The MARPs Network Secretariat, established in 2011, by design has a lean team of MARPs-competent staff although occasionally outsources seasoned teams. The secretariat has since established its niche and competitive advantage in health (particularly HIV and AIDS) targeting MARPs in Uganda. The organization enjoys easy access and influence to the wide spectrum of MARPs; it is a safe space for MARPs (especially KAPs) to consort and has enviable experience and expertise in MARPs programming.


At present, the MARPs Network secretariat is also the MARPs secretariat for Global fund Uganda country coordinating mechanism (UCCM) activities, the home of Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) Trainings in Uganda, a sub-recipient (SR) of Global fund resources targeting MARPs, etc.

HIV Prevalence among Ugandan Key Populations is at an alarming 46%

In 2016, an estimated 1.4 million people were living with HIV, and an estimated 28,000 Ugandans died of AIDS-related illnesses.

There were 52,000 new HIV infections in Uganda in 2016,mainly among adolescents and young people, women and girls, and key populations

Driven by passion as a founding principle, trust as a building block, and personal tragedy as a somber reminder, the MARPs Network founding members and team are committed to working with others towards the achievement of the basic human right of access to health. We believe that multi-stakeholder; cross-sectoral, participatory approaches along with active promotion of equity are essential for supporting sustainable processes and stable societies.

Our Core Values:

Our core values are the bedrock upon which we do what we do at MNL. These include;

  • Accountability
  • Confidentiality
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Transparency

Core Program Areas:

Our core program areas include:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Network Development
  • Business Development,
  • Capacity Building and
  • Communications and Public Affairs


MARPs Network has served Uganda's key populations for over 10 years. With this experience, we are an authority and  safe space for MARPs (especially KAPs) to consort and has enviable experience and expertise in MARPs .programming.

Who we serve

Despite the general decline in new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), in 2013 the region was responsible for 72% of all new HIV infections globally.

Sex Workers

many sex workers in Uganda consider discrimination as a major barrier in their willingness to test for HIV


Men who have sex with men's HIV prevalence was 13% in 2013

Fisher folk

HIV prevalence among the fishing communities is estimated to be 3 times higher than the general population.

Truck Drivers

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 drugs

Marginalization of PWID can be felt on a governmental level, leaving them out of HIV and health services

Transgender people

The transgender community is one of Uganda's most discriminated groups.

Our Impact

Organisations we support
Community sensitizations
Years of relentless work and effort

With your help we can do so much more

Every dollar you donate can provide condoms, educate the community and contribute to a zero HIV/AIDS generation. We entirely depend on donations.

Our current and past partners

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