A step toward opening HIV care to LGBTI Ugandans

1 Feb

A step toward opening HIV care to LGBTI Ugandans

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Groups of Ugandan key affected populations meet at the Grand Global Hotel  on Jan. 29 to nominate representatives to serve on the Country Coordinating Mechanism panel, which helps decide about HIV services in Uganda. (Photo courtesy of the Uganda Health and Science Press Association) Groups of Ugandan key affected populations meet at the Grand Global Hotel on Jan. 29 to nominate representatives to serve on the Country Coordinating Mechanism panel, which helps decide about HIV services in Uganda. (Photo courtesy of the Uganda Health and Science Press Association)

LGBTI people, sex workers and drug users in Uganda have moved a step closer to having representatives on the health policy panel that could improve their access to HIV services.

A previous election to choose representatives of those key population groups — groups with elevated risk of HIV infection — was ruled invalid earlier this month on procedural grounds. As a result, those groups still have no official representatives on the Ugandan health policy panel known as the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM).

In a gathering at Kampala’s Grand Global Hotel on Jan. 29, five key population groups chose five nominees each for seats on the…

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