The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) joined the world to commemorate the annual World Aids Day on 1st December 2021 at the Defence Headquarters and other KDF units across the country under the theme: “End Inequalities, End Aids, End Pandemics”.
The World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on 1st December to bring awareness about HIV and AIDS. It is one of the most widely recognized international health days and aims to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
The event was graced by Chief of Personnel Brigadier Elijah Gatere, who expressed his gratitude for joining the KDF fraternity in celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of the World AIDS Day.
The Chief of Defence Forces General Robert K. Kibochi message to military fraternity, read by the Chief of Personnel Brigadier Elijah Gatere, reiterated the importance of this day, which has been globally designated to celebrate, reinforce achievements made in HIV/AIDS responses as well as raise awareness and remember those living with HIV, or lost their lives to HIV-related illnesses since 1988. The World AIDS Day remains relevant today, as it serves as a reminder to all of us that HIV pandemic is still a Public Health issue that has threatened the existence of societies for over four decades.
The CDF further urged all the commanders to realize that Health Promotion, disease prevention and active management are all command responsibilities, hence the need to spearhead the recommended policies by the health care providers to prevent and actively manage the Pandemic.
Speaking on behalf of the Chief of Army Medical Services, Colonel (DR) Sila Kisingu stated the importance of celebrating world Aids Day and the need to raise of awareness on Hiv and Aids. “Today about 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV and AIDS, and in every year 1.8 million people are infected by the virus,” said Colonel (Dr)Sila. He further urged everyone to get tested so as to know their status and congratulated those who have been implementing the HIV and Aids program in the Kenya Defence Forces.
In attendance were senior Military Officers, Officers, Service Members, KDF families and invited guests.