WORLD AIDS DAY 2019
World AIDS Day is an annual event that is globally commemorated on 1st December. This year, the national commemoration in Uganda will be ushered in by the Philly Lutaaya Public Memorial lecture.World AIDS Day global theme this year is ‘Communities make the difference. This is in recognition of the important leadership and advocacy done by communities to ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded. Uganda will carry forward with the customized theme that has been running in-country this year i.e‘Engaging Young People to champion the end of new HIV infections.’The focus is on Young People as an important section of the community who also comprise majority of the Ugandan population. Young people (15-24years) are responsible for 34% of new HIV infections annually.
The national commemoration for World AIDS Day this year, will be in Kayunga District located in central Uganda. Kayunga was chosen due to high HIV prevalence currently at 7.3%, high presence of most at risk populations including the Fisher-folks and migrant workers, as well as high teenage pregnancy currently at 24%.
Chief Guest: His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda is expected as the Chief Guest at the event. The event will be attended by be several other high level dignitaries including Development Partners, Government leaders, Religious leaders; Cultural leaders, members from all the Self Coordinating Entities; Implementing Partners, community members and the media.