Emily Awio, in charge ART clinic at Ogur HCIV, says that the bulk ARVs are given to people to last them six months. She explains that the drugs are given to people who have a stable viral load and those who have been on treatment for more than two years.
in Lira have resorted to distributing Anti-retroviral drugs in bulk to Persons
living with HIV.
This initiative follows last years’ experience when several people especially People with Disabilities-PWDs
and adolescents abandoned the treatment after failing to access their drug
refills at health facilities following the ban on public transport as one of
the measures to contain the spread of covid-19.
the health facilities which started the initiative include Ogur Health Centre
IV, Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Aromo Health Centre III and Amach Health
Emily Awio, in charge ART
clinic at Ogur HCIV, says that the bulk ARVs are given to people to last them
six months. She explains that the drugs are given to people who have a stable
viral load and those who have been on treatment for more than two years.
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Aketch, an adolescent living with HIV said the initiative of distributing the
drugs in bulk is a relief to her and her colleague who could not travel to the
health facilities for drug refills.
Among, the former Miss Youth Positive says giving ARVs in bulk is a great move especially
for the adolescence who struggle to get travel permits from the leaders to
access health facilities.
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But Lillian Mworeko, the Regional Coordinator International
Community of Women Living with HIV in Eastern Africa, believes that giving ARVs
in bulk may not be a solution because some people do not want to keep their medication
for fear of stigma.
Mworeko cites some adolescents who have not disclosed their status to relatives.
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Victor Rwengabo, the HIV coordinator for Mid North at the Uganda
Aids Commission-UAC says that they are in partnership with the Ministry of Health and
District Health Teams, to ensure that
Persons living with HIV receive all the necessary care and treatment amidst
Following the suspension of public transport, several districts came up with initiatives
to ensure that people living with HIV continue receiving treatment. In some districts,
health workers resorted to the door to door delivery of the life-prolonging
Antiretroviral (ARV) while others started distributing anti-retroviral drugs to
HIV positive under the community outreach program.
Under the program, antiretroviral drugs will on designated days be
delivered to health facilities closer to the homes of HIV positive people.