Uganda Begins Drafting National Circumcision Policy, Health Official Says
Uganda's Ministry of Health has started to draft a medical male circumcision policy for HIV prevention, the New Vision/AllAfrica.com reports. "Assessment of the capacity of health units to implement the policy has been conducted," Sam Zaramba, general director of health services, said. He also said that the policy "will not be a stand alone strategy" but part of the country's HIV prevention strategy that emphasizes abstinence, condom use and fidelity (Bugembe, New Vision/AllAfrica.com, 11/20).
HIV/AIDS Biggest Challenge to Ugandan Army, President Says
In related news, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday said that HIV/AIDS is the most significant challenge faced by the country's army, New Vision/All Africa.com reports. Museveni urged soldiers at Kaweweta military training school in Nakaseke to live responsibly in terms of HIV/AIDS prevention and care. "If you die or get sick from AIDS, you let us down," he said, adding that more soldiers have died from AIDS-related causes than in combat (Kiwanuka, New Vision/AllAfrica.com, 11/20).