The Honorable Ministers,
The Honorable Members of Parliament,
Distinguished participants in your respectable capacities,
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to present to you the critical call of civil society organizations working on HIV in Uganda, coordinated under UNASO and whose work cuts across the four thematic areas of the NSP shared here today and represent the multi- sectoral response. We are about 60 organizations.
I am Dora Kiconco Musinguzi, the Executive Director of UGANET, a NGO working on legal and human rights response to HIV, Health and Gender.
We start our remarks with a big thank you – we congratulate all the AIDs workers for the results achieved over the one year, we honor the foot soldiers that are providing all these needed services, we continue to honor persons living with HIV whose resilience affirm the fact that we can beat AIDS, we appreciate the Development partners that have continued to invest in ending AIDS and we thank the AIDS commission for its coordination and for convening this 9th JAAR. In advance, we would like to thank and congratulate all the finalists that will receive awards shortly – you certainly deserve the recognition. Thank you !
This JAAR is particularly exciting because of its Theme: Ending AIDS by 2030. We thank the AIDS commission for bridging the debate, from an international platform and bringing it back Home. We are inspired that UGANDA, and our selves believe that we can indeed end AIDS by 2030.
While we genuinely appreciate the milestones over one year, we would like to ask the question – What does it mean to End AIDS by 2030?