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Oils in Uganda

Oils in Uganda
Oils in Uganda

In a country with an estimated 2 million people, some 30 percent of all Ugandans are living with HIV infection. Many of these people have had HIV-related diagnoses (the virus that causes AIDS, the most major form of AIDS), and according to the World Health Organization’s AIDS Study 2017, between 2.6 million and 10 percent of the country’s population lives with at least one HIV-related disease.

With this in mind, more than 20 countries have set up an HIV screening database, and Uganda’s recently expanded HIV-positive population will make it a prime target for a future U.S. president to help combat that infection. For more about the country, read the report, «The World’s First Comprehensive HIV Diagnostic Database with HIV Targets in Uganda.»

Source: USAID

Uganda will also be the first country to start a screening program that could target cases of HIV — even among young HIV-positive individuals.

«The new program is a step in the right direction, and it makes our government, the Ugandan government, and communities feel safer and more confident by screening those who are trying to get tested,» says Paul Tompkins, Vice President, Uganda’s Office of Multisectiveness and Emerging Infectious Diseases. «If you really want to protect young lives, a comprehensive HIV screening program for U.S. students with HIV is essential.»
«I’m going to go
Oils in Uganda, along with a group of 15 young women and their families, have been living on the U.N. territory for many months as the UNICEF mission has grown in size.

In one instance, in December 2014, the group had nearly 5,000 men, and about 3,000 boys, after they arrived. This was considered a good sign, according to Ugandan officials. According to a UNICEF staff report, a UNICEF worker would have been allowed entry as a precaution.

One of the men on board the group, Adeolomu Zuma, told Human Rights Watch, «They’ve shown a lot of courage and trust.»