The Umbrella of organizations of Persons with Disabilities in the Fight against HIV and AIDS and for Health Promotion (UPHLS) the former Umbrella of Persons with Disabilities in the Fight against HIV and AIDS has received a grant from the Ministry to carry out interventions targeting the improved access to HIV&AIDS services among Persons with disabilities in thirty districts of Rwanda. The project which kicked off in January 2013 was initially for three years which were extended to five years and finally it comes to an end this June 2015. We can now look back to the period with some feelings of satisfactions, all the endeavors and the investments were not in vain. Actually, the “Scaling up Access to HIV/AIDS services with focus on Prevention in Rwanda (RWN-607-G08-H) ; Single Source of Funding (SSF) for HIV” contributed to disability being mainstreamed in HIV&AIDS programmes and service delivery.

For five years duration (July 2010 – June 2015), the project’s interventions focused on prevention of HIV among PWDs which were implemented either by UPHLS secretariat or by our volunteers who are Persons with disabilities or their family members.

From 1th July 2015 to 18th July 2015, during a workshop of 5 days at La Palme Hotel in Musanze District , UPHLS staff who have been worked on this Project are assessing , evaluate the success stories , challenges faced and lessons learnt and provide overall narrative , programmatic and Finance reports of the Scaling up Access to HIV/AIDS services with focus on Prevention in Rwanda from January 2011 up to June 30th, 2015.

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SSF-HIV – UPHLS Close out Workshop

During this workshop UPHLS members of the staff have been able to :

  •  To share Case studies and experiences from national and international conferences, outreach campaigns, training of trainers and Peer education training conducted during the SSF Project lifespan,
  •  To present the overall achievements from January 2011 to June 2015, and discuss how UPHLS can document the best practice made by this Project.
  •  To generates recommendation for UPHLS future interventions and brainstorm about the sustainability of SSF Project activities and success,
  •  Make the project closure reports (Programmatic reports, Financial Reports and narrative reports).

UPHLS thank all Partners especially the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center and Districts who collaborated with us over achieving project objectives and we hope to continue collaborating with you effectively in the next phase of the project.
Our special thanks is for RBC/SPIU and Global Fund for the technical and financial support given to UPHLS during the 5 Years project period for making HIV&AIDS response more disability inclusive in Rwanda