Uganda: Activists Petition Museveni On HIV

00251008-7eed9cc3353fdd99de1c9d8db211b8d8-arc614x376-w614-us1Civil society groups have urged President Museveni not to endorse the HIV/Aids Prevention and Control Bill, which criminalises intentional transmission of the disease. In their May 21 petition, Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), Global Network for People Living with HIV, and International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, asked the president to show leadership by refusing to assent to the legislation.

“Uganda has taken a giant leap backwards in the struggle against HIV,” Dr Noreen Kaleeba, founding director of The Aids Support Organisation (Taso), told journalists last week.

“This bill has weakened Uganda’s HIV prevention efforts and we are concerned that the law will have a negative impact on our historical role as a country leading the African continent and the world in creating innovative response to fighting HIV,” she added.

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Author: Shifa Mwesigye

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