Projects Implemented

During the tenure of its first strategic plan (2011 – 2014), the MARPs Network Secretariat (MNS) was set up, and working as the operational hub of the Network, coordinated a range of pioneer interventions under four core objectives of;

Knowledge management

MNL is the only umbrella civil society organization (CSO) that brings together all categories of key and priority population CSOs across Uganda. As such we are a go-to hub for knowledge management on HIV/AIDS among key populations in Uganda.

Strengthening beneficiary skills,

MNL is the only umbrella civil society organization (CSO) that brings together all categories of key and priority population CSOs across Uganda.

Advocacy with and on behalf of MARPs

MNL envisions a society free from HIV risks, stigma and discrimination. It currently strives to reach 100% operational efficiency at the MNL Secretariat by 2020 and supports interventions in 45 districts of Uganda.

Coordination of the MARPs response in Uganda

MNL is the only umbrella civil society organization (CSO) that brings together all categories of key and priority population CSOs across Uganda.The MARPs Network comprises individuals and communities; community based organizations (CBOs) serving KP and PPs, district local governments; HIV and AIDS programme actors at district, regional and national levels.

Current Projects

“The Local Non-Governmental Partnerships for sustained country leadership in Uganda”

. Also known as the Local Capacity Initiative (LCI), this 3-year PEPFAR-funded project aims at increasing access of HIV and AIDS services for KPs with a focus on sex workers (SWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM). These sub-categories have a disproportionate burden of HIV. The HIV prevalence among SWs is 35-37% while that among MSM is 13.7%. Over 40-50% of the new HIV infections in Uganda come from those two sources (UAC/MOH 2014, Cranes survey 2010). Since its inception in April 2015, the LCI project is building institutional capacities of 8 MARPs organisations in three districts of central Uganda – Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso.

2. HIV/TB (UGA-C-TASO) – a 3-year Global Fund project aimed at increasing uptake of HIV and TB services among key affected populations (KAPs) in 24 districts of Uganda. The target districts include: Amolatar, Apac, Arua, Buikwe, Buvuma, Buyende, Dokolo, Gulu, Jinja, Kaberamaido, Kalangala, Kaliro, Kampala, Kasese, Kayunga, Namayingo, Mayuge, Mbale, Mbarara, Mukono, Nakasongola, Serere, Tororo and Wakiso.

3. Health Systems Strengthening (UGA-S-TASO) – a 2-year Global Fund project aimed at increasing uptake of HIV and TB services among key affected populations (KAPs) in 28 districts of Uganda. The target districts include: Abim, Amudat, Arua, Bugiri, Bundibugyo, Busia, Buyende, Gulu, Iganga, Jinja, Kaabong, Kabarole, Kaliro, Kampala, Kamuli, Kasese, Kitgum, Kotido, Lira, Luuka, Mayuge, Mbarara, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Namutumba, Napak, Wakiso, Yumbe.

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