Uganda Harm Reduction Members

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member picUHRN Members (drug users from the 5 divisions of Kampala City, Wakiso and Mukon Districts) during a Health Dailogue on Improved access to HIV/AIDs and SRHRs prevention, care and support services. The purpose of the dialogue was to engage members (the young people most affected by HIV) in a discussion about HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights also document their views on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights; experiences with HIV and sexual and reproductive health services; and perspectives on inclusion in policy-making processes and all aspects of decision-making that affects their lives.The dialogue was organised by UHRN, attended by 27 young members between the age of 15- 30 (who are young people living with HIV, drug users-IDUs and sex workers ), 3 UHRN staff including the Director, Jacquelyne Alesi Mugenyi from Uganda Young Positives and focal person of ATHENA –LinkUp project in Uganda who was invited as  an observer  but  ended up engaging in the discussion which really  made a great impact and  the dialogue was sponsored by ATHENA under the Link up in Uganda.

 

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Uganda Harm Reduction Network (UHRN) is a Community Based Organisation, established in 2011, Reg No. WCBO/1253/11, found by former drug users, to provide a national platform and reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with “drug use”. We further seek to develop an enabling environment for the implementation and expansion of human right interventions for Drug Users (IDUs, Sex Workers and Youth) in Uganda in partnerships with other stakeholders as we strive for victory. Vision: “A Ugandan society that reorganizes and protects the health, social, economic and human rights of drug users”. Mission: “To reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with drug use to develop an enabling environment for the implementation and expansion of human right interventions for drug users in Uganda. Objectives: We work to: • Promote access to cancer screening, psychosocial support and comprehensive care (HIV, SRHR, TB, and Hepatitis B and C treatment). • Organize and equip drug users whose rights have been violated to take responsibility of their health, social, economic wellbeing and sustainability through economic empowerment trainings and functional adult literacy programmes. • Document and expose human rights violations against drug users and call for legal protection and engage in policy reforms on laws that negatively impact on drug users. • Build partnership, synergy and develop the leadership capacity of drug users to take charge of their program. • Promote the health, social economic and human rights of “drug users” in Uganda irrespective of their social, economic, academic, cultural or political background. • Promote safer sex education such as condom use, needle and syringe exchange program, comprehensive care and mechanism on how to deal with issues of overdose, trafficking and violence against drug users. • Call for an enabling environment and strengthen partnerships towards “drug users”. Core values for UHRN: The driving forces that guide all actions and practices in UHRN are:- • Social justice, protection and recognition in society • Love and respect for one another. • Support and care for one another • Honesty in all our undertakings • Empathy for each other as drug users • Sharing the available resources.

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