With the determination to have the next generation free from HIV/AIDS, CFYDDI shares the responsibility and joins the rest of the world in marking World AIDS Day commemoration. Ours was to remind ourselves what this epidemic has caused us, increasing awareness, fight stigma and dispelling misconception surrounding HIV/AIDS that was strongly exhibited through the question and answer session to better our interventions.
In Uganda alone, 7.2 percent of the population is living with HIV. This amounts to an estimated 1.4 million people, which includes 190,000 children. An estimated 62,000 people died from AIDS in 2011 and 1.1 million children have been orphaned by this devastating epidemic. 2.5 million People continue to be infected with HIV each year, with 2,400 young people newly infected every day! Last year 176,000 people were introduced to ARVS.
The challenges with HIV remains burdened and entrenched among the most vulnerable communities across Africa, therefore raising awareness, knowledge of HIV is crucial to get these figures to zero, and it requires long-term investments to educate the young people and every one everywhere!
Josephine gave a moving testimony to the young people of his late brother she lost to HIV when he dropped his medication after 5 years on medication. She said that when they rushed his brother to hospital, no line medicines he was tried on saved his life! She concluded with big call to the youth to stay negative those who are and those tested positive to keep and uphold the advice by the medical workers they can live longer. She further stated that had her brother respected the advice to take the medicine, he would be there with us today but which was not possible”