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Uganda Makes Progress In HIV/AIDS Fight Despite Fear Of Lingering Risks

Uganda Makes Progress In HIV/AIDS Fight Despite Fear Of Lingering Risks

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.

Jotham Mubangizi, the head of Strategic Information at UNAIDS Uganda said despite the 22% decline in HIV infections in the country, the levels are still too high with 54,000 infections registered in 2021 alone. This accounts for 1,100 weekly HIV infections to 158 new infections daily.

According to experts, about two-thirds of the new infections registered in 2021 were among women 64% compared to their male counterparts at 36%.

They even narrowed it down to a regional level with South Buganda registering the highest proportion of new HIV infections followed by North Buganda, Busoga, Acholi, Lango, Bunyoro, and Ankole

31 out of 146 districts contributed 60% of new HIV infections. Wakiso, Kampala, Lira, Mukono, Buikwe, Kabarole, Mbarara, Kyenjojo, Gulu, Luwero, Mubende, Masaka, Tororo, Kyotera, Jinja and Mbale registering the highest.

Apparently, among young people aged 15-24 years of age, almost four in every five new infections occurred among girls.

Despite great progress in the first half of the past decade since 2015, Uganda still registered 6,000 cases of vertical transmission. This is despite the tools available and science.

The bulk of HIV and AIDS financing in Uganda however continues to come from international sources. This accounted for 84% in 2017/18 and 83% in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

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