Addis Ababa University observes World HIV/AIDS Day

Addis Ababa University observed the 29th annual World HIV/AIDS day with the theme Hands-up for HIV Prevention at Mandela Hall Main Campus on November 29, 2017.

The event was co-organized by the university's HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Addis Ababa HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, the Africa AIDS Initiative International and Media Forum with the aim of creating awareness among students as the youth make up a highly vulnerable section of society.

On the opening session, Director of the Addis Ababa University HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (AAU-HAPCO), Messay G/Mariam (Ph.D.) warmly welcomed attendants and noted that the AAU commemorates World HIV/AIDS Day every year to alert students of the institution and increase its engagement on HIV prevention and control.

Jeilu Oumer (Ph.D.), Acting President and Academic Vice President of the Addis Ababa University, also disclosed that the university is working on HIV/AIDS prevention and control side by side with teaching-learning and various academic activities.

The university thoroughly works on the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, said Jeilu (Ph.D.), citing the opening of an office working on awareness creation, counseling and care of those who have contracted the virus.

He further indicated that the prevalence rate significantly dipped over past years as a result of the combative actions taken against the disease but that it is reviving once again this time around as there is a sense of social apathy towards the disease.

The event was marked with numerous activities that spanned panel discussion, short drama, poetry competition, talent show competition, Q&A, football game and four consecutive days of voluntary counseling and testing.

Source: Addis Ababa University

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