WORLD AIDS DAY REPORT-2019

World AIDS Day is an annual event that is globally commemorated on 1st December. The global theme for this year’s World AIDS Day was ‘Communities make the difference.’ This was in recognition of the important leadership and advocacy done by communities to ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded. Uganda proceeded with the customized theme ‘Empowering Young People to champion the end of new HIV infections’. This theme has been running in the country during the year to build-up attention on Young People as an important Community that constitutes majority of the Ugandan population. Young people between 15-24years are responsible for 34% of new HIV infections annually. The national commemoration for World AIDS Day was hosted at Busana Playground Kayunga District located in central Uganda. Kayunga district venue was chosen due to the 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 rate currently at 24%. The 2019 national commemoration in Uganda was ushered in by the Philly Lutaaya Public Memorial lecture. A report from the lecture is available. The key output of the national commemoration of World AIDS Day as highlighted above included heightened mobilization of people to access HCT and HIV services, intensified sensitization of communities and reinvigorated mobilization of Artistes to promote prevention of HIV in their musical performances. Additionally arising from the Philly Lutaaya lecture as a pre WAD event, a policy brief from the memorial lecture about financing the HIV and AIDS response post-2020 will be finalized and presented to policy makers at different levels within the third Quarter of FY 2019/2020.