Under the CDC LCI funded project, UPHLS organized a 5 days training on Advocacy for inclusive HIV&AIDS held at La Palme Hotel Musanze.
Four persons (2 staff and 2 board members) all together 32 people from all 8 member DPOs participated in the training for 5 days from Monday September14th to Friday September 18th 2015.
The objective of the training was to equip executive and management Staff of Disability Organizations members of UPHLS on skills and knowledge on advocating for the full and effective inclusion of PWDs in HIV&AIDS services.
In his opening remarks, the Executive Director of UPHLS Mr KARANGWA Francois Xavier thanked all the participants for dedicating time to attend such an important workshop on advocacy for inclusive HIV&AIDS programme
- Training on advocacy for inclusive HIV&AIDS Services
The Director also emphasized on the need to integrate HIV&AIDS awareness programme in the strategic plans of members since it is an issue that requires strong collaboration and experience sharing.
Over the 5 days of the training, participants were able to acquire knowledge onthe definitions of disability and its types, Linkage between disability and HIV&AIDS with special focus on care and treatment, barriers faced by PWDs in accessing community and clinical HIV&AIDS services,
Advocacy types and steps of carrying out advocacy campaigns, effective communications in advocacy and others.
The training was facilitated Ms UMURAZA Mathilde the Project Coordinator and BAHATI Omar who is incharge of Capacity Building and Disability Mainstreaming in the organization.
During the closing of the training, participants presented their advocacy plans as a next step to improving their work around HIV&AIDS awareness. Participants requested UPHLS to keep their capacity developed as far as improved access to HIV Care and Treatment among Persons with Disabilities is concerned.