Wednesday, April 13, 2011

UGANDA: Desperately seeking condoms in the north

via IRIN PlusNews

[this is from January, but the situation it describes is hardly old news]

For the third month running, men and women seeking condoms at local health centres in some northern Ugandan districts have found empty dispensers. Health workers warn that the continuing shortage could affect regional HIV prevention efforts.

HIV/AIDS focal persons for Gulu, Kitgum and Nwoya districts say health facilities have no condoms in stock for free distribution and commercially available condoms are too expensive for many people in northern Uganda, which is still emerging from a two-decades-long conflict.

"As I speak now we have no condoms for distribution," said Charles Luwa, HIV focal point for the Ministry of Health in Gulu district. "We do not know what to do to solve this problem; we made a request to the health ministry but there is no condom delivery yet."

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