MPs Urged To Spearhead HIV Programs

buy information pills geneva;”>Speaking at a dialogue with the lawmakers at Parliament on Thursday, the speaker highlighted the need to change in the strategy in the fight against the virus.

“All of us must accept that not enough is being done. We need to restrategize and refocus our energies so that messages can go to the people who need them and we save our people,” explained Kadaga.

The Speaker also reaffirmed the need for all leaders to play a positive role in pushing the HIV/AIDS messages to the communities.


“I think we need to go back and have the political will to talk about this matter. One of the responsibilities I want to give to MPs is to recommit ourselves and start talking again to the population. They will listen to you and even those who don’t want to listen will at least hear it,” Kadaga told the law makers.

The speaker therefore urged members to fast track the bill on HIV that provides for an HIV basket fund which will finance medication for patients.

Kadaga argued that the fund once created will reduce the dependence on donor support for HIV/AIDs programmes.

“Parliament will revive its annual HIV/AIDs awards to recognize persons who make considerable contribution to the campaign,’’ Kadaga revealed.

The State Minister for health Dr.Elioda Tumwesigye reported to legislators that the ministry reprogrammed the HIV strategy and positive results have been recorded.

“For the first time this year, the number of new infections is much lower than the number of persons on ARVs,”explained Tumwesigye.

The state minster therefore noted this will help reduce on the number of new infections.

“The approaches to prevent mother to child transmission have reduced the number of babies born with the virus,” noted Tumwesigye.

The Executive Director for UNAIDs Michel Sidibe applauded Parliament for its role in the HIV fight but appealed to MPs to always ensure that the people who are most at risk have access to services.

“We are very encouraged by the decline in new infections recorded in Uganda after ten years. But we must remember that spread of HIV is a lack of social redistribution. As MPs, you need to ensure that the poor and marginalized access treatment for HIV, ”Sidibe told the legislators.

The UNAID Executive Director added “we need to give service to the most vulnerable. If we don’t, they will go underground and infect many more. Access to life saving medication should be guaranteed for all.

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