Dr Paul Nsubuga Semugoma, a Ugandan medical doctor and human rights activist, has been under arrest for the past 48 hours and is facing the threat of deportation to his country of birth.
A group of South African human rights organisations are urgently attempting to halt his deportation as Paul is “wanted” in Uganda for his activism around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in his country.
Dr Andrew Tucker from Anova spoke at the SAfAIDS tweetable dialogue on April 3 forming part of their rock leadership programme, which seeks to promote access to integrated SRH and HIV services for key populations in East and Southern Africa. Dr Kevin Rebe from Health4Men was also involved in putting the presentation together.
Dr Tucker's presentation focused on Homophobia and MSM Health and showed that through their recent research with Health4Men, an Anova project, that we can now see a scientific chain from homophobia to poor health outcomes for men who have sex with men (MSM). Health4Men project which is dedicated to addressing this heightened HIV risk through the provision of competent, prejudice-free sexual healthcare for MSM and the promotion of a sex-positive attitude among healthcare workers.
The purpose of the Tweet@ble Regional Policy Dialogue is to explore policy options for strengthening sexual and reproductive health services access and uptake in reducing the burden of HIV among key populations in east and southern Africa. It is also hope that it will generate practical recommendations for policy on how to address SRH and HIV concerns for key populations in the post 2015 development agenda.
Running under the theme: “Guaranteeing SRHR for Key Populations in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A call for Leadership and Accountability for Improved Health Outcomes in ESA”, the dialogue was attended by representatives of the African Union, SADC, Key populations, civil society organisations, National AIDS Councils, relevant Ministries and funding agencies. The Former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano also attended.
Dr Andrew Tucker is a research specialist Dr Andrew Tucker is a research specialist
The dialogue forms part of the SAfAIDS rock leadership programme, which seeks to promote access to integrated SRH and HIV services for key populations in the region. Join the dialogue on SAfAIDS Twitter, #SRHRkeypops or Stay Connected on SAfAIDS
Click here to read Dr Tuckers' SAfAIDS presentationhttp://www.anovahealth.co.za/resources/entry/homophobia_and_msm_health_the_health4men_model/