The Private Sector Foundation has launched a second One Dollar HIV & AIDS walk/run to support treatment and stopping flow of new HIV infections in Uganda.
Speaking at the launch on Tuesday morning, Dr Maggie Kigozi said that the fight against HIV & AIDS is not yet over.
Dr Maggie says HIV & AIDS does not only affect consumption and profitability of business but also destabilizes the overall business environment in the country.
Driven by recognition of the socio-economic impact of HIV & AIDS on national development, the One Dollar HIV & AIDS Initiative Uganda (ODI), a private sector-led innovative mechanism was initiated to raise domestic resources to support HIV & AIDS national response.
ODI walk and run is one of the platforms through which the private sector envisages to raise awareness and mobilize resources towards the fight against HIV &AIDS. The 2nd HIV & AIDS Walk & Run which is scheduled for Sunday 8th December 2019 under the Slogan “Until It’s Over”.
It will start from Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) Grounds at 7.00am. The Chief Walker is expected to be the Katikiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga together with friends of ODI including UN Family, Ambassadors, Government Ministries, Business Organizations and Ugandans from the Diaspora.
According to the UNAIDS Report 2019, 1.4 million people including children and adults, are living with HIV; with 1,000 new infections per week. Of the 1.4 million around, 1.1 Million are on life-long treatment. The treatment is paid for mostly (up to 93%) by development partners. However, the increasing number of people on treatment and the need to prevent new infections calls for a sustainable domestic financing mechanism.
Runners: The runners will be flagged off first at 8.00am from UMA show ground Lugogo to Naguru Hospital, to Lugogo bypass to Kololo Terrace, to Airtel Clock tower to jinja road, to spear motors, to Ntinda II Road, to Katalima road and back to UMA covering 10 Kms and will take about 1.30hrs.
Walkers: The walkers will be flagged off at 8.15am from UMA show ground Lugogo to Naguru Hospital, to Lugogo bypass to Kololo Terrace, to Airtel Clock tower and back to UMA through Jinja Road covering 5 Kms and distance will take them about 1hr.