By Regina Lalam
“The absence of data results to under budget estimates (funding) by both local government and central governments,” David Oketch, the probation officer for Pader, says.
Pader – April 14, 2021: The Pader HIV/AIDS Focal Point Person Betty Lam has told TND News on Monday 12, 4 2021 that they are requesting for more support in the fights against HIV/AIDS.
She also said the same during the stakeholders’ meeting held at Pader district chambers that very few partners are supporting program towards the fights of HIV/AIDS.
She added that the district has received small budget allocation under health department that can’t supports all the planned activities meant to scale down the spread of HIV/AIDS in the district.
According to Betty, the most vulnerable are children who are at a higher risk of contracting the disease from their mothers during birth.
She appeals to stakeholders to fund activities like community dialogues and out reaches, sensitization campaigns, among others that are meant to reduce the spread.
She worries that “if funding does not come, chances are high that the spread of the virus will increase among locals”.
Out of 430 pregnant mothers who attended antenatal care in the financial year 2010 to 2020, she says fourteen  children were born with the virus.
“Our statistical stand [target] on the elimination of mother to child HIV/AIDS transmission is 100%,” she told the meeting.
The rate of HIV/AIDS transmission among mothers currently stands at 4.4%, where out of 808,840 mothers who attended antenatal care last financial year; 2010 to 2020, 274,000 were found to be having the virus.
David Okech who is the probation officer for Pader, said there is need for community mobilizations in order to create awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDs and also, he emphasized on data harmonization to avoid under estimation of HIV/AIDs prevalence rate in the district.
“The absence of data results to under budget estimates (funding) by both local government and central governments,” he says.