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Settlement body promised land for innovationPublish Date: Dec 12, 2013
Settlement body promised land for innovation
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State minister for housing Sam Engola (R) recieves a report about the alliance from Emmannuel Byaruhanga, the chairman of SSA:UHSNET. PHOTO/Andrew Masinde

By Andrew Masinde                 

The Uganda Human Settlement Network will receive land where it will carry out all its activities including those to do with improving the welfare of people affected by the HIV pandemic.

State minister for housing Sam Engola promised that he will do everything possible to see that land is secured.

Speaking at the National Theatre gardens in Kampala, the minister said the alliance has greatly helped to improve the housing situation and welfare of people living in slum areas.

“As a ministry we shall continue supporting you but first I am going to look for land for you,” he said.

“I would also like to remind the public and government that HIV has not gone away. There is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education in slums.

“If each and everybody can understand how HIV is transmitted, how to prevent it and how you can live when you are HIV positive, then you will use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others and ensure that you treat everyone living with HIV fairly,” said Engola.

Uganda Human Settlements Network (SSA: UHSNET) strives to address issues and challenges affecting human settlements.

It comprises of civil society organisations, communities, individuals, and the private sector whose goal is to lobby, advocate and share information for better policies, programs and practices towards sustainable improvement of human settlements in Uganda.

Housing is still a problem in urban Uganda, affecting the majority poor. The housing challenge is also interrelated to increased incidences of HIV.

“I would like to remind everyone that we all have responsibility to actively participate in ensuring zero-new HIV incidences in informal settlements for sustainable human settlements in Uganda,”  said Dorothy Baziwe, the executive director of SSA:UHSNET.

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