Luweero Launches New HIV/Aids Strategic Plan

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Edward Kalyesuubula, the Luweero District HIV Focal Person, says according to their plan they intend to mobilize Shillings 23 billion from Implementing Partners, the Central and Local governments among others to facilitate HIV related activities.

Luweero district health department has launched a five year strategic plan aimed at streamlining activities targeting at curbing HIV/AIDS infections in the area.


Luweero recorded an upsurge of HIV infections increasing the prevalence rate from 6.4% to 8.4 % last year, according to statistics from the health department.
 

The national HIV prevalence rate stands at 6.0% after dropping from 7.3 % in 2016. The report also shows that 25,284 of the 38, 384 persons living with HIV in the district know their status.


Edward Kalyesuubula, the Luweero District HIV Focal Person, says according to their plan they intend to mobilize Shillings 23 billion from Implementing Partners, the Central and Local governments among others to facilitate HIV related activities.



He says the strategic plan will provide clear areas of investment to Non-Government Organizations that want to operate in the district to avoid duplication of services and fake projects.


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The five year strategic plan 2015/16-2019/20 was drawn with support from Makerere University School of Public Health through the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support Program (METS).
 
The plan proposes to strengthen four major areas that include prevention, care and treatment, social support and systems to bring down the HIV prevalence rate.
 
The plan seeks to achieve the goals set by UNAIDS to identify 90% of the people with HIV and enroll them on Anti-Retro Viral Therapy so as to suppress their viral load to undetectable levels.



Rose Baryamutuma, the Focal Officer  for Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support Program, explains that the district has introduced a new strategy to test and track people who could have had intercourse with persons found to be HIV positive.
 

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In the plan the district intends to re-orient health workers on HIV, increase adoption of safer sexual behaviors, mitigate underlying social, cultural ,gender and other factors that drive HIV among others. Local Leaders and Health Activists in Luweero have welcomed the strategic plan.

Abdullah Musisi Zziwa, the Coordinator of People living with HIV/AIDS says that targeting vulnerable groups during tests will help to reach the victims and give them support.


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Paul Mukungu, the Luweero town council LC 3 Chairperson, says the strategic plan is timely because there has been laxity in the struggle against HIV, adding that there is need to re-orient both health workers and local leaders to intensify the fight. 


Fred Kyeyune, the Assistant Luweero Chief Administrative Officer has called for compulsory testing of all people in Uganda to identify those living with HIV so as to enroll those found positive on ART if the virus is to be eliminated in the country.


The Luweero district HIV/AIDS Strategic plan for 2011/12-2014/ 2015 had gaps, which new one seeks to address. Only Shillings 3.2 billion was availed for the plan, way below the Shillings 10 billion that was needed to fight the scourge.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.