Uganda makes significant progress in fighting HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS day
As Uganda prepares to mark this year’s world AIDS day on 1st Dec 2020, the country has made significant progress in fighting the HIV epidemic over the last 3 decades.
According to the Uganda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment, the HIV epidemic is coming under control in Uganda. HIV prevalence was at 6.0% in 2016 down from 7.3% in 2011.
Uganda is ranked among the first 14 countries globally to have achieved the UNAIDS 2nd and 3rd targets i.e. 90% of all People living with HIV being put on treatment and 90% of those on treatment being viral suppressed.
In a statement issued today, the minister for presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo, indicates that this progress has positioned Uganda on track to achieve the ambitious goal of ending AIDS as a Public Health Threat by 2030.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a partial lockdown of the country, World AIDS Day commemoration this year will be carried out scientifically in compliance with the Presidential directives on prevention of COVID-19 under the theme “National solidarity and a shared responsibility towards ending AIDS.”