It always feels good to have Swahili Nation on stage taking party people back in time and it was no different at Cayenne bar on Tuesday during the Reach a Hand #IKnowKati concert.
What was different this time was that it was not all about having fun, drinking and dancing the night away, this time the party was purposeful.
Reach a Hand was using the concert to commemorate World AIDS day in an effort to get young people to commit to getting to zero new infections, ZERO discrimination and ZERO AIDS related deaths.
The concert was also graced by Navio, Maurice Hasa, Van Data, Jody Phibi from Rwanda, Allan Toniks and comedians including the night’s emcee Pablo Kimuli of the Pablo Live fame.
The concert was used to drive more HIV awareness but specifically to connect and communicate to the youth, who are not getting the correct information regarding the killer disease.
The night’s performers including the legendary Swahili Nation encouraged youths to test for HIV and abstain their after. HIV is mostly a sexually transmitted disease acquired through sexual intercourse.
The disease killing millions of people globally has ravaged mostly the youths because of the information gap and miscommunication. Organizations like Reach a Hand through such initiative is bridging the gap.
According to The Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011 report by Ministry of Health, Ugandans living in urban areas are more likely to be HIV positive than those in rural areas with 8.7% of these being positive compared to 7.0% of their rural counterparts.
In the age bracket of 25-29 years, only 38.6% have comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS whereas only 38.9% have the same comprehensive knowledge in the 30-39 year old bracket.
The above proves the fact that AIDS is still very alive and we must find new ways of creating awareness about it especially among young people who are victims of the disease.
Therefore with this background, Reach A Hand, Uganda (RAHU) together with partners, continue to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
With the I Know concert Reach a Hand created a fun yet informative space to speak about issues concerning HIV/AIDS and inspire young people to stay safe.
The youths can stay safe by testing for HIV and advocating for abstinence, remaining faithful to one sexual partner or practicing safe sex by using condoms.