For more than two decades, AIDS Information Centre has played a leading role to foster national commitments, action, and resources to mount a comprehensive response to HIV among Key Populations and Priority populations. Today, AIC is working with international, national and local partners all over Uganda to help communities access effective and efficient programs to prevent new infections as well as treat existing HIV cases; provide care and support to families affected by AIDS as well as curb HIV and AIDS related social economic effects. This has been fostered through passionate and dynamic leadership and in partnership with the Government and key stakeholders, AIC has fostered the needs, rights, and well-being of Adults and Children at the forefront of National and Global efforts to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Based on AIC’s strong human rights based programming approach and the drive for gender equality and equity, AIC’s commitment to addressing HIV by the day among Priority and Key Populations getting stronger.
While significant progress has been achieved in the National response with regard to AIDS, it has become increasingly clear that more robust approaches to HIV programming must be employed if an upward trend of HIV success is to be sustained. AIC’s tangible progress is attributed to use of integrated modules including; elimination of Mother-to-child Transmission (e-MTCT) of HIV, HIV Counselling & Testing (HCT), treatment, condom promotion and distribution, Sexual and reproductive health services including STI management, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), Social behavior change programs tailored to context (SBCC), and targeted approaches for Key Populations (KP). The Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) 2016-2017 report of low HIV prevalence (0.5%) among children 0-14 years gives us a realist hope of seeing an ‘‘AIDS-free generation’’.
AIC adopted a more integrated approach to programming, organized around the 95-95-95 agenda and grounded in the principles of equity, gender equality and human rights. Below are some of the achievements registered during the year.