Feb 16, 2011

Uganda: Strong Emphasis on HIV in Upcoming Presidential Election


The Ugandan Election will take place on Friday, February 18th, 2011. Civil society activists express that their concern about the lack of emphasis on addressing the AIDS epidemic from a governmental standpoint.  Each of the eight presidential candidates for this election choose to talk about health in a broader sense, without specifically addressing the prevalence of HIV.  Civil society activists are advocating for political parties involved with the upcoming election to consign a “10 point platform” which will fund the fight against AIDS and increase the number of health workers and improve the health sector. During recent rallies candidates have declared their commitment to the 10 point platform and civil society activists and Ugandan citizens hope to see an improvement in HIV containment and prevention in the wake of the election.  Dr. Harry Strulovici (President and Founder of Life For Mothers-LfM) is on the ground in Uganda now witnessing the presidential and parliamentary elections in Kampala as they unfold. He is also participating in the rallies in support of the “10 point platform”. Honorable Sylvia Ssinabulya, an LfM board member, is running for re-election in Mityana. We at LfM appreciate the significance of governmental support in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as the need for its integration with maternal/reproductive health. Click here to read full article.

Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010

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