Bickering Threatens HIV Fight in Kalangala

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Emmanuel Kayanja, the chairperson of one of the organizations, says the infighting has led to mistrust among patients and civil society organizations.

Infighting among health service providers and Non-government organizations involved in the fight against HIV/Aids in Kalangala has affected the delivery of drugs and counseling services to People Living with HIV/Aids in outlying islands in the district. 


Some of the NGOs involved in the HIV fight are Bufumira Island Development Association, Sustainable Development Initiative, Kalangala Forum for People Living with HIV AIDs Network, Kalangala District NGO Forum, Path Uganda, Rakai Health Sciences Project and Kalangala Comprehensive Public Health Services Project among others. 
 
 
The NGOs are mandated to work on advocacy for better health services and the provision of counseling and ART treatment for People Living with HIV/Aids. However, some of the NGOs operate in the same areas, which has led to bickering because of duplication of work.
 

Some of the NGOs trade accusations at conferences with some accusing others of lacking expertise to work in Kalangala. Harrison Ssemyaalo, the chairperson of People Living with HIV/Aids in Kyamuswa health Sub District, says the bickering has been on for the last three years.  Emmanuel Kayanja, the chairperson of one of the organizations, says the infighting has led to mistrust among patients and civil society organizations.

 
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In March this year, Kalangala Comprehensive Public Health Services Project lost funding of up to Shillings 6 billion for People Living with HIV/Aids to Rakai health Sciences Project. The funding was meant to improve livelihoods of People Living with HIV/Aids.


This according to Herbert Mugambe, a member of Kalangala Social Services Committee jeopardized the delivery of drugs and palliative care to People Living with HIV/Aids, which threatens the lives of ordinary people.
 

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The bickering has prompted the stakeholders to devise means to ensure harmony among civil society organizations. This includes holding an annual joint meeting amongst the organizations so as to understand their roles.
 
 
Robert Musoke, the Coordinator Path Uganda in Central Region, a non-government organization fighting the spread of HIV, say this will help to improve the working relationship and health service delivery in Kalangala district.


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The HIV prevalence in Kalangala district stands at 23% according to the District HIV/AIDs focal person, Edward Muwanga. Last year, Kalangala Resident District Commissioner, Caleb Tukaikiriza called all NGOs for a meeting to stem the bickering, but none of them showed up.