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Title: The adequacy of the existing legal framework in Uganda with regard to the spread of HIV/AIDS epidemic
Authors: Kanyike Bwete, Fred
Keywords: Legal framework
HIV/AIDS epidemic
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Publisher: Kampala International University, School of Law
Abstract: AIDS was first identified in Uganda around 1982 in the District of Rakai .The early responses to the epidemic were the establishment of the AIDS control program [ACP] in 1986 which was coordinated by the ministry of health. The program concentrated mainly in areas of heath, care, information, education and communication. Thus, AIDS was tackled as a medical issue and other sector had limited participation in the control of the epidemic. By the early 1990, it was realized that the epidemic was not restricted of specific categories of people or classes but had infiltrated the general population Of Uganda sexually active adults and adolescent in Uganda. Evaluation of AIDS prevention measures revealed that while a large percentage of population was knowledgeable about AIDS, its causes and how to avoid it positive behavioral change was happening at a much slower rate than infection. It was therefore realized by the Government and the policy makers that narrowly focused prevention strategies were likely to neither stop the spread of the infection nor address the effect of HIV I AIDS on people living with HIVI AIDS and that there was need therefore to dynamic and adopt new strategies. A multi-sartorial approach encompassing all areas was therefore adopted by the Government, through the Uganda AIDS commission in 1992 to address all other political, economic, social cultural, legal and ethical aspects of epidemic in addition "to medical and scientific aspects of the disease. Currently, its estimated that there are at least 1.5million people already infected with HIVIAIDS. Despite the reported stabilization of prevalence rate of HIV I AIDS in limited urban areas, inflected in 1995 HIV/ AIDS its surveillance report, the infection rate are still high. The rights of those are infected and affected with HIV I AIDS continue to be violated throughout the country without adequate legal protection in place. Today, the AIDS epidemic is still threatening the future of this country. There is no cure in prospect and yet the war can't be lost.
Description: A Research Paper Submitted in as a Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Award of a Diploma in Laws of the Kampala International University
Appears in Collections:Diploma in Law

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