“Stigma and discrimination still has terrible consequences. The very people who are meant to be protecting, supporting and healing people living with HIV often discriminate against the people who should be in their care, denying access to critical HIV services, resulting in more HIV infections and more deaths. It is the responsibility of the state to protect everyone. Human rights are universal—no one is excluded, not sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transgender people, prisoners or migrants. Bad laws that criminalize HIV transmission, sex work, personal drug use and sexual orientation or hinder access to services must go, and go now!”
Mission and Vision
The Most-At-Risk Populations (MARPs) Network Limited is a Civil Society Organization (CSO) whose purpose is to promote coordinated leadership in HIV prevention among Key and Priority Populations in Uganda.
To facilitate coordinated interventions responsive to the needs of key and priority populations in Uganda.
A society free from HIV risks, stigma, and discrimination.
Whom we serve
MNL serves groups of people who have for long been neglected and thus mostly hit by the HIV epidemic.
Poor access to health services, punitive laws and stigmatising attitudes mean that certain groups are more likely to be infected with and spread HIV. These are called Key and Priority Populations (formally called Most-At-Risk Populations).
These are the Key and Priority Populations we serve:
High risk sexual behaviour, stigma and discrimination, high levels of gender-based violence, and poor access to health are all among the reasons for the high prevalence in this group
MSM and Gay men
In addition to being more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour, attitudes towards MSM and Gay men affect their ability to access equitable health services
HIV prevalence among the fishing communities is estimated to be 3 times higher than the general population.
A high degree of mobility and a lack of access to HIV prevention and testing services leaves this group susceptible to HIV.
People who inject and use drugs
Marginalization of PWID can be felt on a governmental level, leaving them out of HIV and health services
LBQ and other sexual minorities
High levels of stigma and discrimination impact these groups’ ability to access equitable health services
An HIV Free World
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A dollar helps us reach and support a marginalized HIV victim.
News and Activities
Although Uganda’s generalized HIV epidemic has a national prevalence of 6.3% among adults as of the UPHIA results 2016, the national HIV prevalence and incidence
Here is a list of Health facilities offering PrEP services for LGBTQ and some key population groups in Uganda. MARPI Kampala – All Key Populations BAYLOR
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Punitive laws and stigmatising attitudes towards men who have sex with men, sex workers, and people who inject drugs has meant that these groups most vulnerable to infection are far less likely to engage with HIV services.