UCAN is the secretariat for the Framework for Dialogue in Uganda.
The Framework for Dialogue is a tool for developing joint actions and ongoing discussions between religious leaders, faith-based organizations and networks of people living with HIV at national level. It does not intend to replace existing dialogue fora and/or collaboration but, rather, develop these via a methodology grounded in evidence, real experiences and mutual respect. The Framework also provides support and guidance for overcoming challenges, learning from successes and sharing lessons learned.
The Framework for Dialogue was developed by Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Affected by HIV or AIDS (INERELA+) and UNAIDS in 2011 following the Summit of High-Level Religious Leaders held in The Netherlands in March 2010. It was been piloted in Malawi, Ethiopia and Myanmar. For more information visit www.frameworkfordialogue.net.
Uganda is the first country to roll out the Framework for Dialogue; and the following partners have been at the helm of this process and together they constitute the National Working Group: Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU); Uganda Christian ACTION Network (UCAN); Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation (FOCAGIFO); Uganda Network of Religious Leaders Living with or personally affected by HIV/AIDS (UNERELA+); National Community of Women Living with HIV (NACWOLA); National Forum of PLHIV Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU); ICCO-Cooperation; Dan Church AID; UNAIDS (Uganda); and Uganda AIDS Commission.
In Uganda, the Framework for Dialogue builds upon the results of the People Living with HIV Stigma Index. It uses these results generated by NAFOPHANU – complemented by other evidence gathered in the country – as a basis for guiding religious leaders, people living with HIV and faith communities into dialogue on critical issues that are deemed to be slowing down the HIV/AIDS response in Uganda and which can only be approached through dialogue.