3 September 2008

Uganda: Kalangala Given Motorcycles to Fight HIV

Kampala — KALANGALA local district government on Saturday got 12 Yamaha motorcycles worth sh35m to conduct door-to-door HIV counselling and voluntary testing.

The move was aimed at curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the fishing communities around Lake Victoria. The district health officer, Hillary Bitakalamire, said: "Our work of sensitising communities about HIV/ AIDS has always been limited by the lack of transportation to the various fishing communities in Kalangala and the neighbouring villages. And as a result, a number of people have contracted HIV because of ignorance."

According to statistics, 30% of the district's population is HIV-positive.

Bitakalamire said under the district project dubbed Home Based HIV Voluntary counselling and Testing, teams of specialists would also provide antiretroviral treatment to people living with the disease.

The motorcycles were a grant from the centre for disease control and prevention and the department of health and human services based in the United States of America.

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