Uganda Joins the World to Celebrate World Aids Day
Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic and endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move towards ending the pandemic in the world.
Today Uganda has joined the rest of the world to commemorate this day while it lays strategies on how to end HIV/AIDS by 2030.
The commemoration will be at the office of the president conference Hall under the theme “National solidarity and a shared responsibility towards ending AIDS”.
According to UNAIDS since the first cases of HIV/Aids were reported more than 35 years ago 78 million people have become infected with the virus and 35 million have died from Aid-related illnesses.
According to the World health organization (WHO), Of the 37.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2018, 79% received testing, 62% received treatment.
AIDS-related deaths stood at 21000 in 2019 compared to 65000 in 2015. HIV testing for pregnant mothers stands at 96% and enrollment of HIV pregnant women stands at 95%.
The number of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) treatment facilities across the country stand at 2,015.