Today we join the rest of the world to commemorate World Aids day. This is the day that is set aside for partners globally to unite, renew commitment, and show support for people living with HIV and AIDS as well as remembering those who have died from AIDS-related illness.
Partners and stakeholders join hands with us under the national theme “Komesha HIV and COVID-19” #TUWAJIBIKE’ to support the government’s efforts towards preventing the spread of HIV and COVID -19.
The national; theme was derived from the 2020 world AIDS day global theme “Global solidarity, Shared responsibility “The theme underscores the significance of individuals, countries ,and the global community uniting in taking responsibility to address HIV and AIDS amidst the growing list of challenges derailing ongoing global efforts today including the covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s World AIDS Day, the 32nd edition since its inception is commemorated under the new unprecedented norm occasioned by the COVID -19 pandemic which is threatening to erode gains made against AIDS over years.
A recent study by UNAIDS warned of retrogression in sub-Sahara Africa caused by COVID-19, we are racing against time to attain the ambitious global 95.95.95 Targets as it ushers in a defining decade that the global community is determining to attain in ending AIDS as a public health threat by the year 2030.
Thus the 2020 world AIDS day provides an opportunity for stakeholders and partners drawn from different sectors to rethink strategies re-imagine systems and devise new innovative ways to combat the two pandemics while ensuring that gains made against HIV are safeguarded
Under the stewardship of the National AIDS control council, the county events are being held in a community set up while ensuring adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.
Breaking from the norm the event shall thus focus more on vulnerable households of people living with HIV and AIDS, orphans, and vulnerable children, caregivers’ Adolescent girls and young women, Key populations, and persons with disabilities.
All Sub Counties will give out foodstuff to 15 vulnerable households, and the main event is being flagged off, will be in Endebess Sub County where St. Lillian’s Special School which caters to children with special needs and 40 vulnerable will be supported with foodstuff.
HIV counseling testing Services and condoms distribution are also being offered. Special thanks to the health workers who show great dedication and commitment to the service they rendered to those in need of medical assistance.
The County Government of Trans Nzoia is committed to doing its utmost to contain the spread of COVID-19 and HIV in the community. May God bless us all.