Daughter to the late Philly Bongoley Lutaaya has asked Ugandan musicians to compose more HIV/AIDS awareness songs, a trend started by her father decades back.
Tezra Lutaaya, the Founder Member of Philly Lutaaya Cares Foundation, was addressing press on preparations for the International AIDS Candle-light memorial.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV, is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world.
Started in 1983, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS.
It will be commemorated on Friday May 15, 2015.
It is in line with this year’s World AIDS Day theme: “Getting to zero”.
Tezra Lutaya said her father was came out to disclose his HIV status and even composed songs that rallied people towards openness of their statuses.
Songs like “Alone and Frightened,” rallied Ugandans to stand up and fight the incurable disease.
Lutaaya’s message was a wake-up call as HIV prevalence rate was as high as 18%.
Ugandans, civil societies and the Government got together in solidarity to fight and live responsibly.
The Government adopted the ABC approach – Abstain, Be mutually faithful to your partner, or use a Condom.
By 2000, the HIV prevalence rate had dropped tremendously. The prevalence declined from about 18% in 1992 to 6.2% in 2002.
According to Mr. Basil Tushabe, the executive director of Communication for Development Foundation Uganda, the decline in the prevalence from about 18% in 1992 to 6.2% in 2002 was because of the efforts made by the musicians and politicians.
Uganda was the first developing country to bring down HIV prevalence.
However, in 2005, it rose slightly to 6.8% and stagnated for about three years until 2011, when it rose again.
Today, it is estimated that more than 375 people get infected on a daily basis.
Tushabe attributes the increasing number of new infections to reduction in the complacence levels and the misconception about ARVs.
Over 30 organizations and government ministries have joined efforts to stand with all those families that have lost their loved ones to HIV/AIDS.