An Open Letter To Chioma Igbokwe Of The Daily Sun Newspaper

Dear Chioma Igbokwe,

In the 19th of August, 2017 article titled HIV EPIDEMIC LOOMS  you brought to the attention of the readership world a very important issue which, unfortunately is not given its due diligence. 

HIV/AIDS still looms large on the African continent. It has impacted all ranges of life. It has touched on the ways we deal with our own fears, ills and misfortunes as a collective humanity. HIV has made many of us advocates in one way or another. One common thread for all advocates is the need to eradicate it. Eradicating HIV is also dependent on a chain of actors. It is also dependent on a chain of enablers (or disablers). 

There are four downstream contexts your article should have mentioned too. Empowering grassroots with sexually active youth to negotiate for safer sex; provision of safer sex prophylactics; addressing an HIV service disparity that is common not only in Nigeria but other African countries; lastly, the average age of the demography you wrote about is a younger population group. Youth-friendly service points are few and far apart in many African countries. So, these young persons came up with what they felt would provide a motivating setting to engage younger people in learning HIV Prevention skills to pass on to other peers. 

How can African countries empower communities in which sexually active persons are able to negotiate for safer sex? That would have been an editorial question you should have put out for all of us. The Sun Newspaper is a respectable paper, am sure it has scribes capable of writing to point out moral or legal imperatives stimulating action to eradicate HIV.

Rainbow Networks Africa (RANA) is a network that brings together  grassroots or community based or concerned with causing a legislative modernization in which  incitement, stigma and discrimination are not accepted as de rigeur.  
Best Wishes

Tom Muyunga-Mukasa


Rainbow Networks Africa (RANA)

Tom Muyunga-Mukasa is President and Co-founder of the Rainbow Networks Africa (RANA). Muyunga-Mukasa is a Harvard trained Global health specialist. He is an iteration and design formulator around sexuality, orientation, gender, identity, health and development (SOGIHED) for grassroots. He has used the vast networks he helped create to start and maintain conversations around HIV Laws and Gender expansive issues in Africa. He is a competency and compliance facilitator for communities or individuals engaged in problem-solving in situations at the interface of law, normalization and conflict (LNC). As a facilitator he leads teams in creating change that entrenches inclusion. As a health advocate, he catalyzes the ownership by individuals health seeking practices. As a writer and editor, he has developed narrative that empowers communities to use the potential of silence to attract audiences.

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