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UGANET to hold high-level national dialogue on HIV and the law

The Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) will on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, host a high-level national dialogue to discuss issues related to HIV, health and the law.

UGANET is hosting the dialogue alongside a number of partners who include the Uganda AIDS Commission, The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO), UNAIDS, UNDP, Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.

Among the at least 100 delegates expected for the national dialogue, which
will be held at the Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala, are senior officials in
government, the donor community and civil society. The theme for the workshop is “Leaving No One Behind: Working in unison towards effective approaches to addressing human rights barriers hindering the attainment of the goal to end the HIV/TB epidemics.”

The half-day conference is scheduled to start at 8am and end at 1:30pm. The opening ceremony will be headlined by a speech from the Minister for the Presidency, Esther Mbayo, while the closing remarks will be delivered by the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng. Justice James Ogoola, a retired principal judge, will deliver the key-note address titled, “Health and Justice Systems Leaving No One Behind.”

The conference will have four different panels to discuss different aspects of the day’s theme. These include the state of HIV, TB and human rights today (Panel One); What are the evidential approaches to addressing rights
violations? (Panel Two); Taking a stand for human rights (Panel Three); and Catalyzing leadership, action and partnership in ending HIV-related abuses (Panel Four).

During the conference, UGANET will also release two reports. The first is a legal review and assessment of the impact of existing progressive and punitive laws, policies and regulations. The second is on the annual state of human rights violations for Key Populations (KPs) and Persons Living with HIV/TB.

UGANET, whose Twitter handle is @uganetlaw, has put together a team of
social media ambassadors to follow the conversation at the national dialogue and live tweet using the hashtags #NoOneLeftBehind, #EndStigmaUG,

Vice President Edward Ssekandi visits the UGANET tent during the 2019 World AIDS Day celebrations in Kayunga district. Looking on are Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng (Extreme Left) & the Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo
The UGANET social media team during a two-hour live tweet session on World AIDS Day. They will be live tweeting the national dialogue

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