Airtel Uganda in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom have unveiled the 2022 Kabaka Birthday Run kit at a press conference that was held at Bulange-Mengo, Buganda Kingdom Headquarters.
For the past 9 years, Airtel Uganda has sponsored the Kabaka Birthday run, an annual event to mark Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II birthday celebrations.
Just like the previous year, the 2022 run will be aimed at the fight of HIV/AIDs hence will be running under the theme, “Men against AIDS to Save the Girl Child”, intended to drive awareness about HIV/AIDS and encourage men to be at the forefront by urging them to get tested, get treated and ultimately protect women against infection.
Going by the latest UNAIDS Data fact sheet, every week around 5000 young women aged 15–24 years become infected with HIV every week, and in sub-Saharan Africa, six in seven new HIV infections among adolescents aged 15–19 years are among girls. The statistics further reveal that Young women aged 15–24 years are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men.
The kit unveiling event was graced by the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, who said that the campaign against HIV requires behavioral change and sharing of key information noting that, “The biggest weapon we need in this fight is information, information based on research that will uphold the UNAIDS mission to eliminate the virus spread by 2030, and to achieve this we must embark on sensitization drives like what we do through initiatives like the Kabaka Birthday Run.”
The run is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3rd July 2022, and will be flagged off by Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.