HIV/ AIDS is not only a health problem but a development problem because it targets the most treasured resource in the workplace, i.e. the human resource.
For this reason the HIV/ Aids committee was set up as an initiative of the President’s office and Uganda Aids Commission to support Government’s program of addressing HIV issues at the workplace, among several of the interventions being the annual celebration of the HIV AIDs commemoration day. This year’s celebrations were held at the office of the Resident State Attorney, Nakawa on Friday 10th of July 2015.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike J. Chibita, called on the staff to take advantage of the available opportunity to receive counseling and test for HIV as “knowledge is power”. Most of the Directorate’s workforce are at a vulnerable stage and need proper information in order to take the right decisions concering their health.
The core concerns of the DPP HIV AIDS Committee are:
- Know your status
- A stigma free working environment
- Zero discrimination
- Care and support programs
The Committee participates in celebrations of both National and International HIV events, is involved in monitoring and carrying out support supervision in DPP field stations, distribution of literature and condoms and is currently reviewing the DPP policy on HIV and AIDS.
In partnership with Uganda Aids Commission and Uganda Cares, the staff received the following free services:
- HIV Counselling and testing
- Cervical cancer screening
- Hepatitis B testing
- Checking of body mass index
There was also a motivational talk from Dr. Watiti Stephen who took the staff through the current trends in HIV.
The Chair of the Committee is Ms. Caroline Hope Nabaasa, an Ag. Assistant DPP and Regional Officer for Nakawa.