By Alice Lubwama
In order to protect the communities along the 21 Kilometer Northern by Pass Highway, stake holders carrying out construction works have intensified sensitization about the dangers associated with migration of labor.
The contractor Mota-Engil Uganda in partnership with Family Rescue Initiative Uganda have organized a health camp to sensitize communities around Kalerwe and Kyebando on how they can take care of their lives and also test and know their status in relation to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B , a head of the construction of kalerewe Flyover.
Uganda national roads authority ( UNRA) nominated family rescue initiative Uganda to handle social safe guards of Northern by pass by sensitizing the host communities of the road on the disturbances that will come with the construction ,such as HIV/AIDS., child protection, sexual reproductive health, and ask them about their expectations.
The executive director Family Rescue Initiative Uganda Jane Mwirumubi says that the sensitization aims at reducing on the rate of immoral behaviors and crimes associated to migration of labor as it has been reported in some areas were such huge construction works have been carried out.
“This is also part of social cooperate responsibility by the contractor because they will be a lot of sexual activities between the host communities and the road construction workers,” Mwirumubi said.
The health officer at Monta-Engil Group Uganda Lenah Kemigisha said that the biggest challenge they are facing at kalerwe was poor cabbage disposal, where people are throwing cabbage in the drainage and end up with sanitation related diseases.
When asked about the behaviors of the road construction workers, she said that they haven’t yet registered any issues with their workers in relation to their sexual behaviors, since construction started in 2014.
In 2015, the World Bank cancelled funding for the construction of the 66km Kamwenge to Fort portal road citing serious allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by contractors.
The director general Uganda Aids commission Dr Nelson Musoba recently said that HIV prevalence rate was high among young women in areas where the infrastructure projects are taking place because they have low bargaining power to protect themselves since the men who go there to work have money to buy out sex.