The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has instructed the committee of Parliament on HIV/AIDs to follow up with Ministry of Health so that they can expedite the approval of Aids fund and its regulations and report back to Parliament.
Kadaga says Parliament in 2014 passed the HIV Prevention and Control Act which established the Aids trust fund but however noted that two years down the road, the fund has never been established.
The Speaker also told MPs that the delay for the establishment of the trust fund has caused a shortfall of about two million dollars which was supposed to be collected annually thus calling on relevant authorities to expedite the process.
She said despite efforts by the Ministry of Finance in developing guidelines to that effect there is still a constitutional obligation which must be fulfilled for the trust fund to be effected and asked the committee to set deadline as to when the regulations will be tabled.
Parliament of Uganda in 2014 passed the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, a legal framework geared towards the prevention and control of HIV, reduction of transmission, provision of both testing and counselling services and, of penalties for making offences for willful transmission of HIV among others.