Saturday April 5 2014

Report on stigmatisation was false

By Moses Kisubi

On April 3, I listened to a programme on BBC Focus on Africa in which a Ugandan BBC reporter submitted a report on how people living with HIV are discriminated against in Uganda.

Whereas I can agree with her that HIV/Aids prevalence is on the rise again in Uganda, I do not agree with her report on discrimination of people living with HIV.

She reported that Ugandans are now buying forged HIV certificates reflecting negative results to enable them gain employment. The report stated that in Uganda it is extremely hard for a person living with HIV to be employed and that most employers first demand for HIV screening and a status certificate.

I was born in Uganda and have lived here ever since, but I have never heard of a company which demands HIV screening before one is considered for employment.

The disturbing and perhaps most distorted report was on the lady who purportedly is a Ugandan living with HIV interviewed by the reporter. The lady claims she is stigmatised and that she has failed to get employment because she does not have an HIV certificate to prove her status!
Everywhere she goes, people point her out while others refuse to assist her. Was this report properly researched? Or did the reporter have a hidden agenda?

The story, according to the reactions from around the world portrayed Uganda as an insensitive nation with which no one of sound mind would want to be associated with!
Moses Kisubi,