This day brings to memory a great musician the Late Philly Bongoley Lutaaya remembered for the role he played in ensuring many people stay free from HIV. A reminder through his lyrics ;
Today it’s me tomorrow its someone else .
It’s me and you
We’ve got to stand up and fight.
We’ll shed a light in the fight against Aids
Let’s come on out
Let’s stand together and fight AIDS.
Victoria University joins the rest of the world in this fight and to commemorate the World AIDS Day under the theme “Joining hands to scale up HIV prevention”. We also congratulate the government of Uganda and the team you work with that includes a number if development partners for the gains made in averting the number of new HIV infections and reduction of HIV/AIDS related deaths.
These according to government’s press statement include:
- Reduction in number of new HIV infections from about 140,000 in 2011 to 83,000 by December 2015;
- 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; Babies born with HIV reduced from 28,000 in 2011 to 3500 by 2015.
As a university located in the heart of Kampala city and which has students from different parts of the world we encourage our students to continue abstaining and if they can’t to use protection. The celebrations will be marked by all staff and students wearing the red ribbon as a mark that they applaud the strides taken on the journey to eradication of AIDS.
We are glad to be training nurses, public health specialists and midwives who also play a key role in care giving to people with HIV and also in educating communities on how to stay free from HIV. To this end feel free to visit our campus to enrol for the Jan intake or visit our website www.vu.ac.ug.