THE 2014 AMICAALL ANNUAL URBAN LEADERS’ AIDS FORUM
Theme; “Committed leadership for accelerated universal access to HIV and AIDS services”
The Alliance of Mayors’ Initiative for Community Action on AIDS at the Local Level (AMICAALL) is a global initiative started under the support of UNDP and UNAIDS to nurture and support the roles of the local leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in local authorities in Africa. The overall goal of the Alliance is to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and to mitigate the social and economic impact of the epidemic on local communities in Africa. The Alliance is coordinated by the Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia and is currently operating in 13 countries; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Coted’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
AMICAALL Uganda Chapter was launched in November 2000 in Kampala with a number of Mayors signing a declaration of commitment to HIV and AIDS response in their respective urban authorities. Subsequently, AMICAALL Uganda Programme was established with initial funding from UNDP Country Office.
The urban leaders’ HIV and AIDS forum was initiated in 2012 and has since been held every year. The themes for the have been:
• Providing Strategic Direction for sustainability of the AMICAALL for 2012
• Programme Sustainability for the urban HIV/AIDS response for the next 5 years for 2013
The proposed theme for 2014 is “Committed leadership for accelerated universal access to HIV and AIDS services.” This year’s forum will be used to review our performance towards achieving the MDGs by 2015 and launch a campaign to accelerate universal access to HIV and AID services.
President Yoweri Museven, in a speech read for him by the presidency minister, Frank Tumwebaze, lauded the mayors and local leaders for embracing the fight against the scourge.
The AMICAALL chairperson, who is the mayor for Soroti municipality, Martin Alfred Aruo, noted that the new campaign launched by the mayors against AIDS would go a long way in galvanizing the local leadership against the scourge. The response to this scourge by urban leaders has not been good in the past but we now need to mobilize leaders at the local levels to embrace the fight
The AMICAALL country programme director, Dr. John Mugisa, called for the reinvigoration of the fight against AIDS with urban leaders taking the lead because towns are the epicentres of the epidemic. The Uganda AIDS indicator survey (2012) showed the HIV prevalence rate in urban areas stands as 8.3% compared to 7.0% in rural areas.