STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: The Executive Director of UNAIDs, Winnie
Byanyima, has thanked President Museveni for his immense contribution in
the HIV/Aids fight.
At a meeting at State House Entebbe today (Tuesday), Byanyima saluted
and congratulated the President for his efforts in fighting HIV /AIDS and
driving the awareness campaign in the country.
Byanyima, giving an overview of the state of affairs in the HIV/Aids fight,
told the President that efforts should be placed on messages of prevention
if the war against the pandemic is to won.
“Prevention has not had much attention. It needs to be boosted. For
example there are medicines that can be taken when at high risk of
infection. Not enough people know about this,” she said.
She added that focus could also be placed on specific groups that are at
high risk of infection or transmission like sexual minorities and commercial
“It is important for health service providers to do their part and attend to
these minorities without being judgmental. Moralising should be left to
moralists,” she said.
Byanyima, who was accompanied by the UNAIDs country director, Karusa
Kirangu, briefed President Museveni on the upcoming International
Conference on AIDs and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA).
Uganda won the rights to host the 21st edition of International Conference
on AIDs and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa, which will take place
next year, 2021.
President Museveni welcomed and thanked Byanyima and her delegation
for supporting preparations for the upcoming conference. He pledged
government’s support in organising the event.
The President also said the laws and regulations guiding the operations of
the Uganda Aids Commission would be reviewed to ensure smooth and
effective operations at the agency.
The meeting was also attended by the State Minister for Health, Joyce