A message from H.E. Dr. Speciosa Wandira- Former Vice President of Uganda: Day of the Girl Child October, 2015.

Today’s adolescent girl is tomorrow’s mother—the sustainer of humanity. To ensure healthy lives, she must champion the end of HIV/AIDS as a public health threat.

 As Champions for an HIV-Free Generation, we underscore among other issues:

 *The necessity to Empower adolescent girls, young women and women in every country across Africa to protect themselves against HIV and to have access to life-saving HIV services.

*Evidence-informed HIV prevention policies and programs which must involve and reach adolescent girls, young women and women, and must be adapted to meet their specific needs

*Access to antiretroviral medicines for all pregnant women living with HIV to prevent mother-to-child transmission and for their own health, including follow-up throughout their lives

*Engagement of adult men to know their status, to access treatment for their own health and to protect their partners

The above goals must be underpinned by a clear framework that captures information on the need versus service delivery, not only for record keeping but as well follow up to ensure that no adolescent girls and young women are left out.