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Uganda LGBTI get 2nd chance to elect legitimate reps

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Efforts to increase LGBTI people’s and sex workers’ involvement in planning Ugandan health services are not going smoothly, reports Ugandan correspondent Kikonyogo Kivumbi. ( 76crimes article) An election to choose representatives of those key population groups was ruled invalid on Wednesday, Jan. 21. As a result, those groups still have no official representatives on the Ugandan health policy panel known as the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). A new election is scheduled for Feb. 5. Representation for LGBTI people and sex workers is important because those groups suffer from a higher rate of HIV infections than the overall population. Among Ugandan men who have sex with men (MSM), the HIV infection rate is an estimated 12 to 33 percent, compared to 7.3 percent for all Ugandans. Uganda’s CCM oversees grants from the Global Fund (the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), which finances many of Uganda’s anti-AIDS efforts. CCM’s exist in every country that app…

Clause by Clause Analysis of Uganda's HIV/AIDS Control Bill from a Sexual and Gender Minorities Perspective

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Parliament of Uganda in session. Uhspa has submitted the analysis below to parliament in respect to the hiv bill making its way through the house Clause by Clause Analysis of Uganda's HIV/AIDS Control Bill from a Sexual and Gender Minorities Perspective By Uganda Health and Science Press Association (UHSPA) to Uganda’s 9th Parliament TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 1.0 INTRODUCTORY SECTIONS OF THE BILL 5 1.1 Title of the Bill 5 2.0 Objectives of the Bill 5 1.3 Commencement Section (Section 1) 5 1.4 Interpretation Section (Section 2) 5 2.0 PREVENTION OF HIV AND AIDS 6 2.1 Reasonable care to be taken to avoid transmission of HIV and AIDS (Section 3) 6 3.0 HIV AND AIDS COUNSELLING AND TESTING 7 3.1 Pre-test and post-test HIV Counselling (Section 4) 7 3.2 Counselling to be conducted by professional counselors (Section 5) 7 3.3 Nature of pre-test counselling (Section 6) 7 3.4 Nature of post-test Counselling (Section 7) 7 3.5 Continuous counselling (Section 8) 7 3.6 HIV test…

UHSPA Uganda teams up with HRAPF to oppose Equal Opportunities Commission Act in Constitutional Court

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Uhspa Uganda has teamed up with Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum ( HRAPF) to contest the unfair treatment of Ugandan homosexuals in the Equal Opportunities Commission Act. The activists seen here last week petitioned the registrar of Uganda's Constitutional Court, challenging a section of the act that bars homosexuals from equal treatment and opportunity. See more Uhspa work on the controversial act here: Uganda’s Constitutional Court Hears Case on Equal Opportunities for All On Monday Uganda’s Constitutional Court opened hearings on a petition, Jjuuko Adrian v. Attorney General of Uganda, Constitutional petition No.1 of 2009, asking to nullify Section 15(6) d of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act 2007. Section 15(6) d can be used to discriminate against LGBTI persons. Adrian Jjuuko, the plaintiff in this case, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF). HRAPF’s mission is to "use the law to promote Human Rights aware…

Press statement on the Occasion of Marking World AIDS Vaccine Day, the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day and International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

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A transwoman assaulted by a mob and police in Uganda rescied by uhspa and teu For Immediate Release For more information call: Mr. Kikonyogo Kivumbi, UhspaUganda Cell: +256752628406, +256392911830 Ms Clare Byarugaba UCSCOHRCL, +256776897197 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Media and CSO advisory issued by: • Crested Crane Lighters • East African LGBTI Visual Artist…

Uhspa and TEU celebrate women's day 2013

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The match through the streets of Kiira town to demand transwomen rights

Ugandans act on East African Parliament’s proposed ‘gay-friendly’ HIV Bil

Ugandans act on East African Parliament’s proposed ‘gay-friendly’ HIV Bill Changing Attitude, October 21st, 2011 Be Kikonyogo Kivumbi reports on Behind the Mask: Gay rights activists in Uganda have started consultations with HIV/Aids and human rights organisations about the proposed East African Community HIV and Aids Prevention and Management Bill, 2010. The activists have been spurred by the fact that the East African Community Council (EAC) of Legal and Judicial Affairs will be meeting next week to develop opinion on the gay friendly East African HIV/Aids bill and advise their home governments. The meeting taking place in Arusha, Tanzania will be attended by the Attorneys General and Justice Ministers of the five East African Community member countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. The outcomes shall set discussions for the EAC Council of Ministers set for the second week of November which will be attended by amongst others Uganda’s Minister for EAC Eriya Kat…

Civil Society Position on Uganda's Aids response, LGBTI marginalisation to health access

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release: 16 October 2012 Contact for more information: Alice Kayongo-Mutebi, Community Health Alliance Uganda, 0772440108/0701440108 alkayongo@gmail.com Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) Uganda AIDS Information Centre (AIC) Uganda • Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS) Uganda • Health Global Access Project (Health GAP) • Health Rights Action Group (HAG) • International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) Eastern Africa • International HIV/AIDS Alliance Uganda • National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (NACWOLA) • National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) Uganda • Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) Uganda Health and Science Press Association (UHSPA) Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organisations (UNASO) Uganda’s AIDS Response is Moving…

Uganda’s AIDS response moving in reverse

http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/636492-uganda-s-aids-response-moving-in-reverse.html Publish Date: Oct 17, 2012 newvision By Vicky Wandawa An HIV/AIDS report by advocacy organisations in Uganda indicates that new transmissions are on the rise amidst troubling trends of increasing prevalence and incidence. The findings are contained in a report titled: “The Change We Need to End AIDS in Uganda,” which describes a ten-point plan to halt the trend. The plan is to be presented at Uganda’s 2012 Joint Annual Aids Review, Imperial Hotel during a two-day symposium that ends today Wednesday. Speaking at a media breakfast at Fairway Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday, Alice Kayongo, the HIV/AIDS Policy /Advisor with Community Health Alliance Uganda, noted: “HIV prevalence in Uganda has risen from 6.4% in 2006 to 7.3%. Uganda is the only country reporting rise in HIV incidence, yet we are receiving funding from the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),…

She is My Son: The Pain of Being an Intersex Person in Uganda Press Release May 15,2012

Press Release For Immediate Release Kampala, May 15,2012 Human Rights defenders call for action to protect Intersex Children and people in Uganda Two human rights groups in Uganda have this morning launched a documentary: She is My Son- The Pain of being an Intersex person in Uganda, with a call on government to protect intersex people by availing families with information on intersexuality. The two organizations, Support Initiative for People with atypical Sex Development (Sipd Uganda) and Uganda Health and Science Press Association noted with concern that many intersex people are denied their full potential in life for simply being who they are. The documentary has also been posted on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMfRrc64rl4&feature=share. Mr. Julius Kaggwa, the SIPD Uganda Executive Director said while launching the documentary that intersex people face discrimination, isolation and stigma based on their genital make up and other conditions that not necessari…