Alcoholism Threatens Uganda's HIV Success Story – Museveni

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President Museveni says Ugandas success story in the fight against HIV is fading with a steady rise in new infections among adolescents. He adds that most new infections arise out of intoxication.

President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Ministry of Health to refocus HIV messages and target alcoholics. He says decisions made out of the influence of alcohol are frustrating gains in the fight against HIV, the virus that causes HIV.

President Museveni says Uganda's success story in the fight against HIV is fading with a steady rise in new infections among adolescents.

Statistics by Uganda Aids Commission indicates that about 320 young people get HIV AIDS in Uganda every day. President Museveni says most of these infections arise out of intoxication. He adds that although there is a reported reduction in new infections from 140,000 in 2014 to 83,000 in 2015, the number is still unacceptable.

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President Yoweri Museveni was speaking in Kalangala on Thursday during the national commemoration event for the International Aids Day.  The largely fishing community of Kalangala has an HIV prevalence rate of 35 percent, far above the national average of 7 percent.

Kalangala district HIV AIDS focal person Dr Edward Muwanga attributed the rate to illiteracy and recklessness among members of the fishing community.

Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health is optimistic that HIV will be managed with the test and treat approach that Uganda recently rolled out in line with World Health Organisation guidelines.
 
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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.