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World AIDS Day (WAD) Message 2016
On 1st December 2016, AIDS Information Centre - Uganda (AIC) joined the Country and the International Community to commemorate the World AIDS day (WAD) under the Theme: “Joining hands to scale up HIV Prevention”. AIC through the 9 Regional Centres of Excellence namely Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, Mbarara, Arua, Lira, Soroti, Kabale and Karamoja and the various development partners such as United Nations Population fund (UNFPA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Education Bantwana/Better Outcomes Project, Global Fund for HIV/TB and Health systems strengthening, USAID MSH/Star East, USAID/EGPAF- R-HITES and other stakeholders supported the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic; took stock of achievements; commemorated those who have passed away; and rededicated herself to the HIV&AIDS response.
AIC used the WAD week as a platform to create awareness and advocacy, community mobilization and re-energizing the role of leaders at household, community and national levels towards HIV Prevention and control. We provided Free accelerated Behaviour Change Communication (BCC), HIV Counselling and testing (HCT) and linked those who tested HIV Positive to care and support.
Our Headquarters and the Regional Centres of Excellence worked hand in hand with the National organizing Committee (NOC), District organizing committees (DOC) and the various sub committees to ensure a successful WAD Commemoration. Download Full message
Renewed commitment to fight HIV/IDS
While Uganda has made remarkable progress in respect to addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the recent AIDS indicator survey (UAC,2011) showed HIV prevalence rate of 7.3% among people aged 15-49 years which is still high. Currently, the total number of People Living with HIV and AIDS is estimated to be 1,486,642 in 2014, new HIV infections have declined from 128,068 in 2009 to about 99,000 in 2014 while annual HIV Death has reduced from 52,799 in 2009 to 32,890. The high number of new infections in the country is compounded by challenges of social, economic, and legal barriers to effective demand and uptake of preventive HIV and AIDS services. Access and uptake of HIV prevention interventions such as elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), Safe Male Circumcision (SMC), condoms and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) as well as coverage of preventive behavioral interventions is also still low.
In order to renew our commitments and further contribute to address existing challenges and augment reversal of the HIV epidemic, AIC has yet launched a new Strategic Plan 2015/16- 2020/21 that has been aligned to the Ministry of Health sector strategic and investment plan 2015/ 2020, National Strategic Plan 2015/16- 2019/20 (NSP) and the universal 90:90:90 targets and will be looking at not only HIV and AIDS but will also strengthen its adolescent and sexual reproductive health services. Trends indicate the need for targeting sub-population groups that contribute greatly to the current trend of the epidemic and special attention is being made to the adolescents and young people who are highly vulnerable. Attention is given to the most at risk populations such as fishing communities, sex workers, long distance truckers and uniformed services. Other populations of importance include mobile and migrant populations, plantation workers, boda boda men, incarcerated populations as well as those in the mining and oil sectors
The plan was approved by the AIC Board of Trustees and launched on 26th June 2015 during the Annual General Meeting. The new strategic plan will address issues of service delivery in early diagnosis and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It will add its efforts in addressing issues of malnutrition and the associated diseases. The new AIC strategic plan will strengthen its laboratory infrastructure to support the quick, and early diagnosis of different diseases to reduce morbidity and mortality at community level.
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