Access to Medicine and Nutritious Meals is Critical for Ugandans with Disabilities Living with HIV/AIDS
Limited access to food and medicine poses significant risks to persons with disabilities in Uganda. Persons with disabilities are at higher risk of exposure to HIV and subsequent opportunistic infections like tuberculosis. Maintaining a nutritious diet is critical to building immunity and preventing these diseases, says John Bosco Ssemanda, clinical services and linkages officer at The AIDS Support Organization (TASO). TASO is an NGO that offers various forms of support to the estimated 1.5 million people living with HIV and AIDS in Uganda. Though the organization has been able to provide food and medicine to people with HIV in the past, Ssemanda says they need additional support from the Ugandan government to continue these programs. Katongole Wilson and Nassazi Resty, members of the Masaka Association of Disabled Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (MADIPHA), describe the difficulties they’ve faced in obtaining these essential resources.
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Nissy Namuyomba is an administrative assistant working alongside the executive team at the Masaka Association of Persons with Disabilities Living with HIV/AIDS and a volunteer with the Masaka Association of Persons with Cerebral Palsy in Uganda. Namuyomba supports teams by performing tasks related to organization with strong communication as well as strengthening relationships with the local government to understand disability issues in Masaka City. Namuyomba is experienced in networking with local leaders and is skilled in financial accountability, backed by a degree in business administration and management. Namuyomba is a powerful force in the workplace. She is inspired daily by her desire to create a society that is inclusive of people with disabilities through storytelling and writing.
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