AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination

When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives. Because the girl had AIDS, which can fuel stigmatization and invite harsh judgment, the mother wanted her daughter's condition kept a secret within the family. Yet as she grew older, Natukunda, now 18 and the latest winner of a beauty pageant for young Ugandan women with the virus that causes AIDS, yearned to live openly, even if it meant people saying harsh things behind her back. Natukunda was crowned Miss Young Positive during a boisterous affair at a Kampala hotel…
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Alcohol Bill Gets Nod From Health Ministry, Civil Society

Government has welcomed the proposed Alcohol Drinks Control Bill 2016, saying it will help reduce excessive alcohol consumption in the country. The Bill, a private members' initiative, spearheaded by the Mukono Municipality MP, Ms Betty Nambooze, seeks to consolidate all alcoholic-related laws and sets tougher sanctions on alcohol consumption. The principal medical officer of mental health and control of substance abuse at the Health ministry, Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi, said the Bill, if passed into law, will reduce government expenditure on alcohol-related diseases. "We are soon tabling an Alcohol Control Policy. This policy directs on the consumption of alcohol and how…
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National HIV/AIDS Household Survey Begins

The Ministry of Health launched the Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA) at the Ministry headquarters recently. The nationwide household survey will help in estimating HIV incidence, prevalence and viral load suppression among adults and children and provide accurate national and regional level data on the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country and will be used in planning for the response to the epidemic. The information collected through UPHIA will benefit both the country and its citizens. This data will be utilized by stakeholders in the HIV/AIDS response to mobilize resources to support the…
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Church Of Latter day Saints Donates Wheelchairs To Ministry Of Health

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter ­day Saints based in United States of America donated 270 Wheelchairs worth 2 billion shillings to Ministry of Health. The Donation comes at a time when Ministry of Health is in the final planning stage for a massive assessment of the magnitude of people faced with physical disability resulting from accidents and the recent internal conflict in Northern Uganda. Records at the Ministry of Health headquarters show that Uganda has 1.5 million people with disabilities and majority of whom have physical disability. Zalwango Salama, a resident of Bwaise and Ronald Wisdom who stays…
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Role of Uganda National Disease Control

The National Disease Control Division is responsible for day to day programs aimed at control and management of diseases in the country. The program has 8 sub programs under its control. 1. Epidemiology and Surveillance 2. National TB and Leprosy Program : This program is responsible for development and implementation of Policy and Technical guidelines for HIV / NAIDS prevention and Control. The National TB & Leprosy Program has further does the following; Development of the National plan for TB and Leprosy control, provided general management of the TB and Leprosy control, coordinated TB and Leprosy control Programme activities, built…
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