Presidential Initiative on HIV Launched in Karamoja

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While delivering President Musevenis speech at Lomukura Primary School, Kotido district, the Karamoja Affairs Minister, John Byabagambi, said its time for all Ugandans to revive the fight against HIV.

The Presidential Fast Track Initiative on ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda by 2030 has been launched in the regions of Karamoja and Teso.


The initiative looks at five key areas that include engaging men in HIV prevention and close the gap on new infections particularly among adolescent girls and young women, accelerate implementation of test and treat and attainment of 90-90-90 targets particularly among young men and young people. 

The others are consolidation of progress on elimination of mother- to- child transmission of HIV, ensuring financial sustainability for the HIV response and institutional effectiveness for a well-coordinated multi-sectoral response.


While delivering President Museveni's speech at Lomukura Primary School, Kotido district, the Karamoja Affairs Minister, John Byabagambi, said it's time for all Ugandans to revive the fight against HIV.


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He emphasized that much as the country has made progress in the reduction of HIV prevalence from 7.3 to 6.0 per cent, more needs to be done especially on the attitude.


Museveni warned that the availability of antiretroviral therapy shouldn't encourage the youth to engage in sexual risk behaviours.


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Since its launch in June 2017, the Presidential Fast Track Initiative has registered some progress in the regions, according to the report from the stakeholders' evaluation meeting.

Dr Francis Odeke, the District Health Officer Serere, who presented the report during the launch, noted that that the test and treat policy has been embraced in the Teso region over the last 16 months.

"In Teso Sub Region over the last one year, 27,002 men were tested for HIV and circumcised which averted an estimated 1,421 new infections while in Karamoja Sub Region, 69,193 were tested for HIV", he said.

He added that Teso has registered an increase in the number of persons who are virally suppressed from 57 to 69 per cent in the last one year while Karamoja has 77.9 per cent.

While making a presentation at the launch, people living with HIV appealed for more support especially on food and cluster of differentiation 4, CD4 count machine that they observed is not in Kotido.

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The current statistics put HIV prevalence in Teso at 5.1 per cent and Karamoja at 3.7 per cent.