Museveni to Launch “Protect the Goal” HIV/AIDS Campaign

Dozens of mourners have Monday thronged Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala to pay their last respects of the departed Total CEO Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash in Russia last week.

The church service attracted a number of French diplomats and investors from Uganda’s Oil and Gas sector.

The government of Uganda was represented by officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development who praised the deceased for working towards the development of the oil and gas sector in the country.

State Minister Peter Lokeris told the mourners he worked for several years with Christophe whom he found committed to seeing growth in the budding oil sector.

Some of the mourners who attended the memorial service on Monday
Some of the mourners who attended the memorial service on Monday

“We as the ministry, viagra the oil and gas sector and Uganda as a whole, dosage have lost a very intelligent and hardworking man – one of those who have worked tirelessly towards developing the oil and gas sector of Uganda, search ” said Lokeris.

Total E and P General Manager Francois Rafin described the late as a social and down to earth person who was accommodating to everyone regardless of status.

UWA Executive Executive Director Andrew Seguya lighting up the comemoration candles
UWA Executive Executive Director Andrew Seguya lighting up the commemoration candles

“I worked with the late in a number of countries like Russia, Nigeria and Yemen before he came to Uganda but he had belief in Africa’s future and we are going to continue with this journey,” said Rafin.

Mrs Kellen Kayonga, a board member of the Uganda mines and Petroleum industry Uganda praised the late as an unassuming man who was eager to listen and share knowledge with everybody regardless of race and status.

Total E and P General Manager Francois Rafin paying tribute to the deceased
Total E and P General Manager Francois Rafin paying tribute to the deceased
The Ministry of Health, pilule Uganda AIDS Commission, approved the UN family (UNAIDS, UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF, WFP,) and other partners have renewed commitment to support advocacy for HIV/AIDS prevention and control towards an AIDS-free generation by launching a national campaign dubbed “Protect the Goal Campaign.

As revealed by the State Ministry of Health-Primary Health Care, Sarah Opendi to journalists at the media centre in Kampala, the campaign aims at using football and other sports as a platform to raise awareness about HIV and mobilize young people to commit to HIV prevention and access services.

Opendi said aware of the rising prevalence of HIV in our Country, now at 7.3% and the more recent evidence which indicates that the annual number of new HIV infections is substantially high among the young people, it is pertinent that Uganda launches and rolls out this Global HIV campaign to the entire country to increase awareness, emphasize prevention and scale up treatment.

“The campaign will use the popularity and convening power of sports to unite Ugandans towards the goal of an AIDS-free generation. It will also raise awareness around HIV prevention and encourage young people and all Ugandans to get actively involved in both the national and global response to HIV and support the UNAIDS’ ambitious target of 90-90-90 by 2020,”opendi noted.

She further explained, “This target aims at ensuring that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.”

She added that the Slogan for the campaign is; “This is your game, Do not let AIDS score”. It makes an analogy between goalkeepers protecting their goal and people protecting themselves against HIV.

Opendi revealed that His Excellency the President of Uganda- Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will preside over the National Launch of the Campaign which will take place at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, on the 9th of November 2014, beginning at 10.00am.

“He is also expected to participate in a curtain raiser Football match between Cabinet and Members of Parliament/Partners. This event will also feature Micheal Sidibe, the UNAIDS Executive Director.”

Ministry of Health and Partners in collaboration with Federation of Uganda Football Association have invited the Ethiopian National Team to play a friendly match with the Ugandan Cranes as a climax of the activities of that day.

As part of the mobilization for this big event, a number of renowned Ugandan Artists led by Bebe Cool, will be performing as part of their social responsibility to mobilize youth for HIV services and be part of the Global action against HIV/AIDS.

Facts about the campaign

The campaign dubbed “Protect the Goal Campaign” was started by the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, and was first launched at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and later on in Brazil in 2014.

This global advocacy initiative harnesses the power of sports that attracts millions of people, to bring HIV into public domain.

Following the International launch, the Heads of African States including President, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at the 23rd Ordinary Session of African Union meeting held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 23rd to 27th June 2014, then committed themselves to the Global “Protect the Goal” Campaign and signed on the symbol – the ball.

This commitment aligns itself well with the Ugandan 2013 re-commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS under the theme “Re-engaging Leadership for Effective HIV Prevention: Accelerating Action towards Zero New Infections.”

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