Every sport needs lively minds and healthy bodies to perfect the vigorous hitherto demanding tasks at hand.
Upon this background, the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) is at the fore front to preach affluent healthy living as they launched a campaign to further foster a brave fight against HIV.
This campaign has been code named “Box HIV and AIDS out of Uganda”.
It was launched to the public at Kati-Kati Restaurant in Kampala.
UBF is in close collaboration with UNAIDS Uganda, AIDS Information Center ( AIC), Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC ) and Infectious Disease Institute (IDI).
Moses Muhangi, the president of the Uganda Boxing Federation hailed the afore-mentioned health organizations for making the bold decision to steer the campaign.
Moses Muhangi, President Uganda Boxing Federation
As Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF), we are honored that we are together with UNAIDS, AIC,UAC and IDI in the fight against HIV and AIDS. We are grateful that we are having this campaign to Box HIV and AIDS out of of the country and in Boxing. We shall ensure that we fight together by sensitizing and creating awareness to coaches, clubs owners, administrators, Referees, Judges, Boxers and fans about HIV.
UNAIDS also donated training bags that will be shared among the all the 35 boxing clubs in the country.
The launch was also graced by the UNAIDS country Director Dr. Karusa Kiragu who hinted on the need for this multi-sectoral commitment to ensure Viral suppression.
UNAIDS is urging multi-sectoral commitment to ensure viral suppression. This should go hand in hand with comprehensive leadership for sustainable programs, especially domestic funding
UNAIDS country Director Dr. Karusa Kiragu
On behalf of Infectious Disease Institute Dr. Andrew Kambugu called upon for unity so that the health threat of HIV and AIDS is championed.
Dr Andrew Kambugu of Infectious Disease Institute
We have to work and stand together to fight and overcome HIV and AIDS in the country. We don’t want to draw with this virus, we only need a win and as a Boxing fan, we need to win by knock out
The campaign will help in encouraging 90% or more of the UBF management know their HIV status, and have a plan to sensitize and protect their Boxers from HIV.
It will also include boxers and their fan base, but will ultimately include students in primary, Secondary and Universities.
According tothe research made in 2017, men are less likely to know their HIV status, to beon treatment and to be virally suppressed. Consequently, men are twice likely to die from HIV than women.
It is also believed that about 69% of men living with HIV are on treatment compared to 79% of women.
The sensitization drives aimed at creating awareness among opinion leaders in the boxing spheres start this Wednesday 28th, November at Kati Kati Restaurant.
They will climax by the 5th December 2018.