US Ambassador Urges Youths To Jointly Fight HIV/AIDS

information pills geneva;”>“You are not the leaders of tomorrow; you are the leaders of today, page ready or not, and you must recognize and accept your responsibility for the future now,” he said.

He noted that 80 percent of Ugandan citizens are under the age of 30, therefore the future of this country is very much in the hands of youth.

This comes as Uganda and United States prepare to celebrate their 10th anniversary of the US government’s PEPFAR program – the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2013.

“I am delighted that the US Embassy is supporting this production of “In the Continuum” a starkly honest work that reflect the realities we must confront in a world where HIV/AIDs remains a threat to us all,” said DeLisi.

He said this on Tuesday as he attended “In the Continuum” at the National Theatre in Kampala. “In the Continuum” explores the impact of HIV/AIDs on women in Africa and in the US.

It showcased a dynamic play, starring Ugandan actress Kemiyondo Countinho and American actress Stefanée Martin.

Mr DeLisi urged the youth to set priorities in life because their actions determine the direction of Uganda and Africa at large.

He greatly supported the conference’s theme “HIV/AIDS- No Statistics Allowed.”

“HIV/AIDS is not about numbers of people infected or statistics about bio-medical interventions. It is about people’s lives — and deaths. It is about communities whose fabric is disrupted. It’s about ending the stigma that keeps people from seeking treatment. It’s about your nation’s future,” he noted.

The Ambassador also emphasised that the fight against HIV is about everyone making good life choices, rooted in one’s values, and exercising responsibility in sexual behavior.

“The empathy, decency, humanity and compassion we show is as critical a measure of success in life as any of the more tangible benchmarks we might use,’ he said.

He gave an example of young Ugandans, Coutinho Kemiyondo who have taken the initiative and developed the skills to make a difference in their communities.

“We want to support the initiative of young people like Kemiyondo and help develop even more young leaders because President Barack Obama has consistently said that Africa’s future is in the hands Africans,” he noted.

He assured Ugandans that the US government takes seriously challenges faced by the youth such as unemployment, the need of access to education, health care, threat of HIV/AIDS among other things and its effort to address them is reflected in its development partnership with the government of Uganda.

Mr. DeLsi however, urged the youth not to sit passively and wait on the donors to seek solutions to their problems.

“You must put yourself forward now, just as the producers of this performance have. When we see such positive models we know that Ugandan youth are not a problem, but rather a solution,” he said.

He asserted that it is up to the youth to make good decisions in their life journeys.

He added: “Life can be, and I would argue should be, about making a difference. It is about caring…finding those things worth fighting for and having the passion to engage in the struggle.”

“The United States and Uganda have been working together in this fight for the past 20 years but our challenge now, is to see the first AIDS-free generation in Uganda,” affirmed the Ambassador.


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