CCAYEF in partnership with Makerere University Walter Reed Project has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day at Busaana Subcounty in Kayunga District. The theme of this year is; Empowering young people to champion the end of new HIV infections. CCAYEF is currently implementing the DREAMS project targeting Adolescent Girls and Young Women and we have reached over 4000 girls with HIV prevention services and vocational skilling
“Do away with harmful cultural norms and practices” that was the message by H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as Uganda marked World AIDS Day in Busaana, Kayunga district. In his speech that was delivered by Vice President, Hon. Edward Ssekandi, President Museveni asked Ugandans to abandon dangerous customs like marrying off widows to in-laws, polygamy among others if we are to fight the spread of HIV in Uganda.
President Museveni also called for empowerment of young people with knowledge on HIV/AIDS so that they can be ambassadors in the fight against the disease. He also asked the media fraternity to relay the right information on the epidemic, noting that theirs is a role that is paramount in Uganda’s bid to end HIV by 2030.
The function was graced by the Ambassador of Ireland to Uganda, Hon. William Carlos, who expressed gratitude that over $13m had been allocated by government of Uganda for the procurement of ARVs in the coming financial year. Others present included Ministers Jane Ruth Acen and Esther Mbayo, members of parliament and, Lennon (in photo with HE Hon Ssekandi), son to the late legendary musician, Philly Bongole Lutaaya, the first prominent Ugandan to give a human face to HIV/AIDS.