Why Prevention is Key to Ending AIDS



Over the last five years, the Government of Uganda with complimentary support from Development Partners has made impressive gains in averting the number of new HIV infections and reduction of HIV/AIDS related deaths. Some of these gains include:
I.    Reduction in number of new HIV infections from about 140,000 in 2011 to 83,000 by December 2015;
II.    The number of persons on Antiretroviral Treatment has increased from 329,000 in 2011 to 874,000 by June 2016;
III.    The number of persons dying from AIDS reduced from 63,000 in 2011 to 28,000;
IV.    Babies born with HIV reduced from 28,000 in 2011 to   3500 by 2015;
Between 2011 and 2015, Uganda achieved 86% reduction in all new born 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 government ministries, agencies and departments and also through partners. Today I am pleased to be introducing a very important partner of ours in the national HIV response, Ms. Amakobe Sande who is the new Country Executive Director for UNAIDS. She takes over from Mr. Musa Bugundu who bid us farewell a few months ago.
The success that the country is registering is a clear example of some of the immediate approaches that we need to sustain in order to reach the 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. It is important for young people to continue protecting themselves and staying away from peer pressure that increases the risk of getting infected with HIV.
This year, Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day under the theme “Joining hands to scale up HIV prevention”. The national venue for the World AIDS Day will be in Kalangala. World AIDS day reminds us of the opportunity that everyone must play their part in averting new infections, first by taking an HIV test today. On behalf of Government and the People of Uganda, The Board of Uganda AIDS Commission and all partners, let me warmly welcome Ms. Amakobe Sande to address the Media.