Thursday, August 9, 2012

Champions for an HIV-Free Generation

by Thomas Bwire

The Kibera community today played a key role in hosting key former African Presidents from three African countries, who caught the attention of the locals upon their arrivals at KICOSHEP Primary School in Kichinjio village. Today their mission was not just to come and see the slum, but as champions for a HIV–free generation.

 His Excellency Kenneth Kaunda, former head of state of  Zambia, His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa, former head of state of Tanzania,His Excellency Festus Mogae, former head of state of Botswana, Zambia and Professor Miriam Were
His Excellency Festus Mogae, former head of state of Botswana, His Excellency Kenneth Kaunda, former head of state of Zambia and His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa, former head of state of Tanzania and Professor Miriam Were drew the attention of the locals here upon their arrival.  His Excellency Festus Mogae had the opportunity to inspect the guard of honour mounted by the scouts of the school who stood neatly dressed in their scout’s uniform.

Guard of honor
AIDS represents one of the greatest leadership challenges of our time. Champions for an HIV Free Generation, a group of former African presidents and other influential personalities, have agreed to meet this challenge by advocating for a renewed and revitalized response from regional leaders, with a focus on proven HIV prevention measures in countries they visit.

KICOSHEP is one of the founders of HIV/AIDS support care in Kibera as it works with persons living with HIV virus and aims to ensure they receive good care despite their status.  According to the Executive Director of KICOSHEP, Dr. Anne Owiti Awour, their aim is to help the community fight against stigma and discrimination which is a major contributing factor among people living positively especially in informal settlements.

His Excellency Festus Mogae, Chair of Champions for an HIV Free Generation
Present guests were also treated to an entertainment, from Kibera children dressed in lessos.  In his address speech, His Excellency Festus Mogae and also the chair of the group noted that they were here as they visit African countries to plead with African leaders to give priority to HIV/AIDS in their budgetary allocations to help its citizens who are engaged in helping all those who are sick and orphaned.

Entertainment provided by Kibera youth
Their core mission is to lobby political leadership of the African countries, in fighting stigma and spreading treatment and care, especially giving a priority to community health workers in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

His closing remarks ended with a call, “please to our African leaders, please do more in helping our people overcome HIV/AIDS and together in the whole world we can and together as Kenyans we can.”




No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...