Parliament Holds 6th Health Week On Tuesday

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Parliament Holds 6th Health Week On Tuesday

By Rurekyera Geofrey

Parliament will host its sixth health week next week as part of worldwide activities to raise awareness to end the HIV/AIDS endemic.The health week will be held under the theme My Health, my right in relation to the World Aids Day celebrations held on December 1st last year.

The organizers believe that ensuring that everyone enjoys the right to health can help Uganda and the entire world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including that of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.The Week will commence with a Health Walk on Tuesday 20th February 2018, which will be flagged off by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and end on 23rd February.

The event aims at informing legislators, the staff of parliament and the general public on the importance of the right to health, increasing demand for HIV Counseling and Testing, Mother To Child Transmission prevention, HIV Care and treatment and eliminating gender inequalities and end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls, people living with HIV and other key populations.

It also expects to teach more young people on significant  sexual reproductive health issues, promote healthy lifestyle choices like regular medical checkups, cancer screening and health seeking behaviors, and promote  blood donation to save lives.

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