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Uganda Aids Commission calls upon Religious Leaders in the country to again play an active role in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Officials of the Uganda Aids Commission have called on religious leaders in the country to play again an active role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The call comes after researchers discovered that the HIV infection rate had risen from 5 percent to 8.5 percent. Officials said in the 1980s religious leaders were active campaigners against HIV/AIDS, and helped in raising awareness and in educating people about the disease. Their active engagement led to the dramatic fall in the infection rate from 30 percent to 5 percent. But in the past few years they relaxed as though HIV/AIDS was no longer a problem. The Chairman of the Uganda AIDS Commission, Prof. Vinand Nantulya, recently told a conference in Kampala that Religious leaders command a lot of respect from their followers and appealed to them to be at the forefront in the fight against the disease. According to statistics released by the commission, in 1994 Uganda registered 84,000 new HIV infections; the number rose to 145,000 in 2011.


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