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20040602 Double Burden HIV and Disabilities in Young People in Rwanda and Uganda


20040602 Double Burden HIV and Disabilities in Young People in Rwanda and Uganda
A situation analysis of HIV/AIDS and young people with disabilities in Rwanda and Uganda

Save the Children UK commissioned this situation analysis in May 2003 in light of the growing concerns from grassroots disability organisations about marginalisation of disability from the HIV/AIDS programmes. These
concerns have been raised at both national and international fora. In September 2001, the Ministry of Health, Uganda organised a mini symposium, on HIV/AIDS and Disability in Kampala as part of the Community-Based Rehabilitation in Africa – A Participatory Strategy Conference that was attended by many regional
disability grassroots organisations. In 2003, the World Bank supported a Global Survey on HIV/AIDS and Disability, reflecting the acknowledgement that little is known about the impacts of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on this significant population.
The purpose of this situation analysis was to explore the knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention of young people in Uganda and Rwanda and to look at the determining factors regarding their vulnerability to infection and/or inappropriate management of HIV/AIDS. This report addresses the specific needs of young
people with disabilities and provides further insights into vulnerable populations in the light of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.