Children cancer once seemed a foreign, rare and unheard of sickness in Kampala or Uganda as a whole but recently is the root cause to fundraisers, notices for help and takes up a majority of hospital admissions.
Just a over a decade ago, Karamoja used to be a model region with the lowest HIV prevalence rates in Uganda despite the fact that it was neighboring the insecure northern region. According to the 2006 Uganda Health Demographic Survey, HIV/AIDS prevalence in Karamoja was at 3.5%.
For many young people in Uganda and beyond, growing up as an adolescent comes with a lot of challenges especially where health is concerned. On the one hand, are the puzzling body changes rising out of puberty like wet dreams and menstruation and on the other, the vulnerability to sexuality risks such as teenage pregnancies and exposure to HIV.
As a young boy, I struggled with low self esteem as I discovered myself. People kept overlooking me and I couldn't comfortably hang with my friends. Silently, I always hoped that one day I could create a positive impact in my community.
The inception and planning meeting was organized following the handover last week of the Soroti region to TASO by Baylor Uganda who has been implementing a related regional project. The meeting was attended by over 80 participants drawn among a cross section of key district-based stakeholders who included political, civil, cultural and religious leaders, network of People Living with HIV, Civil Society and health service providers
TASO-Soroti Regional Project is a consortium involving TASO, UFFCA and University Research Co., LLC (URC) that is implementing a project to accelerate Epidemic Control in Soroti region under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).