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HIV 2020 Organizers Endorsed by UNAIDS

UNAIDS Expresses Support for HIV2020 Conference In an official letter today from UNAIDS Interim Executive Director Gunilla Carson, the multilateral international organization expressed their support for the upcoming HIV2020 conference in Mexico City. Read the letter from UNAIDS here
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Their support echos the HIV2020 Alliance’s commitment to fostering a community-led response that necessarily includes amplifying the voices of vulnerable and marginalized key populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV & AIDS.
The full text of the letter is available below:
Dear Organizers of HIV2020, Communities and key populations are the backbone of the AIDS response and their meaningful engagement has always been a core and guiding principle for UNAIDS. UNAIDS therefore supports the upcoming HIV2020 conference,…

GAY ARE A “most at risk population”

-MARPs IN UGANDA
Sydney, Australia (2010)

BACKGROUND:
The following are the Most at risk populations in Uganda:
Fishing Communities; HIV Prevalence, slightly over 20%.
In-mates; 13% HIV Prevalence among females; 10% HIV Prevalence among males, 2003 (MoH).
CSW; 47% HIV Prevalence 2003 (MoH); 2009(UNFPA)-KAP Survey
GAY; Sodomy Laws, life imprisonment, not accepted and difficult to provide targeted services. There are situations that predispose gay people to un negotiated sex e.g., those who pay for sex-17% and those who engaged in unprotected receptive sex 37%, AIDS BEHAVIOUR, 2007 . Untreated and undiagnosed anal gonorrhoea, anal Chlamydia, anal warts, Genital warts, HSV-1 in gay people predisposes them to HIV, SYDNEY STUDY, 2009. MSM HIV Prevalence is 13.7%, Crane Survey, 2010.
Uniformed services
Persons staying away from their stable partners for long.
Those who face; violence, abuse and discrimination.

LESSONS LEARNT:
In Uganda most gay also live a heterosexual life in …

PEPFAR Money Came At The Right Time, For The Right Groups And Right People, Thankfully!

PEPFAR money is very much needed for various HIV Prevention and Care activities by different organizations and institutions across the Uganda.  Uganda will be able to win the fight against HIV, because no organization will be denied  this money. Denying them money will mean "no one left behind" was  rhetorical and not meant as a practical strategy. This also goes to show Taste-bias. Or, let us face it: They are simply ignorant about the appropriate actions HIV Prevention and Care requires. Up to now there are some Implementing Partners (IPs) denying grass root HIV Prevention and Care Community Based Organizations (CBOs) funds on very flimsy excuses outside epidemic control goals.
This money will increase critical activities that promote diagnosing, treating and preventing HIV in areas or among population groups with high rates of new HIV cases. This will be entrenched into the treatment cascade goals. Once the awards are disbursed to recipient organizations, they will help …

Subjective Influencers Toward End Of HIV: A Note To Uganda Key And Priority Populations (KP/PP)

All Key and Priority Populations ( KP/PP) can contribute to efforts to eradicate HIV in Uganda. The LGBTIQ+ has made significant progress in fighting HIV and AIDS since mid 90's. However, the magnitude of the epidemic is such that more needs to be put in place to, among others, bring down new infections, morbidity and mortality.
HIV/AIDS Burden:
According to the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) report of 2019 titled: "HIV and AIDS Response in Uganda, 2019," there are 1,000 new infections and 500 death due to AIDS every week. Uganda's HIV/AIDS burden is estimated at 1,400,000 people living with HIV.
Forward Transmission:
Working with the LGBTIQ+ in Uganda, provides opportunities for anecdotal insights in knowledge, attitude, practices and behaviour supporting resilience against HIV/AIDS or subverting it.
Affordance And Normativity:
There are feelings, experiences and motivations that together form what is known as affordance. This is a state of achievement or possibility at…

Positioning MARPS in Uganda And Sustainably Anchoring LGBTIQ+ Living With HIV To Care-2019

Background And Road Trip Report
Through 'MARPS in Uganda', we have directly been supporting 722 LGBTIQQ in form of: 1. Providing regular counselling and guidance 2. Those who were diagnosed HIV+ve have been linked to ARV care (37 of these are now in Kenya and 217 are in Uganda) 3. Housing support to 39 ( the 37 refugee/asylee seekers were provided with housing while I was in Kenya and made sure they have food, are linked to ARV care, have been provided with two projects for income generation and airtime to keep them connected. The other two are: a beneficiary in Kasese and one in Munyonyo. These houses have two extra rooms and can be used as shelters in case of an eviction emergency 4. Supplies and Logistics: We have provided high nutrition tinned foods, multivitamin packet/nutrition supplements to 55 beneficiaries and these have been distributed fully 5. We provided money to 12 beneficiaries to enable them attend clinics in the next 4 ARV-refill events between July- …

Stakeholders' Consult on HIV/AIDS Sustainability Index Dashboard And Agree On What Works

