Our work

To make our society inclusive where people with disabilities enjoy wellbeing and dignity.

About US

The Umbrella of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in the fight against HIV&AIDS and for Health Promotion (UPHLS) is a non-governmental entity operating in Rwanda that was created in 2006 as an Umbrella Organization of Disability Organizations and grassroots’ self-help groups of persons with disabilities. UPHLS operates in thematic areas of HIV&AIDS, improved Health and Employability of PWDs, inclusive health policies and budgetary...

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Welcome To UPHLS


An inclusive society where persons with disabilities are empowered and enjoy wellbeing and dignity


Strengthen the capacities of member organizations, support, guide and coordinate programs to promote the rights of PWDs for inclusive services in HIV&AIDS, health and employability.




Dr SUUBI Patrick


Dr Patrick Suubi was born in Uganda in 1967. He had his primary, secondary and undergraduate studies in Kenya. He got his masters degree from the University of Oslo in Norway while his doctorate was obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South...More


MUGABO Bob Emmanuel


MUGABO Bob Emmanuel born with normal hearing capacity and later become a deaf at the age of 5 as a result of accident in 1987. He attended mainstreaming hearing school from primary level and now he hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting at...More



Executive Director

Mr. Xavier KARANGWA, he is a Holder of a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of Rwanda with more than 10 years working experience in HIV, Public health , Disability and Administration in Rwanda focus on Programs management , research, survey, disability...More

Our Priority

Advocacy /Lobbying

This components seeks to effectively coordinate collective policy engagements by UPHLS on policy issues of interest as well as for long- perspective planning. This builds on UPHLS core functions and experience of coordinating coalition to engage in collective policy...More

Capacity building

Strengthening the capacity of national DPOs & local CSOs and improve their effectiveness in participating in decision making, as well as in implementing national and social policies related to inclusion and diversity. LEARNING AND SHARING Promote regular interaction...More

Learning and Sharing

In recent years, UPHLS has been thriving to develop a specialized and demand-driven center on Disability, SRH, WASH, HIV and AIDS to (further) build up and disseminate disability-specific and disaggregated information to different stakeholders. This includes reflection and...More

Research /Evidence

Research /Evidence Gathering For UPHLS to advocate for inclusive health sector policies in collaboration with a broad group of stakeholders, and support implementation of these policies at districts and community levels ; action-research will be done jointly at different...More




BAYISENGE Christian 25 year old young man residing in Rulindo District, Base sector. He was born physically disabled and used to live in isolated life with hard living conditions without hope of life due to extreme...More


Mr. Julian Rubayiza is a 45 years old, father of three children living in Shyogwe sector, Muhanga district. He is blind and he used to live in isolated life and going back home without being treated after many hours...More

More Testimonials



Handover-takeover ceremony of the chairman and the members of the new Board of UPHLS

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the handover-takeover ceremony of the chairman and the members of the new Board of Directors of UPHLS was held in UPHLS premises at kimihurura by NIYOMUGABO Romalis toward Dr Patrick SUBI, in...

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Every Life Matters learning and sharing conference with teams from Rwanda, Mozambique, Ethiopia

From 5 to 9th November, UPHLS hosted ELM learning and sharing conference with teams from Rwanda, Mozambique, Ethiopia to discuss and take measures to tackle key issues in Eye care, Sexual and reproductive health and...

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Induction Disability mainstreaming

From 09- to 13 July 2018 at La Palme Hotel in Musanze, senior staff from the MoH, RBC and CCM were inducted on Disability mainstreaming, challenges faced by People with Disabilities in accessing health services and...

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