By Moses Muwulya,Communications Officer
Mr Alex Bagararukayo, a member on Kitovu Mobile Board of Directors has urged communities in Rakai District to raise their guard and fight against HIV/AIDS,saying many have relaxed after realising a sigh of relief.
Rakai was once known for its high AIDS-related deaths that struck fear across the country but recent reports indicate a remarkable drop in the prevalence rate,which according to Bagarukayo is breeding laxity.
“The battle is still on because HIV/AIDS has no cure yet and thus you need to keep your guard raised and protect yourselves against HIV is still rampant as more girls getting infected at an alarming rate,” Mr Bagarukayo stressed.
He was speaking to the adolescent girls and young women who get vocational skills at Rakai Town council modal safe space,where he had paid a visit to monitor the progress of Kitovu Mobile outreach activities,particularly the DREAMS project.
DREAMS is an initiative used by Kitovu Mobile to implement high-quality combination prevention to AGYW aged 15-24 years to address the structural drivers that directly or indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and lack of education with the goal of reducing HIV incidence in females ages 15 to 24
He said it is a dismay to hear that the youth are now referring HIV/AIDS as weak ailment which is equated to Malaria.
But he strongly strongly discourages urging community gatekeepers (teachers, parents, religious leaders, politicians and business leaders) to continue talking about about HIV and AIDS as still being a threat.