POLICY GAPS HINDERING HIV/AIDS CARE

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The director of policy, research and programming at Uganda AIDS Commission, Dr. Zepher Karyabakabo says that commission has commenced the process of formulating policy for all learning institutions in Uganda to ensure that issues of children living with HIV and stigma related issues are extensively addressed.

BY AARON AINOMUGISHA. Health authorities and experts in Kabale district western Uganda have asked the government through the Uganda AIDS Commission to consider establishing strong HIV/AIDS school policy compelling all learning institutions, for all learners living with HIV to access better care without being stigmatized and discriminated especially those in primary and secondary schools.

The Kabale district health officer Dr. Gilbert Arinaitwe Mateeka says that once the policy is formulated and implemented, it will help to reduce on stigmatization and discrimination among children living with HIV hence providing them with good learning environment.

According to the principal health educator Alfred Besigensi, the policy should also compel heads and proprietors of schools to employ trained and skilled health personnel to help in counseling such children and follow them to monitor how they are getting health care. Most schools in Kabale (like some in other parts of Uganda) do not employ trained health personnel and this has affected children living with HIV due to lack of proper guidance.

The director of policy, research and programming at Uganda AIDS Commission, Dr. Zepher Karyabakabo says that commission has commenced the process of formulating policy for all learning institutions in Uganda to ensure that issues of children living with HIV and stigma related issues are extensively addressed.

 

 

 

 

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