Anomalies in Local Governments budgets hindering the fight against HIV/AIDS


BY AARON AINOMUGISHA. Local Governments will have to include HIV?AIDS activities in their budgets as the added measure to realise the desired target in fighting the pandemic, in line with “HIV/AIDS by 2030” target.

Ms Nankabirwa Joyce, the programs officer at The AIDS Support Organization-TASO says a lot is needed to realize 95% of testing, adherence & suppression, and anomalies in local government budgets must be addressed.

According to the Ministry of Health, currently there are 1.4 million people living with HIV in Uganda; 73% receiving treatment, 73% achieved suppression of the HIV virus to the point at which they are at low risk of infecting others.

1,200,000 of these are on treatment; 51,007 new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths now stand at 19,500.

Districts with high HIV prevalence include;Kalangala – 18%,Mbarara -15.2%,Gulu – 14.3%,Kabarole – 14.2%,Masaka – 11.5%,Kabale – 6.0%,Ntungamo – 5.6%,Isingiro – 4.8%,Rukiga – 4.9%,Luuka – 2.7%, among others .

Districts with low HIV prevalence include; Nabilatuk at 0.2%,Karenga at 0.6%,Amudat at 0.8%,Yumbe at 1.2%,Kween at 1.4% among others,as of August 2020.


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