The Youth AIDS Walk is an annual awareness campaign that commences the AIDS awareness month building up towards the World AIDS Day thereby bringing together the general public of these being mostly youth and other personalities to walk towards GIVING HOPE to HIV infected children and youth TO END AIDS. This involves the promotion of new HIV/AIDS prevention strategies for youth, massive youth HIV testing, walking and performing HIV/AIDS skits (Street Theatre) through the streets, speeches from HIV experts and Exhibitions. Youth AIDS Walk commits the maximum possible amount of funds raised by the walk to acquire young health leaders and to improve the nutritional, health and educational conditions of HIV/AIDS infected/affected children and youth.
The annual Youth AIDS Walk aims at raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, creating and acquiring HIV/AIDS Goodwill Ambassadors, early disclosure of the HIV infected, supporting HIV infected and affected youth, conducting massive HIV testing through the “Youth Testing Tent” and fundraising for Community Mobile Ambulances to accommodate HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB patients to access medical centers for treatment in hard to reach areas.
1st Annual Youth AIDS Walk was held at Hotel Africana, people’s Space partnering with Uganda Cares, Uganda AIDS Commission, Airtel Uganda, Ego SMS, and the US Mission Kampala. 668 participants from different schools, institutions, universities, companies, NGO’s, among others were able to participate at the Youth AIDS Walk 2014. The chief guest was the Deputy Ambassador Patricia Mahoney from US Mission Kampala, Professor Vinard Nantulya, (Chairman, Uganda AIDS Commission) as a guest walker and Mr. Magala Henry from Uganda Cares (Country coordinator, HIV Prevention) as a guest walker. The outcomes of the event included;
- We managed to mobilize 668 participants
- 515 Tested for HIV
- Have built 2 classroom blocks for HIV infected orphans
- Supporting 16 HIV infected youth in small scale business
- Supporting over 100 children affected by HIV/AIDS with scholastic materials
The 2nd Annual Youth AIDS Walk was held at Hotel Africana, in partnership with UNAIDS, Uganda Cares, Uganda AIDS Commission, NBS TV, Rotaract Uganda, Riham, among others. The awareness campaign managed to bring more than 700 youth from schools, communities, corporates, religious organizations, among other NGOs. We hosted Mr. Bungudu Musa (Uganda Country Coordinator, UNAIDS) as the Chief Walker, Mr. Basudde Elvis from the HIV/AIDS Crusade (An HIV positive activist) as a guest walker, Dr. Musoba Nelson from Uganda AIDS Commission as a guest walker, Mr. Kigozi Joseph of NBS TV and Jerome Hall from Riham Cola as guest walkers. The event brought out;
- We managed to mobilize 693 participants
- 505 Tested for HIV
- Awarded 2 HIV activists
- Have built another 2 classroom blocks for HIV infected orphans
- Supporting 42 HIV infected youth in small scale business
- Fundraising for community mobile ambulances
- Supporting over 186 children affected by HIV/AIDS with scholastic materials
The 3rd Annual Youth AIDS Walk was held at Mutesa 1 Royal University (Kakeeka Campus, Mengo), in partnership with Smart Girls Uganda, Smize Media, UNAIDS, UPDF, Uganda AIDS Commission, BBS TV, Rotaract Uganda, Riham, among others. The awareness campaign brought 856 youth from the University, nearby communities, corporates, Non-Profit organizations, among others. We hosted Amakobe Sande (Uganda Country Coordinator, UNAIDS) as the Chief Walker, Mr. Niles Cole from the US Embassy Kampala (Cultural Affairs Officer, Public Affairs Section) as a guest walker, Ms. Jennifer Tumusiime from Uganda AIDS Commission as a guest walker, Mr. Kigozi Joseph of BBS TV and Jerome Hall from Riham Cola as guest walkers. The event brought out;
- We managed to mobilize 872 participants
- 453 Tested for HIV
- Awarded 1 HIV activists (Courage Award)
- Supporting 68 HIV infected youth in small scale business
- Continuation of Fundraising for community mobile ambulances
- Supporting over 210 children affected by HIV/AIDS with scholastic materials.