Every year, Uganda AIDS Commission under the Office of the President mobilizes stakeholders countrywide to commemorate the PHILLY LUTAAYA day on 17th October. This is the day that the country remembers the legendary Ugandan who pioneered to give AIDS a human face amidst stigma, discrimination, denial and ignorance.
This year’s commemoration happened at a time when the world is united in battling the COVID-19 pandemic which has presented a number of challenges particularly for People Living with HIV in accessing care, treatment, social support and protection. Therefore, the commemoration was held under the theme Access to HIV Services During COVID-19 Pandemic so that the challenges brought about by COVID-19 are addressed to ensure that the gains made in the HIV response are not reversed. This report gives a detailed narration of what took place during the Philly Lutaaya Memorial Lecture 2020.