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Makerere University Takes Measures Against HIV/AIDS Among Students

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  • This policy aims to provide students with clear guidance on accessing support services and outlines protocols for teachers, administrative staff, and support personnel to effectively address emergencies and support students facing mental health challenges.
  • Nawangwe, the policy is crucial in safeguarding students amidst the freedoms and potential risks present on university campuses.

Makerere University is taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of its students by formulating a comprehensive HIV/AIDS policy.

This policy aims to provide students with clear guidance on accessing support services and outlines protocols for teachers, administrative staff, and support personnel to effectively address emergencies and support students facing mental health challenges.

According to Prof. Nawangwe, the policy is crucial in safeguarding students amidst the freedoms and potential risks present on university campuses.

He emphasizes the importance of managing this freedom responsibly to protect students’ lives, academic pursuits, and future prospects.

The university’s strategy includes empowering students to resist negative peer influences, which could lead to risky behaviors and HIV infections.

For those already living with HIV, existing support mechanisms, such as the University hospital and counseling unit, provide essential care and medication.

Prof. Nawangwe highlights the need for tailored support for today’s younger student demographic, emphasizing the importance of parenting, counseling, and comprehensive support systems.

Meanwhile, at Kyambogo University, HIV/AIDS interventions are guided by a similar policy focusing on prevention, treatment, care, and support. Dr. Charles Mukisa underscores the importance of health education and peer-to-peer outreach in promoting behavioral change and reducing risky sexual behavior among students.

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The university offers screening, treatment, and counseling services, as well as safe male circumcision and post-exposure prophylaxis for vulnerable students.

Similarly, Mbarara University of Science and Technology implements an institutional HIV/AIDS policy, providing awareness campaigns, voluntary counseling, testing services, and peer support programs.

New students are informed about available services during orientation, ensuring they know where to seek help when needed.

Despite Uganda’s progress in combating HIV, young people, especially adolescent girls and young women, remain disproportionately affected.

Data highlights the ongoing importance of HIV prevention efforts and accessible support services to protect young people from the virus’s impact.

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