A REPORT ON AN HCT ACTIVITY HELD IN KALERWE ON 26th  JUNE 2014 TO COMMEMORATE THE INTERNATIONAL – DAY – AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING SUPPORTED BY UGANDA HARM REDUCTION (UHR) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MARPI MULAGO UNDER THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH.

On the 26th June 2014 Uganda Harm Reduction in Partnership with Most at Risk Populations Initiative (MARPI Mulago) under the ministry of Health conducted an HCT activity to deliver integrated HIV counseling, testing and treatment services to the key population group of people who use drugs in Kalerwe Dhobi zone, kawempe division – Kampala City. The event was organized to commemorate the International – Day – Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The event was graced by a sensitisation session for drug users from Kalerwe Dhobi zone, kawempe division – Kampala City.

The objective of the HIV Testing and Counseling (HCT) activity was to deliver integrated HIV counseling, testing and treatment services to the key population group of people who use drugs in Kalerwe Dhobi zone, kawempe division – Kampala City.  The activity was manned by Uganda Harm Reduction in partnership with MARPI Mulago under Ministry Of Health.

Uganda Harm Reduction’s Tushabe Janefer – the outreach coordinator and Lukwago Hamza – the Outreach worker kawempe Division mobilized over two hundred of UHR’s members (drugs users) in Kalerwe Dhobi zone, kawempe division – Kampala City with the support from MARPI Mulago working under the Ministry Of Health.

The Uganda Harm Reduction’s Outreach team managed to meet the local council team in Dhobi Zone Kalerwe to seek the Chairman’s permission and the venue for the event which Mr. Dirisa the chairman welcomed and accepted.Visit the link for details:- UHR in Partnership with MARPI HCT ACTIVITY in KALERWE on 26th June 2014

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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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