Florence Najjumba, an HIV positive teacher in Masaka who was sacked by her employers - Masaka Municipal Council after she went public with her HIV positive status, can at last breathe a sigh of relief after a UK based organization, Health Exchange offered financial support.
After her plight was highlighted in our story, Sacked, dying for being HIV+, Patrick Kwesiga, the head of mental health and wellbeing at Health Exchange asked this newspaper for Najjumba's particulars. Health Exchange is offering financial support, medication and food supplements.
She received the first package on February 24. The package was delivered by Moses Nsereko, the Secretary for Planning and Organising at the Uganda National Teachers' Union (UNATU's) Southern region branch. The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has also picked interest in the matter.
According to the commission's Col Stephen Basaliza, UHRC has recorded statements from Najjumba and her care takers as well as the municipal education officer Moses Ochong, the town clerk Johnson Munono Baryantuma among others.
"We are registering it as an abuse, and once our investigations are complete, they [Municipal officers] will appear before our tribunal unless she has already taken the matter to court," Basaliza said.
Najjumba's case has also brought up several other similar cases that Basaliza said the commission is investigating.