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Journalists Urged To Spearhead Spreading HIV/AIDS Prevention Messages

Journalists Urged To Spearhead Spreading HIV/AIDS Prevention Messages

Journalists in the southwestern region have been urged to join the team in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is among the key populations in the districts of Ntungamo, Kabale, and Lyantonde. Apparently, most of the populations in communities have continued to face a lot of challenges in this fight. Some of them include stigma, discrimination, sexual harassment and poverty.

Wasswa Achilles Kawooya, the executive director of the Organization for Community Empowerment (OCE) said these must stop going forward.

These challenges hinder people from achieving improved income, access to better health, and dealing with discrimination. Therefore, he revealed the important role played by journalists in supporting the population to fight such barriers.

Wasswa made these remarks on Sunday at Jerusalem Hotel Ntungamo. They had an engagement meeting with journalists in South Western Region which happens every year.

This year’s meeting focused on achieving health care services through qualified and friendly health centres for Key populations.

Wasswa appealed to media personnel to take up the responsibility of sensitizing the public against the spread of HIV/AIDs given the platform they have.

At least 10 of the journalists trained committed to cascade the skills to fight for the rights of key populations. They said that everyone can be affected or infected at any moment in life.

Ntungamo district has 17,718 people living with HIV/AIDs but only 13,488 are on drugs.

In similar news by NEWSLEXPOINT.com, in Uganda, at least 158 people get infected with HIV/AIDS on a daily basis. With that, a new UNAIDS report says the world is currently derailed from the tracks to end HIV/AIDS by 2030.

The 3.6% reduction in global HIV infections in 2021 is the smallest annual fall since 2016.

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