Adolescents make up approximately 24 per cent of Uganda’s population. Their HIV prevalence rate is higher, compared to the national rate. The stigma surrounding adolescent sexual activity and poor sexual education contribute to low levels of testing and treatment among adolescents.
Dr Hillary Alima faced challenges on adolescent HIV prevalence and access to daily treatment in his role as the Regional Head of the Joint Clinical Research Centre in Kabale. Following his studies in public health in Australia, Dr Alima came back and addressed issues relating to long waiting times and stigma on HIV treatment for adolescents through setting-up adolescent-friendly clinics. These clinics have been so successful that they have seen an increase of over 200 per cent of adolescents per day.