NBS TV’s Canary Mugume has scooped the Best Feature Story award under the television category at the HIV & SRH media awards.
Basing on ACME, Uganda which conducted the awarding ceremony, Canary Mugume has won the award basing on his ‘sex for pads’ feature story whose focus was on Kasese and the teenage pregnancies which were rampant during the pandemic.
Due to his story, Canary is believed to have significantly contributed towards the universal cause of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, halting and reversing the spread of HIV hence contributing to the achievement of related Millennium Development Goals.
According to Reach a Hand Uganda, “additionally, this award recognizes the contributions of journalists like @CanaryMugume in achieving the @UNAIDS vision of Zero New infections, zero AIDS-related Deaths and Zero Discrimination.”
During the covid-19 lockdown, the HIV prevalence rate in the country rose as it stood at 7.2% in 2021 which is 1.1% higher than the prevalence rate back in 2016 when it stood at a 6.0 percentage.
In some parts of the country it was much worse as the prevalence rate in Kalangala district stood at 27% which is much greater than the prevalence rate in the entire country. More so the most affected age group are teenage girls.
Therefore, multiple interventions are needed in the country to reduce on the number of teenage girls being affected by the HIV epidemic and people like Canary Mugume who have joined in the fight must indeed be recognized. Congratulations to Canary Mugume.