NGOs Unite to Address HIV Stigma in Youths

10 Non-Governmental Organisations on Saturday called upon government to join in the fight against HIV stigma more so among the adolescents all around the country.

Globally HIV kills more young people than the old.  About 6000 adolescents between the ages of 15-24 years worldwide get infected with HIV every day. This means that every year about 2.1million young people are HIV victims. 80% get the virus from their mothers and the 20% get it in their adolescent age.

While speaking at the 9th Annual Adolescent’s Sports Gala at Namboole stadium Dr Betty Nsangi Kintu, medications the Executive Director of Reach Out Mbuya, visit web a leading organization that organized the gala, said that through such events like sports galas they manage to reach out to many young people with message to guard themselves against HIV.

One of the tasks they have had to deal with, she said, is the addressing the problem of stigma and how to fight it while using sports.

The reason for the gala is to try and break the stigma among the young people. Give them a chance to display their talents and also participate in the process of creating awareness among their peers. They are taught to fight against HIV and also get to know their status for its important for them to know that they are not alone in the fight against HIV.

‘’This country’s highest percentage is made up of more adolescents  which means we need to empower them and make them very health because once they are health they will be more productive hence increasing development in the country’’ Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga the mayor of Nakawa Division said.

The sports gala was organised by the Naguru Teenage information and health centre,Makerere University Joint AIDS Program, Straight Talk Foundation, Marie Stopes, Mild May Uganda Reach a Hand, Reach Uut and Treasure Life Centre, Truckle Africa, Namugongo fund for special children and Naguru health network.

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