Uganda MenEngage Network
Uganda Men Engage Network (UGAMEN) is a national network of civil society organisations involved in child rights, interventions and social mobilisation initiatives that engage men and boys in effective ways to reduce gender inequalities and promote the health of children, women, men and boys. The network was established in 2010 following a series of national stakeholders’ consultative meetings.
Uganda Men Engage Network (UGAMEN) aims to promote gender equality through active non violence and peace-building attitudes in Uganda. We are using fact-based approaches for an inclusive advocacy and capacity building so as to forge synergies to fight against holistic gender discrimination and gender inequality. UGAMEN aims to support men and boys who are committed to fight gender-based violence (GBV) to contribute to women’s empowerment and promote gender equality.
MISSION: To champion male involvement in Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) and social economic issues through advocacy, networking, capacity building and service delivery for gender equity.
Engaging men is key to reaching 90-90-90 target in Uganda
The article below appeared on Indiana University Bloomington, 25 June 2017
Written by Gwynneth Hurley
On a warm Tuesday morning cups of hot tea and milk are passed out to nearly 100 clients sitting outside of an office at Mulago hospital, the largest hospital in Uganda’s capital city. A hospital employee in a dark blue jumpsuit speaks to the crowd in Luganda, the local language. The office belongs to The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), which was founded in 1987 as the first organization in Uganda dedicated to supporting those living with HIV. It provides HIV testing, treatment and counseling services to HIV-positive people.
In 2010 current TASO employee Fred Ssenga had a cough that would not go away. He said he was afraid and had to force himself to go get tested at Mulago. His wife had been pregnant and their child had died. His results showed he was HIV-positive. He was referred to TASO for antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and counseling services. Next, he had to convince his wife she had to be tested as well. “She was fearing to be tested,” Ssenga said. “It was when she was sick and I brought her here for testing.” Unfortunately, she died two years later of AIDS and Ssenga was left to care for their now eight-year-old daughter alone.
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MenEngage Uganda has a new Secretariat!
We are thrilled to introduce and welcome Straight Talk Foundation (STF) Uganda as the new Secretariat for MenEngage Uganda. Straight Talk Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with invaluable experience in the design and management of health and development communication programmes and it’s headed by Susan Ajok, who serves as the Executive Director. STF’s staff member responsible for handling MenEngage Uganda’s work is Hassan Sekajoolo who has extensive experience in health communications, community mobilisation and youth development.
STF takes over the reins from Mama’s Club, a community-based organisation whose focus is on addressing the impact of HIV, reducing the associated stigma, and providing support to and empowering HIV-positive mothers.
We thank Mama’s Clup and its Director, Dr. Lydia Mungherera, for the strong leadership of the network since its inception! Dr Mungherera was very instrumental in getting MenEngage Uganda to where it is today, including developing the current terms of reference that contains elements of good governance as well as successful policy engagements with the Ministry of Health that led to the development of the National Male Engagement Guidelines for Health.
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