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UNCST Accredits THETA Research and Ethics Committee (REC)

THETA Research and Ethics Committee has been accredited. This follows the visit of the accreditation team from Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) on 16th August. Thanks to the task force and management of THETA Uganda for this momentous achievement. The team is now ready to receive and review research protocols. For more information, contact the THETA REC Administrator on:

Email: thetarec@thetaug.org

Phone: +256-701619858

AIDS 2016 CONFERENCE

THEME: Access Equity Rights Now

THETA Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International AIDs Conference 2016 being held in Durban South Africa. The event will take place from 18th – 22nd July 2016. As the theme states; Access Equity Rights Now, we stand in solidarity with all our global partners and people all around the world in advocating for equitable access to friendly HIV and AIDs by MARPs in Uganda. Overview When Nelson Mandela addressed the 12,000 participants at the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, no one knew what the future held for the AIDS response. Access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs in 2000 was sharply limited, and donor spending on AIDS activities amounted only to a small fraction of current funding levels. More than a decade later, the global AIDS response has been transformed. We’ve reached the goal of providing 15 million people with access to life-saving HIV treatment by 2015. Additionally, UNAIDS estimates that from 2002 to 2012, expanded access to HIV treatment averted 4.2 million deaths globally and contributed to a 58% reduction in new HIV infections. However, many of the obstacles that impeded effective HIV prevention and treatment programs in 2000 still exist today. More than 60% of people living with HIV remain without antiretroviral therapy; including women and girls, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, young people, and people who use drugs and other marginalized groups remain under-prioritized in the response; investments in HIV prevention research appear to have flattened; and widespread violations of human rights including criminalisation continue to undermine effective responses. We must now draw attention to those being left behind.

SOLIDARITY WALK

There shall be a Solidarity walk and a short function thereafter at Ibamba Restaurant (Uganda Museum) on Thursday 14th July 2016 800am-12:30pm.

The walk will be used by CSO coalitions advocating for equitable access to friendly HIV and AIDs services for all. They will file a petition against HIV criminalizing sections of the HIV Prevention and Control Act 2015. All these activities have been fully cleared by Police. Let us all be there!

NATIONAL FEEDBACK MEETING ON MARPS

Through the LCI project, THETA Uganda is to conduct a National Feedback Meeting on MARPs Services Score Card for Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts on the 24th June 2016 at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala starting at 08:30am.

The main objective of the meeting will be to share the Score Card results from the assessment of access HIV and AIDS Service package for key populations and discuss key issues and gaps highlighted by the score card and agree on an a plan of action to address the identified HIV and AIDS service gaps for key populations

In attendance will be National Policy makers, Development Partners, Representatives of District Local Governments, Academia and likeminded CSO partners

STRENGTHENING OF COMMUNITY SYSTEMS TO ELIMINATE LOSS TO FOLLOW-UP ON EMTCT

In a bid to strengthen the community systems to eliminate loss to follow up in eMTCT, THETA Uganda with support from ViiV Health Care through Positive Action for Children Fund launched a project titled "Strengthening of community systems to eliminate loss to follow up in eMTCT" in Oyam district.

NEW MEMBER JOINS TEAM

THETA Uganda is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Markus Werth, THETA's new Financial Systems and Management Advisor from HORIZON T 3000 - Austrian Organization for Development Cooperation