Philly Lutaaya awards to focus on ending stigma against HIV/AIDS patients

In Summary
  • Awards to be held on Philly Lutaaya day on 23 November 
  • There are three category entries  of the awards 
  • Nomination and voting will be done via Philly Lutaaya website 

This year’s Philly Lutaaya awards and memorial lecture will focus on ending the HIV stigma and promoting resilient communities.  Every year the office of the president through Uganda AIDS Commission mobilizes stake holders countrywide to commemorate the Philly Lutaaya day on 23rd November to celebrate the courage, his fight against stigma and his exceptional leadership of the Ugandan musician who was the first public figure to declare that he had AIDS.

Uganda AIDS Commission in partnership with Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), National Forum of People Living with HIV, International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa Uganda Key Population Consortium and friends of Canon Gedeon Foundation with support from TASO Uganda launched the awards in Kampala on Thursday.

Through the same  partnership the  Philly Lutaaya website a platform where the nominations and voting will be taking place was unveiled

The awards are in three categories including, The Philly Lutaaya personality of the year, the upcoming Philly Lutaaya personalities andThe institutions challenging stigma.

On the same day Uganda always remembers and recognises all those who pioneered to give AIDS a human face amidst stigma, discrimination, denial and ignorance but also recognizes those who are upcoming plus the institutions that continue to lead HIV service delivery.

The celebrations for this year have come at a time when Uganda has just a policy guideline on ending HIV stigma.