In partnership with Uganda AIDS Commission, Uganda Baati Limited (UBL) has joined hands to commemorate the International Candle Light Day by symbolically lighting candles and launched a two-week long medical camp through its Chandaria Medical Clinic that will offer free medical services to the public.
This will include HIV testing and counselling, Malaria testing, blood sugar/blood pressure testing, BMI (all health vital checks) and distribution of condoms.
The business head at UBL George Arodi, implored the staff of the company to offer care and be the ambassador in passing the message to end the stigma and discrimination on those living with HIV AIDS.
He emphasised on the need for enhanced HIV testing and medication for those already affected, adding that with discipline on taking the prescribed medication and proper dieting, those with HIV AIDS are assured of living a normal life.
The company committed to continue extending free medical services to those living with and through the clinic will roll out more outreach activities through medical camps country wide, with emphasis to the needy communities
In order to extend medical services to a wider population, Uganda Baati is opening up another medical clinic in Tororo. This additional presence in Tororo is expected to expand their base by over 60% from the current levels.
Over the last four decades, Uganda has made a lot of progress in bringing down the HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country from over 18% in the 1990s to around 5.5% to date.
The Uganda prevalence of HIV among adults (UPHIA) of reproductive age 15 to 49 years was 5.5 percent (7.1 percent among women and 3.8 percent among men) reflecting a slight decrease from 6.0 percent in UPHIA 2016-17.
In the entire UPHIA 2020 survey sample of adults aged 15 years and older, HIV prevalence was 5.8 percent (7.2 percent among women and 4.3 percent among men) corresponding to approximately 1.3 million adults living with HIV in Uganda.
The prevalence of HIV in adults 15 years and above was higher in urban areas (7.1 percent) than in rural areas (5.2 percent).
The magnitude of HIV prevalence varied considerably across the 11 geographic regions according to the UPHIA 2020, from a low of 2.1 percent in North East (Karamoja) region to 2.8 percent in West-Nile region; 4.2 percent in mid-eastern region,4.2 percent in North East (Teso) region; 4.5 percent East Central (or Busoga region); 5.5 percent in Mid-Western region; 6.0 percent in Kampala; 6.2 percent in Central 2 (Greater Mubende, Luwero and Mukono) region; 6.3 percent in South Western region; 7.6 percent in Mid North region; and 8.1 percent in Central 1 region (greater Masaka).
HIV prevalence in all regions was lower in UPHIA 2020 compared to UPHIA 2016/17 except in mid-north and Central.