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Student leaders equipped to equip peers with the HIV/AIDS message
Over 150 youth leaders from universities in Uganda were asked to shun life styles that expose them to the risk of contracting HIV. This message was delivered by the Director General of Uganda AIDS Commission, Dr. David Kihumuro Apuuli at a two day youth leadership workshop organized by the Office of the President. The workshop was held on 29th to 30th January, at Pope Paul Memorial Centre in Kampala.
In his remarks, the Minister for Political Mobilization Hon. Richard Todwong who was the chief organizer of this workshop called upon the students to balance between their academics and leadership responsibilities. Minister Todwong and several speakers said the future of Uganda lies in the hands of the youth and therefore urged them to search for their hidden potential, and act on it.
Dr. Kihumuro Apuuli advised student leaders to mobilize and share rightful information with their peers. "Every youth should test for HIV in order to know your status." he said. The HIV prevalence rate among the youth between the ages of 20-24 is at 7.1 for women and 2.8 for man. "It is higher among the women because of circumstances where girls around these age groups tend to go in for older men," he explained.
The AID Commission continues to engage and mobilized influential individuals such as youth, top religious and cultural to reach out to communities and spread the rightful HIV/AIDS prevention message to every Ugandan.
The youth leadership workshop aimed at equipping the participants with skills and information on HIV/Aids prevention, nationalism and patriotism politics, employment, financial literacy and security. The forum was highly interactive and youth leaders were given a platform to actively engage in discussions on issues affecting the youth.