The LGBTIQ+ in Uganda can ably and effectively contribute to eradicating HIV. They have within them people who have worked so tirelessly to mobilize communities for testing and other attendant activities driving uptake and roll-out of response. 
Strategic Litigation And Human Rights Advocacy: 
From 2000-2019 funding has been provided for Strategic Litigation and Human Rights Mobilization and Advocacy. Almost all activities were: paying for office rent, Litigation, Workshops, salaries for officers and activities geared at raising consciousness toward rights.  Whereas funding was available none of it was provided for caring for the LGBTIQ+ Living with HIV. Rights advocacy work is necessary and commendable but it made it very hard for the Gay medical doctors to provide input or say. Health issues remained to be the work of these selfless medical doctors who decided to use their own funds to care for over 800+ LGBTIQ+ Living With HIV.
Strategic HIV/AIDS Prevention And Public Health Advoc…

Kavuma, Rest In Eternal Peace: Another Candle In The Wind!

From what I hear, from what I have gathered and from what all the friends, colleagues and mates say, Kavuma was an up and about bundle of energy! 
Death was the last thing on any one's mind.
It is said that a typical day for Kavuma began early in the morning, do a hard run, get to the gym and work out. Then go for a meal and all the while checking for appointments to meet.
It it were not a fashion audition, it would be meeting modelling enthusiasts. Kavuma was an unassuming mentor of others. Ebullient, exuberant, motivator and catalyst cannot begin to define him. 
To Kavuma, the day itself was this diurnal/nocturnal red carpet. He would go through events, entertain, share a warm laughter and end off having uplifted so many. Many a smiles have been lit on many a faces.
As it may, death snatched Kavuma and those who went to check, found him unresponsive.
Thus began the sad news which circulated amongst those nearer to him. These in turn shared the information far and wide.
KGN, lea…

DR Congo to give cross-border traders Ebola vaccines

This story is of interest to those who want to read further about Ebola. It has been picked up from the East Africa. 
"In SummaryThe vaccine is produced by Johnson & Johnson and is different from the single dose Merck vaccine that has been used over the past year in DR Congo.The health authorities in Rwanda have also ordered 100,000 doses of the vaccine for a similar campaign targeting traders.Response teams would then expand vaccination to whole villages where Ebola cases are confirmed.More than 60,000 traders in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who cross the border regularly into Rwanda and Uganda are to be vaccinated to curb an Ebola outbreak. Cases recorded recently in the Congolese trading hub of Goma, which is on Rwanda’s border, and have raised concerns of cross-border spread. According to Jean Jacques Muyembe, the co-ordinator of the Ebola response in DR Congo - where the virus has killed more than 1,900 in the last year - the health authorities in Rwanda ha…

World Mosquito Day 2019: 20th August

A Check out USAID Global Health for health info. This article is picked up from their website
" A mosquito bite is annoying for everyone. But for millions of people around the world it can also transmit deadly and debilitating illnesses such as malaria, Zika, lymphatic filariasis, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue. 
The mosquito’s ability to rapidly spread disease makes it one of the world’s most deadly creaturesㅡand a top priority for the U.S. Government.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) provide critical funding for programs that fight mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Over the years, preventive tools such as insecticide-treated bed nets have been highly effective at protecting millions of lives.
But mosquitoes are constantly evolving, so USAID is finding new and innovative solutions  to fight mosquitoes and continue saving lives.
Learn more about USAID’s fight against malariaZika, and…

Ebola, HIV, Measles And Violence in DRC: Lessons for KP-led Organizations

DRC Woes: Ebola, Measles and Violence The Ebola outbreak has spread to a third province in the DRC.

A story by Tim Cooks of the Global Health Network (GHN)

2 new cases, including 1 death, were recorded in South Kivu, more than 700 kilometers south of the outbreak’s source, according to Reuters.

A 24-year-old woman died on Thursday after visiting Beni in North Kivu, STAT reports via AP. Her 7-month-old child is being treated. The woman had been vaccinated after being identified last month as a “high-risk contact” of someone infected with Ebola, Reuters reports.

There have been more than 2,800 cases recorded since the outbreak began more than a year ago, according to a report in the H5N1 blog.

Adding to DRC’s woes:
Measles has infected more than 145,000 people and killed more than 2,700, Médecins Sans Frontières reports today. The organization warns of “an alarming lack of a response” to the country’s worst measles epidemic in nearly a decade. Armed groups have killed 1,900 people and…

Key Population-led Organizations Must Expand Service Provision To Cover Domestic Violence and HIV-infection

This article was picked up from Uganda Human Rights Watch Website.


The human disaster of HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome), which has devastated the populations of countries worldwide, is having an increasingly disproportionate effect on women and girls. Women now constitute the majority of infected adults in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to an increased physiological susceptibility to HIV infection, violations of women’s rights heighten their vulnerability to AIDS. Women’s subordinate position in marriage; unequal access to economic opportunity, medical resources, information, and education; and, discriminatory property and legal rights, are just some of the factors that sustain the escalation of the pandemic, and make women particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. Unremedied domestic violence, which is itself a widespread and chronic abuse of women all over the world, plays a critical role in exposing wome…