KAMPALA – As we draw towards the festive season, there tends to be a lot of excitement within the community and people tend to engage in risky sexual behavior. Hon. Mbayo has reminded the country that no one should relax the efforts and commitment towards preventing and ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda.
This year, the Government of Uganda will commemorate the world aids day on 1st December under a national theme: National Solidarity and a Shared Responsibility towards Ending AIDS.
The International World AIDS Day provides a powerful platform for community mobilization and pursuance of the Presidential Fast Track Initiative (PFTI) for Ending AIDS as a public health threat in Uganda by 2030.
Uganda has made a lot of progress in responding to the burden of HIV and AIDS over the last four decades. With the 2030 target of ending AIDS insight, it is critical for everyone to reflect on their individual and collective responsibility towards ending AIDS in Uganda.
The HIV prevalence rates in the general population have been reduced from about 18% in the 1990s down to the current 6%. Uganda is now ranked among the first 14 countries globally to have achieved the UNAIDS 2nd and 3rd targets i.e. 90% of all People living with HIV being put on treatment and 90% of those on treatment being viral suppressed.
She has also called upon stakeholders to keep up the commitment towards preventing and ending HIV and AIDS.
Let us maintain the high-level political commitment and action, enhanced community mobilization and engagement for social and behaviour change, respect for the rights of people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations. She added.
This year, the Uganda AIDS Commission has collaborated with one of the Stakeholders i.e. the Cultural institution of Buganda Kingdom to further mobilize communities in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi of Buganda kingdom has dedicated the Kabaka’s Birth Day run of this year towards the cause of fighting HIV and AIDS. Kabaka who is also the UNAIDS Ambassador for male engagement in the fight against HIV and AIDS he has contributed greatly towards the national response to HIV and AIDS.
The Minister has thanked the community of People Living with HIV for the commitment to end new HIV infections for Uganda to end AIDS.
“I acknowledge the important work done by Parliament of Uganda, civil society partners and local Government leaders, religious and cultural leaders, the Private sector; the Academia and all Government institutions for the commitment towards ensuring that there is continuity of HIV services.
I implore you to keep up the efforts of ending AIDS in Uganda and mobilizing communities to prevent new HIV infections and the support being given to people living with HIV to live productive lives.”
Uganda AIDS Commission is coordinating the commemoration of the World AIDS Day 2020 in conjunction with Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology & National Guidance and Ministry of Health for the important role including their contribution in the delivery of services.
Hon. Mabyo has asked the public to remain vigilant in executing the knowledge of preventing new HIV infections and stopping the spread of COVID-19.