Karamoja leaders to create HIV trust fund

Karamoja district leaders have pledged to set up HIV trust fund to combat the HIV/AIDs epidemic in the region.

Karamoja sub region has six districts and these include Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Abim, Kaabong, Moroto and Kotido.

The district leaders made the commitment during the Karamoja leaders and stakeholders forum on HIV response at Hill View Hotel in Nakapiripirit district.

The forum was organized by Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Uganda Local Government Association and The Aids Support Organization (TASO) and supported by Irish Aid and the Embassy of Ireland.

It drew LC5 chairpersons, CAOs, medical officers, civil society actors, religious leaders, officials from Office of The Prime Minister, UN agencies representatives and elders from the region.

The leaders didn't specify the exact percentage they would commit to create the HIV trust fund but said it was a priority.