Persons Living with HIV Demand Affirmative Action under OWC

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Michael Ateria, the chairperson of Katakwi district forum for people living with HIV says whereas some of their members have since benefited from the program, several others are struggling despite being incapacitated by the virus.

Persons Living with HIV in Katakwi district are demanding for special consideration under Operation Wealth Creation, a government initiative started to enhance household participation in commercial agriculture.

The program, which runs under the National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADS, is used for community mobilization, distribution of agricultural inputs, and facilitation of agricultural production chains across the country.

It gives special consideration to Persons with Disabilities, elders, widows, and child headed families. However, Persons Living with HIV say that they equally need affirmative action considering the vulnerabilities they have to endure.

Michael Ateria, the chairperson of Katakwi district forum for people living with HIV says whereas some of their members have since benefited from the program, several others are struggling despite being incapacitated by the virus.  
 
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Ateria is optimistic that including Persons Living with HIV on the list of vulnerable groups will increase the number of beneficiaries under Operation Wealth Creation and improve their livelihood. He faults local councils for failing to address the plight of Persons Living with HIV
 
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Lt. Col. Filbert Oumo, the Katakwi district Operation Wealth Creation - Coordinator says whereas the program intends to cover everybody, the available agricultural inputs are not enough to cover all categories of people.
 
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Katakwi district chairperson Walter Elakas Okiring says government cannot cater for all the special groups at once but acknowledged the need for supporting People Living with HIV. There are over 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Katakwi district.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.