World AIDS Day (WAD) is celebrated 1st December of every year since 1988. It provides an opportunity for all people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS related illnesses.
The 2017 World AIDS Day (WAD) commemoration was observed on Friday December 1, 2017 nationally and at various venues in all the 47 counties countrywide. The global theme for 2017 WAD was “right to health”. The Kenyan theme to celebrate the right to health focused on HIV prevention running under the slogan ‘Hands up for “HIV prevention” and “#youthnaplan”. The local theme focused on Adolescents and Young People with the aim of raising awareness on prevention of HIV and mobilizing young people to take action.
In respect to this, the National AIDS Control Council together with partners nominated the Maisha Youth Movement steering committee members to plan for a HIV Prevention Festival to mark the national commemoration of the World AIDS day which was held in Nairobi County.
The event was held at the University of Nairobi at the Chancellor’s court grounds from 7:00am to 4:30pm. The event started with a procession walk from Uhuru Park Grounds to the University of Nairobi grounds. The procession was followed by remarks from the chief guest Honorable Cleopas Kilonzo Mailu (Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Health) and key speakers who were: a representative from the Nairobi County Governor’s office, Ms. Angeline Siparo (NACC board of directors Chair) and Rebecca Nyankieya (Maisha Youth).
The remarks were followed by the afternoon concert with performances from Dj Joe Mfalme, MC Amina Rabar, Poet Tear Drops and the artistes: King Kaka, Femi One and Kristoff among main other entertainment personnel.
Throughout the day and event, the key messages being communicated to the Adolescents and Young People were:
- Condomize Usicompromize,
- Keep Calm and Get Tested
- Be smart Stay Smart