The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Mugyenyi Launches Book On HIV/Aids

The Mbarara University Council chairman, Prof Peter Mugyenyi, has returned to writing, with a book titled: A Cure too far: The struggle to end HIV/Aids.

Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga will launch the book at Sheraton Kampala hotel on February 20. In his new book, Mugyenyi gives a new account of the tricky virus that has rendered medicine and medical practice almost useless.

Mugyenyi's last book, Genocide by Denial (2008), detailed how the fight against Aids was lost in two battles involving a committed killer and selfish big pharmaceutical companies.

The new book takes the shape of a biography of HIV/Aids and the fight against it, set primarily in Uganda and other places across the world.

It is a narrative of the yet-to-end trail of havoc the disease has visited on the world's poorest continent - telling the story of both the work and bizarre responses of a cornered populace and desperate state.

The 11-section book also explains why improved dissemination of HIV/Aids knowledge and access to antiretroviral therapy - has made the illness less scaring - and in the same vein reduced the stigma that was associated with it.

Appointed the head of the Joint Clinical Research Centre in 1990, Mugyenyi would be met with a situation so dire and greatly overwhelming: Victims suffered loss, deprivation, acute stigma, theft and innumerable abuses; money-hunters, on the other hand, manifesting in different forms, aggressively sought to make a kill.

Mugyenyi, a paediatrician, is recognized as one of the world's foremost specialists and researchers in the field of HIV/Aids.

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