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MADIPHA Advocates for Common Treatment Center :: Uganda Radionetwork
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MADIPHA Advocates for Common Treatment Center

Nissy Namuyomba, the Programs Coordinator at MADIPHA, emphasized the importance of the Ministry of Health developing a comprehensive plan that consolidates all services, making them easily accessible for persons with disabilities without unnecessary difficulties.
Isabella Nyirazihawe, the greater Masaka Regional Coordinator of the TB and Leprosy Control Program at the Ministry of Health at the Luanch of Accessibility Assessment Report by MADIPHA

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The Masaka Association of Persons with Disability Living with HIV (MADIPHA) has highlighted the need for a common treatment center that caters to both HIV management and disability conditions. MADIPHA operates in Masaka, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Rakai, and Lwengo districts. 

Their recent accessibility assessment report has revealed the lack of centralized centers as a significant limitation for persons living with disabilities who require these services. The report indicates that individuals with disabilities living with HIV and other opportunistic diseases, such as Tuberculosis (TB), face challenges accessing the necessary services and medication due to the fragmentation of services across different locations. 

Nissy Namuyomba, the Programs Coordinator at MADIPHA, emphasized the importance of the Ministry of Health developing a comprehensive plan that consolidates all services, making them easily accessible for persons with disabilities without unnecessary difficulties.

Namuyomba stated that MADIPHA has formally requested the Ministry of Health to establish guidelines enabling persons with disabilities to receive a comprehensive range of services for disability conditions, including mental health support and assistive devices, in the same facilities where they receive HIV and TB treatment.

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Richard Musisi, the Executive Director of MADIPHA, emphasized that their findings demonstrate how the scattered service points undermine the principle of free access and create frustration for persons with disabilities who cannot afford additional expenses.

Musisi believes that establishing one-stop service centers will not only improve accessibility but also simplify monitoring and follow-up processes for clients, thereby reducing the risk of exacerbating their conditions. 

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The assessment report revealed that while a significant number of clients received free HIV and TB treatment, disability rehabilitation services were not available in any of the assessed health facilities, rendering them non-inclusive for persons living with disabilities. 

The report further challenges the Ministry of Health to ensure that administrators and in-charges promptly implement physical accessibility measures at all health facilities, eliminating any inconveniences for persons with disabilities.

In response, Isabella Nyirazihawe, the greater Masaka Regional Coordinator of the TB and Leprosy Control Program at the Ministry of Health, expressed their commitment to thoroughly study the assessment reports to inform future policy considerations and improvements.  

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