CFYDDI Brings to the community the first World AIDS Day comemoration activity 2016 at the center with a candlelight vigil to honour all those who have lost their lives to AIDs as we remeber that World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Here at CFYDDI we has attended events throughout Uganda in the past. However, in an effort to make our events local and to allow a greater number of people to participate in the learning opportunity presented by this day, we are glad to inform you that the center is getting ready each time with your support to hosted events at community level. a celebration at our centre on this day brought more than 100 community members to the event, including representation from 12 local schools,health workers, teachers, peer educators, community village health team representatives, opnion leaders, CFYDDI staff, children and local government representatives.
The event began with opening remarks from staff members and our patrons from local schools. Our patron at Spire High School, Simon, told students that they need to protect themselves and avoid people who will disconnect them from their future. If they are interested in becoming involved with an individual, it is important for both individuals to go for testing and to know their status.
When welcoming everyone to CFYDDI, our behaviour change and communications manager made the important point that “we may not be infected, but we are all affected”. While you might not personally be infected, chances are that we know someone infected with HIV. It affects all of our lives, which is why it was inspiring to see many people at this event who were keen to learn and share their experiences in order to make a difference.
Speeches continued throughout the event from many different individuals. The remarks released by UNAIDS to mark this years World AIDS day was presented, along with information about the HIV/AIDS situation in Canada and Austria. Many of the teachers present gave valuable and wise information and advice to the students. The students presented many original skits, poems, and songs about HIV/AIDS. They were all well thought out and tackled many of the issues surrounding HIV, such as the stigma people face.
A highlight of the day was the information presented by Nurse Kalyankolo Charles on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. Dr.Nyinoburyo’s talk was enlightening to everyone in the audience as no one had discussed Hepatitis B before.
The following is an excerpt from the information he presented:
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that ranges from a severity of a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. It is 50-100 times more infectious than HIV. Hepatitis B can be either “acute” or “chronic”.
Globally, an estimated 240 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B. More than 686,000 people die every year due to complications of hepatitis B. In Uganda, 10% of the population is living with chronic hepatitis B (about 3.5 million people).
The day concluded with a candlelight vigil to honour all those who have lost their lives to AIDs. Everyone was very peaceful and reflective as they paid respect to the deceased. Everyone was told to take their candle home with them, to remember to continue shining a light on the issues they learned about today, and to keep that light and passion lit within themselves.
The first World AIDS Day celebration and Candle ligt Vigil held at CFYDDI was a grand success, and we hope that it is only the first of many to come. we continue to appreciate all people who have contributed towards building the community youth center where community has liberty and chance to get involved with each other, to reflect, meet and learn.
Student acting a skit on HIV/AIDS
Medical guest speaker
During the candle light
alarming statistics in education Sector of Uganda
Young people meditating through the World AIDS Day