The Minister for Presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo together with the Director General of Uganda Aids Commission, has noted an increase in sexual violence, child abuse and HIV infections.
She was Monday addressing the Press on the Status of HIV in Uganda with Emphasis on HIV Prevalence and ART Coverage in the Various Districts in Uganda.
She says, “as government, we have noted with concern the rising cases of abuse and violence involving children.”
Since COVID-19 lockdown in March and the subsequent closure of schools, there has been a growing pattern of abuse and domestic violence targeting children at home.
There are a number of reports showing an increase in child marriage.
These cases involve underage girls being sold off into marriage in exchange for money and other commodities she added.
The recently released Global HIV and AIDS statistics show that Uganda is among the front runners in reducing new HIV infections.
According to Mbayo, 1,400,000 people are living with HIV and 1,200,000 of these are on treatment.
The country recorded 51,007 new HIV infections.
AIDS related deaths now stand at 19,500 victims.
Districts with high HIV prevalence include;
Kalangala – 18%; Mbarara – 15.2%; Gulu – 14.3%; Kabarole – 14.2% and Masaka – 11.5%, among others.
Other Districts include; Kabale – 6.0%, Ntungamo – 5.6%, Isingiro – 4.8%, Rukiga – 4.9%al and Luuka – 2.7%, among others.
Districts with low HIV prevalence include: Nabilatuk at 0.2%, Karenga at 0.6%, Amudat at 0.8%, Yumbe at 1.2% and Kween at 1.4%, among others.