Jan 19, 2011

Condoms Needed in Gulu and other Northern Ugandan Districts

AUTHOR:IRIN NewsSOURCE:IRIN News

HIV prevalence is significantly higher in Northern Uganda at 8.2% compared to the national average of 6.4%. For the last three months condom dispensers have been empty at health centers in northern Ugandan districts. Uganda’s HIV prevention programme is dependent mainly on condom distribution. With prices of condoms costing US $.25 to $.50 for a three pack and as high as $9 for a female condom, they are not affordable to northern Ugandans. The depletion of the supply of desperately needed condoms in Northern Uganda will impede HIV prevention efforts. LfM emphasizes the importance of community participation in reinforcing safe sex practices using condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. Condom distribution is an integral part of two of the essential components of LfM holistic strategy to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), increasing family planning options and accessibility and health literacy in general, but with particular attention to HIV. Click here to read the full article.


Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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