PRESS STATEMENT ON THE STATUS OF THE HIV/AIDS RESPONSE – THE...

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE STATUS OF THE HIV/AIDS RESPONSE – THE MEDIA CENTRE

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This week on Thursday 30 th June, Uganda will say good bye to the Country Director of UNAIDS – Musa

Bungundu and the Irish AID HIV/AIDS focal person Mary Oduka. Uganda AIDS Commission together with

the HIV and AIDS fraternity take this opportunity to salute their tireless efforts in ensuring that the

country achieves its target of ending AIDS by 2030.

Over the last five years, the Government of Uganda with support from Development Partners like

UNAIDS, Irish AID and USAID family has made impressive gains in averting the number of new HIV/AIDS

infections and reduction of HIV/ AIDS related deaths. Some of these gains include;

I. Reduction in number of new HIV infections from 162,000 in 2011 to 83,000 by Dec 2015

II. The number of persons on Antiretroviral Treatment has increased from 329,000 in 2011 to

834,931 by the close of 2015.

III. Reduction in the number of persons dying from AIDS from 63,000 in 2011 to 28,000 by Dec

2015

IV. No of new babies born with HIV reduced from 29,000 in 2011 to 3,200 in 2015

During the just concluded High Level meeting on ending HIV and AIDS that was held in New York two

weeks ago, Uganda was singled out as one of the Sub Saharan Africa that managed to achieve the

highest percentage of reductions in new HIV infections.

Between 2011 and 2015, Uganda managed to achieve 86% reduction of all new HIV infections. This

impressive gain in reduction has been made possible through a combined strategy spearheaded by the

First Lady, Hon. Janet K. Museveni and other partners. The success of the eMTCT campaign is a clear

example of some of the immediate approaches that we need to sustain in order to reach our key 2030

global targets of ending AIDS.

We need to continue re-engaging leadership for the response at all levels starting with everyone taking

individual responsibility for their actions. “You the individual have the power to protect yourself, your

spouse, your child and others”, Uganda AIDS Commission, 2016. Leadership was core to the country’s

successes in mid 1990s and is still equally vital today.

Once again, Uganda AIDS Commission would like to remind everyone to be part of ongoing efforts to

avert new infections by taking individual responsibility through – knowing your status by taking an

HIV/AIDS test today and avoiding risky behavior such as sexual intercourse with people whose HIV status

you do not know.

On behalf of Government and the People of Uganda, The Board, Chairman of the Board, Director

General of Uganda AIDS Commission together with all partners wishes Musa Bungunda and Mary Oduka

the best in their new endeavors.

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