WHO WE ARE
The Masaka Association of Persons with Disability living with HIV&AIDS (MADIPHA) is an association of Persons with Disabilities who have tested positive with HIV&AIDS and their family members. The association was started in 2009 and has over 400 members in the districts of Masaka, Kalungu, Lwengo and Bukomansimbi and is arguably the first organized peer-support network of Persons with Disabilities living with HIV&AIDS in Uganda. The activities of the association include; creating awareness about HIV/AIDS among persons with disabilities and encouraging them to test and live positively, supporting persons with disabilities living positively with livelihoods, and spearheading advocacy for recognition of the rights of Persons with Disabilities in HIV/AIDS service delivery.
We believe that persons with disabilities living with HIV/AIDS can determine their own destiny if supported by the environment surrounding them. Our focus is therefore on making it possible by empowering Persons with Disabilities Living with HIV/AIDS to take charge and responsibility for their own development. Our vision is “a society where all Persons with Disabilities Living with HIV/AIDS have equal and timely access to HIV/AIDS information and services without discrimination,” with a mission “to promote access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS services and sustainable livelihood by all persons with disabilities.”