KAMPALA — Mayor Emmanuel Sserunjoji has launched a Committee which is responsible for among others championing awareness on HIV/AIDS as well as reducing new infections in Kawempe Division.
The Committee that includes representatives from sex workers, faith based organisations, non-governmental bodies, Buganda Kingdom, technical staff and other people was launched at KCCA Chambers.
Mr. SSerunjongi emphasized the need for all leaders to collectively rise and fight against the disease, short of which, the future of the young generation is in shambles.
“I wish to appreciate the members of the committee for accepting to offer a free service in ensuring good health for our people. You will be responsible for ensuring that the spread of HIV/AIDS reduces in Kawempe Division through putting forward the guidelines and policies to be followed in that regard,” he said.
He tasked the committee to ensure monitoring of reports on HIV/AIDS and follow them up to the implementation.
More than 1.4 million people in Uganda are estimated to be living with HIV.
As of 2018, the estimated HIV prevalence among adults (aged 15 to 49) stood at 5.7%, 8.8% by adult women living with HIV while their counterparts stood at 4.3%.
Mr. Sserunjongi said the epidemic is firmly established in the general population.