Ugandan Sex Workers Lead in Juba: Report

Ugandan female sex workers are found to be leading in population in the South Sudanese Capital, Juba holding 45 per cent of the prostitute’s population, a report reveals.

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 26 March 2013 [Gurtong] - The report which was carried out in 2012 dubbed “mapping report of female sex workers in South Sudan, phase 1, 2012” by joint efforts of the Ministry of Health, South Sudan Aids Commission and World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out that, Kenyan prostitutes amount to 27%, Eritrean with 10%, South Sudan and DR Congo with 8% and Ethiopia and others accounting for 1% in Juba.

In contrary South Sudanese prostitutes are also discovered to be leading in Yambio, Western Equatoria State with the report revealing a percentage of 45.2 and are followed by Congolese with 29%.

In Juba, approximately half of the key informants were found to be single; 38.4% were divorced, widowed or separated, 5.3% were currently married and 4.2% were cohabiting.
Similarly in Yambio 58.4% of the key informants were single and 30.4% were divorced, widowed or separated.

The report presents findings of the first phase of a comprehensive study to provide accurate information on the size and characteristics of sex workers in South Sudan carried out in the two capitals of Juba and Yambio.

Being first of its kind on release, it is being implemented in a phases, along with a process of developing local capacity for scaling up owing to the availability of resources and local technical capacity.

The first phase has involved developing and testing of the mapping methodology in two cities, the second phase will involve field implementation of mapping in another 12-15 urban and semi-urban locations, said officials of the government and WHO.

The third phase the mapping data collected will be used to develop national estimates of Female Sex Workers in South Sudan and provide the program with a Strategic direction for planning targeted interventions for Female Sex Workers (FSW).

According to the report, South Sudan has a low prevalence generalized epidemic.

However, surveillance and mapping of key populations such as FSW provides information on the spread of the epidemic from these populations, to bridging and to the general population.

Hon. Esterino Novello, Chairperson of the South Sudan Aids Commission during the launch of the report last Friday in Juba said it will be used for planning and policy formulation.
 

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