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250 Persons Living with HIV in Greater Arua Receive Aid to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

Justine Afuruku, the Project Focal Person from Agakhan Foundation, said that they have earmarked over Shillings 300 million over a period of 12 months and urged the HIV positive Persons to use the donation to enable them to find other sustainable survival opportunities.
AgaKhan Officials Handing Over Food aid to Persons Living with HIV in Arua.

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At least 250 Persons Living with HIV in Greater Arua have received food and hygiene packs to help them mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19. Statistics from the HIV department in Arua hospital, show that there is an estimated 11,834 people living with HIV/Aids.

However, 9,000 people have since been identified. Fifteen percent of these are children below 14 years of age. Now, on Friday, the National Forum of People Living with HIV Networks Uganda-NAFOPHANU with support from the Agakhan Foundation and  European Union handed over relief support to 250 Persons Living with HIV. 

The items included 1,998 Kgs of Supa Rice, 6,660 Kgs of Maize flour, 3,330 Kgs of beans, salt, 20 bicycles Sanitizers, Hygiene Packs among others. Justine Afuruku, the Project Focal Person from Agakhan Foundation, said that they have earmarked over Shillings 300 million over a period of 12 months and urged the HIV positive Persons to use the donation to enable them to find other sustainable survival opportunities.

According to Afuruku, every three months, the Foundation will reach out with food to Persons Living with HIV Aids until March next year before the donation concludes. 

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Stella Kentutsi, the Executive Director of the National Forum of People Living with HIV Networks Uganda-NAFOPHANU, said the support will help Persons Living with HIV to adhere to medication so as to boost their immunity against diseases like COVID-19. 

According to Kentutsi, NAFOPHANU will continue to conduct more awareness campaigns and support HIV Expert Clients to reach out to their peers for the next one year period.   

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Jack Kokole, the Coordinator of Persons Living with HIV Greater Arua applauded the Agakhan Foundation for coming to their aid adding that many of their members went through immense suffering during the lockdown.   

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Speaking on behalf of the National Association of Women living with HIV NACWOLA Arua the Coordinator, Donah Aseru, said that the support has come at a time when many of them need a hand to pull them to move forward in life.   

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Lucy Anena the HIV focal point person for Arua City commended the AgaKhan Foundation and National Forum of People Living with HIV Networks Uganda-NAFOPHANU for the aid, saying that it will help reverse the effects of COVID-19, which their members went through in the last two years. 

The support is currently being rolled out in Kampala, Arua City and Arua District.