Proposal backed by gender and health ministers despite doubts over its legality and claims it violates human rights

Two Ugandan government ministers have backed a controversial call for compulsory HIV testing for children in the country’s schools.

To the alarm of activists, who have condemned the idea as a violation of human rights, Janat Mukwaya, the minister for gender, said the policy – aimed at school and college students – would allow people to access antiretroviral treatment more quickly, under the government’s test and treat initiative.

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