Advocates Demand Priority to HIV Prevention Activities in Kabarole

The HIV Ribbon that symbolizes the anti-HIV/AIDS Campaign

People living with HIV, activists and support organizations are pushing authorities in Kabarole district to prioritize HIV activities in order to scale up the fight against the pandemic.

They jointly argue that the funding of HIV activities is minimal despite the high prevalence rate in the district and the dire need for prevention and treatment facilities.

Latest surveys by the district health department indicate the HIV prevalence rate in the district stands at 13.5 percent higher than the national average of 7.3%.

In the 2014/2015 financial year budget allocations, Ugx 150 million was allocated to HIV activities.

Diana Musinguzi, the chairperson of National Community of Women Living with HIV (NACWOLA) in Kabarole observes a need for increased sensitization in order to contain further spread of the virus.

Such campaigns should be extended to schools on order to encourage students make informed healthy and moral decisions.

Betty Baguma, the chairperson of the coalition of people living with HIV in Rwenzori region says that services like the provision of treatment and care and testing for CD4 count among others are only available in the main hospitals and health centre IV’s located in urban centers.

This puts populations in distant rural centers at a disadvantage.

She adds that districts need to think of programs entirely meant for people living with HIV to enable them afford a living and cater for their families as the case is for other groups like the women and persons with disabilities

Paul Mpuuga, the Kabarole district HIV focal person says lack of funding for HIV activities is frustrating the fight since people are not adequately sensitized on the prevention measures. Mpuuga however is optimistic that the challenges will be addressed.

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