For the previous three years, the Birthday Run held ahead of Kabaka’s birthday on April 13, has focused on fighting the Sickle Cell Disease. Proceeds from the run were as such, dedicated to raising awareness and procuring test kits through the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services. This year, 494 million Shillings was realised in the Run.
The seventh edition of
Kabaka Ronald Mutebi II’s birthday run will focus on the fight against HIV/AIDs. The Kingdom is putting men at the forefront, according to Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.
For the previous three
years, the Birthday Run held ahead of Kabaka’s birthday on April 13, has focused on fighting the Sickle Cell Disease. Proceeds from the run were as such, dedicated to raising awareness and procuring test kits through the
Uganda National Health Laboratory Services. This year, 494 million
Shillings was realised in the Run.
Mayiga said that that since the
Kabaka was named the UNAIDs HIV/AIDs Ambassador, the Kingdom resolved that part
of the coming Birthday Run proceeds are used in the fight against the disease. He encouraged men and male youth to be wise and decide not to spread and acquire HIV as a strategy for containing the deadly virus.
He announced this today at the launch of the birthday run theme; ‘Men Against
AIDs to Save the Girl Child’, unveiled in the company of officials from the Joint United Nations
Programme on HIV/AIDs (UNAIDs)
during an event at Bulange-Mengo.
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He said that the Kingdom
expects 60,000 people to participate in the 2020 run. He added that the event
to celebrate the life of Kabaka is also used as the opportunity to
focus on issues touching the health of his subjects.
“When we started in
2014, we focused on fistula and up to 270 million Shillings was given to Kitovu Hospital
by 2016 to help treat women with the condition. In 2017, we started the fight against
Sickle Cell and part of the proceeds totalling 550 million Shillings were given towards the
fight as of 2019,” Mayiga said.
He said that the
Kingdom’s annual themes for the Birthday Run help people understand the
different health conditions especially those they perceive to be caused by
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According to statistics
by UNAIDs, 1.4
million people were living with HIV in 2018 in Uganda.
further, indicate that 84 per cent of people living with HIV in 2018 knew their
status, 72 per cent were on treatment and 64 per cent were virally suppressed.
Dr Karusa Kiragu, the UNAIDs
Country Director said that Kingdoms are an important fabric of the community and
that continued discussion and communication is vital for ending the HIV scourge. She added that UNAIDS hopes to make a huge milestone in sensitizing people, about the dangers of HIV through the Kabaka's Birthday Run.
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V.G Somasekhar, the Managing Director of Airtel Uganda-the
Run’s biggest sponsor re-affirmed the company’s commitment to the annual
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Participants in the Birthday run are divided between the 5km,
10km and 21km race and they are flagged off from Kabaka’s palace in Lubiri, Mengo.