Uganda army has launched its own brand of condoms, named “Ulinzi” which is a Swahili word for “protection”, to help protect soldiers from contracting HIV.
Chief of Staff Brig Leopold Kyanda at the launch of the Ulinzi condom said A soldier cannot defend his country if he “does not ensure that he’s safe”.
It is on record that nearly 6% of Ugandan adults are living with HIV but recent steps have been made in reducing the number of new infections.
In the past, the country’s army was known to have a high infection rate.
The Ulinzi condom, which comes in a camouflage packet, should help stop soldiers bringing HIV back home after a tour of duty, said the ministry of health’s Vastha Kibirige.
“The nature of this job has many challenges. [The soldiers] sometimes go to war zones where they meet up with women for pleasure.
“They have to protect their lives to avoid infecting their wives back home,” she told