HOW AND WHERE WE WORK
UGANET works at all levels – At National, closely collaborates with Government in the HIV and Health sector, the Justice, Law and Order sector and in the Social Development sectors, Parliament of Uganda and other institutions of government such as the AIDS commission and human rights Commissions . UGANET coordinates a an advocacy consortium of over 40 local human rights and HIV Civil society organizations with whom we jointly advocate for key policy issues.
At district level – its focus is in 10 districts in which it runs legal aid clinics- Kampala, Mukono, Lira, Oyam, Pallisa, Namutumba,Rukungiri, Ntungamo, Masindi and Kiryadongo. At grass root level UGANET has mobilized and continues to support 100 community paralegals, 60 Community activists and 40 community watch dogs.
At the center of UGANET’s interventions is diligent service to vulnerable and marginalized groups. Through creative programming, UGANET has addressed several risk factors that continually increase susceptibility to poor health outcomes in healthcarefacilities, communities and in households such as barriers to equitable access to services, societal exclusion, stigma and discrimination domestic and intimate partner violence, deprivation of property rights, denial of control over bodily integrity and sexual reproductive health rights.
These Target groups are Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), Women and Girls, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), Persons with Disability (PWD), Palliative Care Patients, Prisoners, Sex workers and other Key populations.
Since its existence, UGANET has championed the voice of human rights based approaches to Health and HIV and thus carried out a number Advocacy campaigns and access to justice initiatives that have contributed to supporting vulnerable persons but also influencing policy change in response to HIV/AIDS. UGANET has implemented projects funded by Development Cooperation of Ireland, the Open Society Institute and Civil Society Fund and short term support from UNDP, UNAIDS and UN Women.