Condolence message on the passing of Mr. Joe Muriuki by Ms Angeline Siparo ~ Chairperson, NACC

I learned of Joe’s demise with sadness and a deep sense of loss. It brought to mind how far we have yet to go on making sure we complement the gains in HIV treatment with other chronic diseases. Joe was a hero and a patriot.

He fought for his rights and gave voice to communities of PLHIV in Kenya and globally. He leaves us with a challenge that we are far from winning not only the HIV fight but also providing holistic treatment to PLHIV. The additional challenges of COVID_19 in the last two years also meant that Joe spent a lot of time alone without his peers and friends’ support, and the mental toll was heavy. This is yet another area we must give attention to, time and money.

And to Joe’s family, poleni Sana, and may God bless you with peace at this time. For the PLHIV community, let’s commemorate Joe’s life by creating a plan to support PLHIV’s also battling cancer. You can count on my support in this discussion and my commitment to enhancing policy dialogue and garnering resources for this matter.

Perpetual rest Grant unto Joe Lord and let your light shine on him. Rest in peace, my friend, and may the angels welcome you and may your spirit find rest.



Condolence message on the passing of Mr. Joe Muriuki by Dr Ruth Laibon – Masha ~ CEO, NACC

It is with deep sorrow that we accept the sad news of the passing of a HIV advocate Mr. Joe Muriuki that occurred yesterday February 14, 2022. Mr. Joe will forever be remembered as the first Kenyan who against all odds declared his HIV status. He inspired many People Living with HIV and AIDS and played a critical role in advocacy for HIV treatment. He championed anti-stigma campaigns and led movements that shaped conversations that led to global solidarity against stigma and discrimination of People Living with HIV and AIDS.

Today Kenya boasts of significant strides in the HIV response largely due to unmatched efforts by heroes like Joe whose voice epitomized struggle and resilience against HIV and AIDS. As stakeholders in the HIV response the onus is on us to continue with the good work that Joe started and ensure that his dream of an HIV free Kenya is achieved.

To the family allow me on behalf of the National AIDS Control Council Secretariat and myself to pass our sincere condolences. We pray to almighty God to give you strength during this difficult moment of grieve.

Together we can end AIDS.

Rest in Peace Joe!