UGX 400M Project Launched to Rehabilitate Sex Workers

4767 Views Mbale, Eastern Region, Uganda

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The two year project, a joint venture between Mbale Municipal Council and the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS, was launched on Wednesday to provide an alternative source of livelihood to prostitutes who abandon sex trade.

A 399 million shilling project to rehabilitate and reintegrate sex workers has been launched in Mbale.

The two year project, a joint venture between Mbale Municipal Council and the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS, was launched on Wednesday to provide an alternative source of livelihood to prostitutes who abandon sex trade.

Angela Neumbe, the Mbale Municipal Council Development Officer explains that under the project sex workers who abandon the trade will be offered funds to startup saloon business to offer them alternative source of income.

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Neumbe, however, says the project faces the challenge of mobilising sex workers to abandon the trade because the victims keep moving between Mbale and Kampala making it difficult to reach them.

She says the pilot project also aims at disseminating HIV/AIDS information to sex workers and long distance drivers.

Peer educators have been trained to disseminate information to high risk groups like the sex workers, long distance drivers and university students.

Titus James Twesigye, the project implementation specialist, says a similar pilot project is being implemented in Kampala and Mbarara.

Twesigye says the project targets urban centers because of the high rates of infection which stands currently at 10.1% compared to 5.7% in the villages.

In Mbale sex workers ply their trade openly on Naboa Road.