Speaker Biography

John Bukenya

Butabika National Refferal Mental Hospital, Uganda

Title: Approaches to the control of sexually transmitted infections in Uganda: old problems and modern challenges

John Bukenya

John Mary Bukenya is a Public health Researcher at Butabika National Refferal Mental Hospital addressing critical mental patients with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Butabika National Refferal Mental Hospital is housed in the ministry of health research facility that has extensive core services, including a nationally designated mental laboratory and mental diagnosis facilities and relationship studies.


Sexually transmitted  infections (STIs) has caused a big health problem in Uganda. Hundreds of patients with mental health referred to Butabika National Refferal Hospital for treatment and rehabilitation are due to Sexually transmitted Diseases and HIV. There is a close relationship between STIs and HIV and the control of STIs can reduce oh the highest spread of HIV/AIDS. National wide mobilization and awareness campaigns using free condoms distribution targeting people in slums, market centres, universities, schools, blood screening at all health facilities, counseling and testing, capacity building trainings and distribution IEC materials, use of safe microbicides, and vaccines) are basic approaches for immediate interventions using the syndromic approach, targeting the most vulnerable people including students, pregnant mothers, refugees, prisoners for massive treatment. The challenge is not just to develop new interventions, but to identify barriers to the implementation of existing tools, and to devise strategies for ensuring that effective STI control programmes are implemented in Uganda.