The Director for the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Sheila Tlou, has visited Uganda to advocate for accelerated action to address the trend of rising new HIV infections in the country. According to UNAIDS data, 360 new HIV infections occur per week in Uganda among adolescent girls and young women aged 15–24 years.
Uganda has been identified as one of the Fast-Track countries globally that can make a significant contribution to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Ms Tlou congratulated the First Lady of Uganda, Janet Museveni, for the country’s efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Uganda saw a drop in new HIV infections among children of 86% from 2009 to 2015.
The First Lady took note of the commitment by UNAIDS to support the delivery of a country-specific sexual health educational programme that reflects the will and values of the Ugandan people. Comprehensive sexuality education, championed by UNAIDS, is a critical aspect of empowering young women to prevent HIV infections.
While in Uganda, Ms Tlou also met with the King and Queen Mother of the Tooro Kingdom and the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.