Kabale District in the Spot Light for Neglecting HIV Infected Street Children

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Non Government Organizations and Kabale district local government are trading accusations for neglecting children living with HIV/Aids.

Non Government Organizations and Kabale district local government are trading accusations for neglecting children living with HIV/Aids.  Dr. Patrick Tusiime, Kabale District Health Officer says that in 2008 it was resolved that NGOs looking after street children establish their sero status to help the district support them.

He says that under the arrangement 15 street children were enrolled for ARVs at Kabale Referral Hospital. Dr Tusiime says that the policy has failed to work because of the high number of brief case NGO’s claiming to support street children in the district.
 

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 He claims that the NGO even failed to follow up and monitor the 15 children who put ARV treatment to ensure they comply with the treatment. Dr Tusiime believes that if the NGOs were effective they would have been able to collect sufficient data on the sero status of street children. Maurine Katusabe, Kabale District Probation officer says that her office has no budget to help her identified street children living with HIV/Aids.


She says that identifying HIV positive children is not a priority of her office unless they get some donor funding. Ronald Kasirikale, Manager Hector Foundation accuses the district of failing to work with them to identify street children living with HIV/Aids.  Kasirikale says that his organization used to facilitate organizations that would mobilize street children for Voluntary Counseling and Testing.


He says that the foundation used to provide transport and facilitation for the organizations to monitor street children put on ARV treatment. Leonard Byamukama of Children Rescue Voluntary Organization says that his organization is currently supporting 3 street children on ARV treatment at Kabale Referral hospital. He accuses the district of doing little to support them. Byamukama explains that most of the children are orphans who need food, shelter and mental rehabilitation.