The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga asked government to immediately release the AIDS Trust fund to enable Uganda defeat Aids epidemic by 2030.
The regulations to operationalize the fund were approved by Parliament but it has not been released hence affecting the fight against Hiv/Aids.
She said that she has direct ministry of Finance to release the funds because it was the same case with SAGE funds.
She reveled this while launching the Uganda Aids Commission’s First Annual Report for the Presidential Fast -Track Initiative for Ending Aids as a Public Health threat at Parliament under the Theme: “Reaching men, girls and young women to reduce new HIV infections”.
The speaker said that it’s sad that as parliament they did their part and up to now, nothing has been done about it.
She promised that if by the end of the Finance Year, the ministry doesn’t release the funds she will direct Finance as per the law.
The Uganda Aids Commission worked with Parliament together Ministry of Health partnered to develop the Aids Trust Fund HIV prevention and control regulation. Parliament in 2014 passed a law which provided for the fund to generate money locally to finance campaigns to fight HIV/AIDS.
In the budget appropriation of the ministry of health, 10 billion shillings was proposed to start the Aids trust Fund in 2018/19 in addition to existing budgetary allocation for the HIV interventions.
The Commissions acting Director General Nelson Musoba,, said that the delay in realizing the fund is affecting the Presidential First Track Initiative campaign and yet the Aids epidemic is still a burden in Uganda.
He added that one of the challenges they face is some of the sister departments still think Aids is an obligation of the commission and ministry of health forgetting it’s a shared responsibility for everybody.
Some of the reports from the Uganda Aids Commission, new HIV/AIDS infections have reduced from 135,000 in 2010 to 46,000 in 2017.
HIV infections among children dropped from 26,000 in 2010 to 4000 by the end of 2016. An estimated 1.32 million people are currently living with HIV.
Of these, 1,084,689 are enrolled in care and 1,081,733 were on antiretroviral treatment by December 2017.
The Speaker stressed the need for more involvement of the fishing community, boda bodas, mining industry and people, people in the entertainment like video halls especially in the villages living and operating at the border.
A representative from ministry of health, Patrick Tusiime explained that since the presidential Frist Track Initiative was put in place, there is need to refocus on the epidemic to stop it from being a public health threat.