The leadership of Masaka City Council has been tasked to work out
new strategic interventions to reduce HIV/AIDs case incidences in the
The 2020 HIV prevalence map by the Ministry of Health and
Uganda AIDS Commission, places Masaka in the red-line of the top five districts with
the highest threat of HIV incidence across the country. The Map shows that the HIV prevalence rate in Masaka stands
at 11.7 per cent among people aged 15 to 49 years, far above the national prevalence of 6.2 per cent.
Matsiko, the Southwestern Zonal Coordinator of the
Uganda AIDS Commission says that such alarming figures call for fresh
interventions to bring the HIV prevalence down. He said that the cases
are largely concentrated in
the urban centres and on landing sites, which frustrates the
country’s aspirations of bringing to zero new HIV infections by the year
Matsiko said that local council leaders need to directly
undertake responsibilities of customizing and strategically implementing HIV
prevention interventions within their areas of jurisdiction as an appropriate
way to supplement efforts by the Ministry of Health and other agencies that
operate at the national level.
“now they can…
Cue out….further lowered.”//
Matsiko also launched a multi-stakeholder District HIV/AIDS Response Taskforce that will be charged with inventing,
coordinating, and evaluating all strategic interventions aimed at bringing down
the prevalence rate Masaka.
committee compromises the Masaka City Mayor as the
Chairperson, the local council departmental heads, the representatives
technical wings, religious and cultural institutions, who are all
expected to harmoniously coordinate local approaches towards addressing
Cue out….this high.”//
Cue out…tuyinza kolawo ki.”//
Abdullah Kato, the Deputy County Chief for Buddu; the
representative of the Buganda Kingdom in the area says they are equally
concerned about the HIV incidences that have not declined for a while. He says that they had already undertaken a campaign to
reawaken parents to fully own the responsibility of ending HIV and teenage pregnancy.
Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor who is
going to chair the HIV prevention task force says they are going summon all
services providers operating in the area, to make regular assessments on their
current response activities as well as forge a way forward to achieve their
preferred objective in the shorted time possible.
Luganda//Cue in; “information gyetufunye…
Cue out….gyebuli busaasaana.”//
to the HIV prevalence map, Masaka rests in the fifth
position as Kalungu district with 11.7 per cent prevalence, behind Gulu
with 12.4 per cent, Mbarara with 13.1 per cent, Kabarole with
14.6 per cent, and Kalangala district that ranks first with 18.8 per
cent HIV prevalence.