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Uganda, with a population of 28 million, was one of the first countries to suffer the scourge of HIV and AIDS when little was known about the disease. Uganda had the political will to face the challenge, launching a campaign that resulted in a decline in the prevalence rate to 6.7 percent in 2005.  But AIDS in Uganda hasn’t gone away – and HIV prevalence rates are rising again.


Rooftops Canada has partnered with Shelter and Settlements Alternatives:Uganda Human Settlements Network (SSA:UHSN) in Kampala to help address the critical link between poor housing conditions and HIV and AIDS.

Ugandans living in slums and dire conditions of poverty face extreme health risks every day. About 1.5 million of Kampala's 1.8 million people live in slums. 75% of households in the city have three people sleeping in a room and some households have as many as eight people sharing a room. People living with HIV and AIDS are at increased risk for opportunistic infection when they live in overcrowded informal settlements. They are also more vulnerable to the spread of infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis.
SSA is urging the government to improve housing conditions to provide a safe living environment. This means installing basic infrastructure including roads, sewage systems, waste disposal, water supply; and education, health, recreation, and nutrition services. SSA also works with urban communities to address their human settlements challenges.
Related links:
Making the Link Between Housing, HIV and AIDS [December 2007]
Housing HIV and AIDS


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