KAVI- ICR has a well-established Community Office which proved vital in our efforts to

engage community, stakeholders and policy makers. The Institute has been utilizing the

already established links by our community mobilizers to reach out to the community through

peer leaders as a way of encouraging sustainability even after the clinical trials or programmes are over.

The current calendar year (2020) was not very conducive for our main community activities

due to the COVID -19 pandemic and as such we did note undertake the following activities

that we cover every year:


i) World AIDS Vaccine Day:

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) is observed annually on May 18th 2020. This

observance provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the many volunteers,

community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to

find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a day to educate communities

across the nation about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.


ii) World AIDS Day:

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people

worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with

HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day is important as it

reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital

need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.