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Huairou Commission

249 Manhattan Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11211

United States

Company Description

The Huairou Commission is a global membership and partnership coalition that empowers grassroots women's organizations to enhance their community development practice and to exercise collective political power at the global level. Driven by grassroots w ... more

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LUCOHECO

Founder
Lungujja Community Healthcare Organization

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Maxensia Nakibuuka Takirambule

Lungujja Community Healthcare Organization, Uganda
"Anything about us, without us, is not for us"
Ms. Takirambule is from Uganda's capital city of Kampala and is the founder of Lungujja Community Healthcare Organization (LUCOHECO). They focus primarily on providing home-based care treatment and support to HIV and AIDS positive patients and other vulnerable groups. Thirty home-based caregivers serve over 7,000 people, including three nurses, three counselors, and one doctor. They also offer voluntary counseling and testing in her community, a smaller district of Kampala. Ms. Takirambule is an experienced local and global leader, and along with the work she does with LUCOHECO, Ms. Takirambule cares for her four children, the orphans of her brothers and sisters and her 93 year old mother.
Ms. Takirambule founded LUCOHECO in 2005. Prior to founding the organization, she had been caring for her brothers, sisters, and husband, who were all infected by HIV/AIDS. Her experience caring for her family inspired her to meet with other women in her community to look for alternative solutions to the problems caused by HIV/AIDS. As a community leader, Maxensia has noted many needs in her community. In an interview she said, "Women have no power. Women are infected because men force them into having sex, often because they have no power in decision-making regarding sex. Therefore, the response of LUCOHECO has been to offer free or very affordable care services to those in need in their community. As home-based caregivers, they offer unique services because they go out to homes and involve patients in decision-making. Many of her clients are very satisfied with the work of LUCOHECO because they feel that home-based care service is better than clinics because the caregivers find those who need services and provide them comfort in their homes.
Ms. Takirambule sees a great deal of strength and resilience in her community and the women she works with. Most of the caregivers, herself included, are also HIV-positive and therefore know much about proper care for HIV infected patients and are able to offer meaningful counseling. Women are also very engaged in the community and have become empowered by the work they do, as many have acquired resources on their own. They are also grateful for owning the building they work out of which allows them to save money on rent to apply it directly to the work that serves the patients. She also is very thankful for the help of local networks that disseminate information for them.
Ms. Takirambule has seen many changes in her community as a result of the work of LUCOHECO. People approach LUCOHECO to be tested on a more regular basis, and community members have learned to their medication regiments. Ms. Takirambule believes the unique services they provide have encouraged people to come to them. She is also a part of a local women's network called UCOBAC which she is actively involved in. Forty members of LUCOHECO joined her organization because they are a part of the same network. At both the national and international levels, Ms. Takirambule calls on policy-makers to directly target and support grassroots organizations because there are no sustainable programs for her organization to access. There is a current trend in government policy is to shift more responsibility to CBOs like LUCOHECO but without compensation. Therefore, she lobbies for government accountability to grassroots organizations such as her own. Her wise words, "Anything about us, without us, is not for us" is a perfect embodiment of what all care-givers are fighting for: recognition of their work and inclusion in decision-making processes.


Maxensia N. Takirambule, ...

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Maxensia N. Takirambule, executive director of the Lungujja Community Health Caring Organization, the Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle, president of the St. Paul's Foundation, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, the retired former bishop of West Buganda, Uganda, and Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

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Takirambule has been HIV positive for the last 16 years and in 1999 lost her husband to the disease.
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Takirambule stressed the need to build strong and enduring partnerships during the conference.


Maxensia N. Takirambule, ...

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Maxensia N. Takirambule, executive director of the Lungujja Community Health Caring Organization, the Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle, president of the St. Paul's Foundation, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, the retired former bishop of West Buganda, Uganda, and Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

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Takirambule has been HIV positive for the last 16 years and in 1999 lost her husband to the disease.
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Takirambule stressed the need to build strong and enduring partnerships during the conference.
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Tags: AIDS Memorial Quilt, Bill Gates, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, COMPASS Coalition, Daniel Baer, Dr. James Curran, Elton John, Episcopal Public Policy Network, Faith & AIDS 2012: Taking Action Together, From Darkness to Light: An Interfaith Service of Hope and Commitment, Howard University, Huffington Post, International AIDS Conference, LGBT, Lungujja Community Health Caring Organization, Maxensia N. Takirambule, NAMES Project Foundation, President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle, Sandy Sorensen, Sarah Dreier, St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation, The Spirit of 76, Turning the Tide Together, UCC network, Washington National Cathedral

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