The dfcu Bank in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom has called upon Ugandans to continue being vigilant in the fight against HIV/AIDS especially among the Girl Child.
This was re-echoed during the Katikkiro of Buganda’s courtesy visit to the bank’s head office ahead of the upcoming Kabaka Birthday Run slated for the 29th November 2020.
This year’s Kabaka Birthday Run is under the theme ‘Men against AIDS to Save the Girl Child’ and will be a virtual event to curb the spread of COVID-19 as per the Ministry of Health guidelines.
Speaking during the event, dfcu Bank’s CEO, Mathias Katamba reiterated the objective of the partnership with Buganda Kingdom which is geared towards driving a sustained understanding that testing for HIV/AIDS is an essential gateway to HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
“We find ourselves in rather difficult times having to stay safe during a COVID-19 pandemic but even as we do so we must remember that HIV remains a major challenge in our country. We all know someone who is living with HIV or who has died of AIDS. According to UNAIDS data, HIV prevalence is highest among the youth aged 15 – 24 and is almost four times higher among young women than men of the same age. We know that at least 1.4million Ugandans have tested positive for HIV and 1.2million of these are on treatment,” Katamba said.
The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga commended dfcu Bank for its continued support of the Kingdom’s initiatives