implemented and weak linkages between district local governments, cultural institutions and religious institutions.

However the Uganda Aids Commission commends the government to review the funding in local governments by providing an affirmative action for funding towards HIV/AIDS response in urban areas and other hotspots.


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