Uganda LGBTI get 2nd chance to elect legitimate reps

Efforts to increase LGBTI people’s and sex workers’ involvement in planning Ugandan health services are not going smoothly, reports Ugandan correspondent Kikonyogo Kivumbi. ( 76crimes article)  An election to choose representatives of those key population groups was ruled invalid on Wednesday, Jan. 21. As a result, those groups still have no official representatives on the Ugandan health policy panel known as the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM).   A new election is scheduled for Feb. 5. Representation for LGBTI people and sex workers is important because those groups suffer from a higher rate of HIV infections than the overall population. Among Ugandan men who have sex with men (MSM), the HIV infection rate is an estimated 12 to 33 percent, compared to 7.3 percent for all Ugandans. Uganda’s CCM oversees grants from the Global Fund (the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), which finances many of Uganda’s anti-AIDS efforts. CCM’s exist in every country that a

Clause by Clause Analysis of Uganda's HIV/AIDS Control Bill from a Sexual and Gender Minorities Perspective

Parliament of Uganda in session. Uhspa has submitted the analysis below to parliament in respect to the hiv bill making its way through the house REASONED ANALYSIS OF HIV PREVENTION AND CONTROL BILL, 2010     By   Uganda Health and Science Press Association (UHSPA) to Uganda’s 9 th Parliament TABLE OF CONTENTS   TABLE OF CONTENTS . 2 1.0 INTRODUCTORY SECTIONS OF THE BILL .. 5 1.1   Title of the Bill 5 2.0 Objectives of the Bill 5 1.3 Commencement Section (Section 1) 5 1.4 Interpretation Section (Section 2) 5 2.0 PREVENTION OF HIV AND AIDS . 6 2.1 Reasonable care to be taken to avoid transmission of HIV and AIDS (Section 3) 6 3.0 HIV AND AIDS COUNSELLING AND TESTING .. 7 3.1 Pre-test and post-test HIV Counselling (Section 4) 7 3.2 Counselling to be conducted by professional counselors (Section 5) 7 3.3 Nature of pre-test counselling (Section 6) 7 3.4 Nature of post-test Counselling (Section 7) 7 3.5 Continuous counselling (Section