KDF and their families marching at the Defence Headquarters during the World Aids Day celebrations.
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) joined the world to commemorate the annual World Aids Day on 1st December, 2016 at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi. This year’s theme was prevention of new HIV infections with focus on adolescents and young people.
Kenya Military personnel, KDF family members and invited locals joined hands creating awareness to fight the ‘enemy’ and dressed in full display of the day’s meaning.
The Assistant Chief of Kenya Defence Forces in charge of Personnel and Logistics (ACDF P&L) Major General Samuel Nandwa, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe said, KDF remembers all the colleagues and family members lost to HIV and AIDS because there was insufficient health care at the time. Noting that KDF HIV program has made progress on the war against the virus.
“We must be role models to our nation in the war against the virus and I urge all the commanders to be vigilant and ensure the success of all our public health programs in the fight against other diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and cancer,” Brig. Nandwa added.
Chief of Medical, Defence Forces Memorial Hospital (DFMH) Brigadier Dr. Christopher Arrum said, the Ministry of Defence and the KDF community stands in solidarity with seventy eight (78) million people who have been infected with the HIV virus and remember the thirty five (35) million people who have died from AIDS related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported in the early 1990s.
In attendance were Senior Military officers, United States Army Medical Research Directorate (USAMRD) representative, religious leaders, Service Members, KDF families and invited guests.
Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces Major General Samuel Nandwa greets the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Richard Angaka during the World Aids Day celebrations at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces Major General Samuel Nandwa flags off KDF personnel, families and invited guests during World Aids Day celebration.
Senior Sergeant Stephen Maina of the Anglican Church prays during the World Aids Day celebrations at Defence Headquarters.
Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) dance group entertain Guests and KDF personnel during the World Aids Day celebrations at DHQ.
Roman Catholic Choir members entertain KDF personnel during the World Aids Day celebrations.
Senior Private Patrick Shinyosi presents a poem during the World Aids Day celebrations at the DHQ.
Brigadier (Dr) Christopher Arrum – Chief of Medical Defence Forces Memorial Hospital (DFMH) delivers his speech at the Defence Headquarters.
KDF personnel and their families follow the proceedings at the Defence Headquarters during the World Aids Day.