In honor of the World AIDS Day 2018, we joined the Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) Meningitis Research team and Hiccup Circus at the HIV-related meningitis public engagement event that took place on 30th.Nov. 2018 in Kamwokya, Kampala.
Meningitis, locally known as “mulalama” is one of the severe illnesses that prevails among people with HIV/AIDS. Prof. Meya from IDI stressed that among the biggest challenges is expensive medication that leaves over 40 out of 100 people dying of meningitis
The main aim of the event was to encourage early HIV testing and treatment, increase awareness on the symptoms of meningitis, change the misconceptions around lumber puncture, (A procedure of taking fluid from the spine in the lower back through a hollow needle, usually for diagnostic purposes) and to ease clinical research.
Speaking during the question and answer session Dr. Steven Watiti a survivor of meningitis noted that meningitis exists and if early treatment is sought, it can be cured.
“It was in 2006, after I suffered from the painful meningitis illness, that I believed it exists. I experienced severe headache, confusion, fever and weakness, many of my colleagues succumbed to death as they hesitated to under go lumber puncture. I underwent lumber puncture four times, and now am fine. I thank IDI for the medical support they gave me.” Samuel Ssemakula,shared his experience.
Therefore, as we unite on the 1st.December 2018, world-wide, let us fight against HIV, Let us show support to people leaving with HIV and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. The best we can do is to test for HIV. #KnowYourStatus