UNAIDS Expresses Shock over HIV/AIDS Increase
UNAIDS country Director, Ms Amakobe Sunde has urged the Committee on HIV/AIDS to restore Uganda’s pedigree as a leader in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
Meeting the Committee on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, Amakobe said that Uganda is losing the fight against HIV/AIDS and this should be a national concern.
“I am in total disbelieve over the numbers of new infections, especially of young adolescent girls in Uganda’’, she said.
Amakobe says that Uganda has 227 new infections among adolescents, 570 new infections among girls between the ages of 15-24 years and 83, 000 new cases annually.
“For a country that was hosting delegates to come and bench mark on how to tackle HIV/AIDS, your success is being tainted because of these new infections”. she said.
Hon. Judith Alyek, the chairperson of the Committee on HIV/AIDS, in agreement with Amakobe, expressed her disappointment in the increase of HIV new infections.
“Uganda has made tremendous progress in achieving the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT) but these efforts will not be realized if HIV positive mothers produce HIV negative babies, who later on in their adolescent lives, get infected,” Alyek said.
She emphasized the need for early interventions and pledged that the Committee would work with all stake holders to support Uganda achieve the 90-90-90 strategy by 2020.
The 90-90-90 strategy is an approach in HIV/AIDS prevention where 90% of the people should be tested for HIV/AIDS. If found to be HIV positive, 90% will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy such that by 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have a viral suppression.
Amakobe commended Uganda for setting up the AIDS Trust Fund, which she said is a great step towards increasing domestic financing, she asked the Committee to increase efforts in operationalizing it.