World AIDS Day 2019
TOWARDS UHC: COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR A HIV FREE GENERATION
The global theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “communities make the difference” and the national theme in Kenya that is adopted from the global theme is “Towards UHC: Communities united for a HIV free generation”.
The Commemoration of World AIDS Day will take place on 1 December 2019 and this is the time when the people around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illness.
This year’s theme recognizes communities because their contribution to AIDS response in many ways. The 2019 World AIDS Day commemoration aims to create awareness on the role of communities in HIV response at a time when reduced funding and a shrinking space for civil society are putting the sustainability of HIV services and advocacy efforts in jeopardy. The theme underscores communities’ contribution to the HIV and AIDS response in many different ways; through leadership and advocacy that ensures the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at the center of the response and ensuring that no one is left behind. Communities include Peer Educators, Networks of People living with or affected by HIV, Women, Men, Young People, Children, Households, Key and Priority populations, Counsellors, Community Health Workers, Civil Society Organizations, Grass-roots activists and the Faith Community.
The strong advocacy role played by communities is needed more than ever to ensure that HIV and AIDS remains on the political agenda, human rights of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) are respected and that decision-makers and implementers are held accountable (UNAIDS, 2019).
The objectives of World AIDS Day in Kenya is to demonstrate the role of communities in HIV prevention, treatment and care services, leverage on WAD to promote the UHC agenda through provision of wellness services and to provide an opportunity for interaction and communication between the community, policy-makers, National and County Leaders.
Prelude to the commemoration of the World AIDS Day on Sunday, 1 December 2019, vast campaigns revolving around HIV advocacy, testing & referral and wellness services in various counties will be scaled up.