The 2012 Uganda National HIV/AIDS Pediatric conference held in Kampala City had two major events i.e. the Children’s symposium and the scientific conference. The conference was organized by Ministry of Health in conjunction with Uganda Pediatric Association and the National council for children under the theme ‘Overcoming Pediatric HIV; an achievable challenge in partnership’.

Namugongo Fund for Special Children (NFSC) was one of the civil society organizations that participated in the conference, represented by 5 children in the symposium and 1 staff in the scientific conference. The 2 day children’s symposium held on 5th -6th September 2012 focused on the topic from awareness to action and was attended by over 200 children affected by and or living with HIV/AIDS. Children shared life experiences of HIV/AIDS related challenges they encounter at home, schools, hospitals and communities which were documented into a petition. The petition was presented to the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda by children representatives on 7th September 2012. NFSC child representative (Suubi Ruth) was among those that presented the petition to the Speaker of Parliament.

The scientific conference that lasted 4 days (12-14 September 2012) attracted a cross section of stakeholders in the HIV/AIDS sector addressing prevention, treatment, care and support. The conference discussions focused on the strategy towards zero HIV infection crowned with the launch of PMTCT option B+ by Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni (Uganda’s First Lady and Government Minister). The conference closed with emphasis on the need for stakeholders to form partnerships and social networks targeted at scaling up of HIV/AIDS services to particularly address the challenge of pediatric HIV.