National HIV/AIDS Prevention
Nation-wide HIV/AIDS activities in Uganda are guided by the National HIV Prevention Strategy (NPS) 2011-2015. The strategy aims to achieve the National HIV Prevention goal of reducing new HIV infections by 40% by 2015. Uganda AIDS Commission is mandated to offer leadership in the overall coordination of the national efforts in curbing drivers of the epidemic.
The HIV Prevention Strategy aims to:
- Increase adoption of safe sex behavior and reduce risky behavior.
- Expand the access to and use of biomedical prevention interventions.
- Mitigate socio-cultural and structural drivers of the HIV.
- Reach a more coordinated HIV prevention response.
- Strengthen information systems for HIV prevention at all levels.
After the Brazil AIDS 2008 meeting declaration the HIV Prevention Function was established in AIDS Commissions. Among the core responsibilities of the HIV Prevention Department is to:
Ensure that the HIV prevention is factored into all development sectors.
Develop and widely disseminate HIV prevention guidelines.
Coordinate the development of HIV prevention messages by different actors.
Advocate for HIV prevention in Uganda.
Identify HIV prevention priorities for research and implementation.
HIV Prevention Committees
Ministry of Health, Uganda National Health Research Organization, Uganda, Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organizations (UNASO), AIDS Information Centre, Ministry of Defense, State House,WHO, Inter-religious Council of Uganda, Ministry of Internal Affairs – Prisons & Police, Ministry of Education and Sports, People Living with HIV, USAID, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Centers for Disease Control, UNFPA, The World Bank and Uganda AIDS Commission.
The leadership advocacy strategy was completed and will soon be launched.
The HIV prevention messages were disseminated to all districts in Uganda.
Clan leaders of Bunyoro,Buganda and Bugwere were equipped with the new HIV prevention message.
Community dialogue meetings and studies were concluded in Bunyoro, Toro, Busoga, Bugisu and Karamoja.
Follow up of HIV prevention activities in Buganda cultural institutions was completed.
Two new specialized committees were formed.