Uganda Virus Research Institute(UVRI) commemorated the International HIV/AIDS and Candle-light day on the 1st of December 2022. The main celebrations were at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) but started with a community sensitisation walk with a band at 8:30am to 9:00am. The official celebrant was Assistant Director Dr Tom Lutalo who ably represented Prof Kaleebu Pontiano.
Read the director's speech here:
The match was followed with a light warm up session to welcome the staff from the walk at the UVRI grounds where they received presentations from various speakers namely; Dr Brenda Oketch- Director IAVI, Dr Nassim Kyakuwa- Deputy Head of the HIV committee and later Dr Tom Lutalo. The presentations were on the Day’s Theme: Ending HIV Stigma and Discrimination: Our Collective Responsibility from 01.15-1.30PM.
The guest of Honor was Dr Stephen Watiti who shared his HIV story and how he has championed the fight against stigma.
The staff later took part in a candlelight moment of silence to remember all who passed on due to the pandemic.