The Decentralized Policy established in 1992 is one of the instruments Uganda is using to response to HIV/AIDS at the community level. The overall objective of the Decentralization Policy is to empower local communities to take control of their own development strategies.
Uganda AIDS Commission accorded high priority to the use of the decentralized system to respond to declining HIV/AIDS control efforts and increasing HIV prevalence in the country. Through this system, the Commission is equipping local authorities to ably mobilize local resources for HIV interventions, as well as to ensure that all resources are efficiently used to better the lives of communities.
The delivery of AIDS services through the decentralized approach is the best in ensuring a sustainable response to the pandemic. In light of this, Uganda AIDS Commission established AIDS Coordination Structures in all the districts of Uganda. The district HIV technical team handles and leads all HIV related operations in the communities.
Furthermore, the Commission established Zonal Coordination units in 2013 to boost and improve the functionality of AIDS coordination structures at district and community levels. This will improve functional linkages, technical support and empower the districts to operate efficiently. The Zonal Coordination units will coordinate planning, partnerships, monitoring and evaluation all HIV activities at local government level.
In sum, good governance and leadership is essential in the delivery of HIV services to communities. Therefore, Uganda AIDS Commission is committed to coordinate all government sectors through the decentralized system to eliminate HIV and AIDS.