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Kabarole District Council Passes Resolution for Special Attention to Learners with HIV :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kabarole District Council Passes Resolution for Special Attention to Learners with HIV

During a council sitting held at the district headquarters in Kitumba on Wednesday, Kabarole district Chairman Richard Rwabuhinga argued that boarding schools lack special provisions for children living with HIV, which subjects them to stigma and discrimination.
Councillors noted that HIV positive learners in boarding schools are struggling to get drugs and counselling and resolved that a special program be rolled in these instutions to help them out.

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Kabarole District Council has passed a resolution seeking special attention for learners with HIV in boarding schools.        

During a council sitting held at the district headquarters in Kitumba on Wednesday, Kabarole district Chairman Richard Rwabuhinga argued that boarding schools lack special provisions for children living with HIV, which subjects them to stigma and discrimination.      

Rwabuhinga explained that with the resolution, the district is going to work with the Ministry of Education and that of Health to roll out a program that ensures that such learners are able to get access to drugs even when they are at school in order to get psychosocial support and achieve viral suppression.  

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Karambi Sub County Councilor Joseph Mashuhuko, the seconder of the motion argued that because most of the boarding schools already have a shortage of nurses, the two ministries should provide a special health worker to attend to children living with HIV. 

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Mary Rwakyaka, the Fort Portal Municipality Representative to the council said that parents should equally be sensitized on their roles when the program is eventually rolled out.     

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Kyebambe Girls’ Secondary Headteacher Joy Karungi Mpairwe said the resolution was long overdue. She disclosed that HIV patients at her school are regularly taken to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital to access anti-retroviral therapy and for counseling. 

Mpairwe added that most of the students are stigmatized when they line up for drugs with non-students at health units outside the school set up. She noted that with the resolution in place, students will remain in school and access all drugs at their convenience.      

The Education Committee has now been tasked to write to the two concerned ministries for their input and take feedback to the council sitting so that the program can be rolled out.