Oscar Ewaa, an ambassador representing the Young People Living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Uganda, says the initiative is aimed at scaling down HIV/AIDS prevalence among youths and improve the welfare of young people living with HIV/AIDS.
Lango, a non-governmental organization operating in partnership with Aids
Information Center-Uganda in nine districts of Lango has registered 1,500 Young
People Living with HIV/AIDS to offer voluntary services to HIV clients. The
recruits will be deployed at Apwori, Inomo, Chawente, Nambieso Health Center
IIIs and Aduku Health Center IV.
They will be charged with the responsibility of mobilizing, supporting and
sensitizing HIV/AIDS infected and affected persons, offering counselling and
guidance and distributing ARV drugs to clients in hard to reach areas in the
Oscar Ewaa, an ambassador representing the Young People Living with
HIV/AIDS in Northern Uganda, says the initiative is aimed at scaling down
HIV/AIDS prevalence among youths and improve the welfare of young people
living with HIV/AIDS.
Ewaa, the initiative will go a long way in reducing HIV/AIDS transmission in
the communities and improve the livelihoods of the Young people living with
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Some of the
Young Adolescent Peers who talked to Uganda Radio Network-URN on condition of
anonymity asked government and development partners to offer them support in their
bid to fight HIV/AIDS. They say that they are grappling with a lot of
challenges from stigma and trekking long distances to pick ARV drugs among
others that require support.
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Joseph Hayuni, the Managing Director USAID-Rites North Lango, says the
organisation is planning to register more than 4,500 Volunteers, in addition to
those already registered 1,500 to empower the young people living with HIV/AIDS
in the entire Lango. He asked district health departments to closely supervise
and encourage volunteers.
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Sam Fang Omara, the Kwania District HIV Focal Person is optimistic that the development will reduce HIV prevalence in the district and improve drug adherence
among HIV clients.
clients on ARVs are not regularly taking their medication, some of the patients
complain of hunger while some complain of lack of transport to reach health
facilities, but now that the volunteers are recruited, drug adherence will
improve,” he said in an interview on Monday.
Omara noted that skipping or abandoning treatment affects the reduction of the
viral load and protection of the immune system. Records from Kwania district
health department indicate that of more than 70,000 people on Anti-Retroviral
Treatment has abandoned treatment.
This is attributed to failure to access
treatment due to lack of transport to health facilities and food.
North Lango is working with support from JSI under Presidential Emergency Plan
for Aids Relieve- PEPFAR.