Critical Needs

The Most critical needs of MADIPHA
  1. The government and the international HIV/AIDS policy formulation agencies should consider recognizing people with disabilities to be among the so-called “most At Risk Populations” to foster mainstreaming of the unique needs and challenges of People with disabilities in the strategic efforts  undertaken by international, national and local health service systems.
  2. The government should prioritize capturing types of disabilities within the National Disaggregated data collection systems to establish prevalence of HIV&AIDS among People with disabilities in Uganda.

 

  1. Affirmative action for representation of People with disabilities on all the HIV&AIDS service decision making committees established at national and local levels include health unit management committees.

 

  1. Supporting our advocacy role for PWDs living with HIV to increase the awareness of policy makers, local and opinion leaders and the communities on the vulnerability of PWDs to HIV infection and advocate for measures to increase access to HIV&AIDS services.
  2. Supporting PWDs peer – counselors to provide counseling support and follow up services to PWDs at various HIV service centres. This should be done through provision of refresher training to PWDs counselors on the new trends of HIV/AIDS and facilitation to reach out households of PWDs and to HIV centres.
  3. Developing strategies for integrating children and youth with disabilities and children of PWDs living with HIV&AIDS into HIV prevention; livelihood support to their households, SRHR education (youth friendly).
  4. Supporting children with disabilities living with and affected HIV&AIDS and their caregivers in self-advocacy initiatives.
  5. Promoting rights awareness and protection for PWDs living with HIV among their own families and other stakeholders and service providers.