The Uganda AIDS Commission board chairman Dr. Eddie Mukooyo has said Uganda is on track to achieve the 2014 set targets by the United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to end the HIV epidemic by the year 2030.
The targets dubbed “90-90-90” were launched in 2014 to have 90% of people know their HIV status, 90% of those with HIV to get enrolled on care and treatment and 90% of those on treatment to achieve viral load suppression by 90% by the year 2020.
He said that Uganda’s status for 90-90-90 is at 89-89-90 based on data from Ministry of Health.
Mukooyo was yesterday speaking at the candlelight memorial event held to commemorate the lives of persons who died of the epidemic and those living with it.
Mukooyo applauded young people who spearheaded resource mobilization of the event.
“For the past one week, young people supported by Uganda AIDS Commission have mobilised HIV resources like testing materials, reached out to people, created awareness among others,” he said
He added that the AIDS Commission has concluded roll out of fast track presidential initiative which was launched in 2017 on elimination of HIV/AIDS which seeks to totally eliminate the scourge from Uganda by 2030.
While responding to a query on why HIV positive students still get stigmatized especially at school, Dr. Nelson Musoba, Director General at Uganda AIDS commission said they are engaging the education ministry to have the issue solved.
“We know that children on medicine are stigmatized by fellow students and teachers but we are working with ministry of education to ensure that these issues are embedded into the programme,” Musoba said
The candlelight memorial event was commemorated under the theme “Empowering young people to champion the end of new HIV infections.”