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Mufti Passes Out Uniform Messages On HIV for Muslims

Running under the theme "No Woman should die while giving birth to Life" the messages are based on five major areas namely ending HIV Aids as a public threat, Ending teenage pregnancies and early marriages, Fighting gender bases Violence, Maternal health and advocating for a manageable family.
Muft of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje

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The Mufti of Uganda Sheikh, Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has endorsed uniform messages on HIV/ Aids, Maternal health and Gender Based Violence for use by Muslim clerics.

The messages will be used in Muslim sermons and other gatherings were formulated and endorsed by the council of presidents of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda chaired by the Mufti. 

The Council is composed of heads of different faiths groups like Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and Dr. Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda, Metropolitan Yonah Lwanga, the head of the Orthodox Church, Pastor Joseph Sserwadda, the head of the Born Again Fellowship and Daniel Matte, the head of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Uganda.

Running under the theme "No Woman should die while giving birth to Life" the messages are based on five major areas namely ending HIV Aids as a public threat, Ending teenage pregnancies and early marriages, Fighting gender bases Violence, Maternal health and advocating for a manageable family.

While unveiling the messages on Wednesday at Gadhaffi National Mosque, Sheikh Mubaje said it should be the collective responsibility of all Ugandans to fight HIV/ Aids, Gender bases Violence and Maternal Health challenges among others. 

He called for strong families where the husband takes good care of his family to avoid violence and ensure proper upbringing of children.  He said a strong family is also based on couples being faithful to each other.

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As one of the messages, Sheikh Mubaje also asked parents to appreciate their role as guardians throughout the lives of their children. He explained that proper parenting could reduce on the number of child or teenage pregnancies in the country and the challenges that come with it.

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Speaking at the same media briefing, Sheikh Imran Ssali, one of the Imams of Gadhafi National Mosque explained that the issues being targeted by the messages are in line with the teachings of Islam. He cited several verses from the Quran and Hadith about parenting, health living and marriage relationships in Islam.

Baker Yiga Matovu, the National Coordinator Uganda Family Planning Consortium, says Gender based Violence, Maternal health and Child or teenage pregnancies have a connection to poverty and hence should be managed.

He says that a large family strains available resources and affects the health of family members where resources are unavailable. Uganda's population currently stands at 40 million. 

According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics, poverty levels increased from 17.4 % in 2014 to over 21 % in 2016.  

Matovu noted that there is need for such messages to be passes on to the people in a manner that delivers the messages effectively.

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Mariam Namata, the population program manager at UMSC, says that with such uniform messages, they will be able to measure compliance easily and assess the impact.

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