About US

The Umbrella of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in the fight against HIV&AIDS and for Health Promotion (UPHLS) is a non-governmental entity operating in Rwanda that was created in 2006 as an Umbrella Organization of Disability Organizations and grassroots’ self-help groups of persons with disabilities. UPHLS operates in thematic areas of HIV&AIDS to improve the health and employability of PWDs, create and advocate for inclusive...

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Welcome To UPHLS


An inclusive society where persons with disabilities are empowered, dignified, and enjoy wellbeing.


Strengthen the capacities of member organizations, support, guide and coordinate programs to promote the rights of PWDs for inclusive services in HIV&AIDS, health and employability.




Dr. Suubi Patrick


Dr. Suubi Patrick is the Chairman of UPHLS. He has held several leadership positions in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the past. Dr. Suubi is also the Rwandan Union Blind RUB legal advisor, He is Deputy Dean of the school of inclusive and Special Needs...More


Mugabo Bob Emmanuel

Board member

Mr Mugabo Bob Emmanuel is the board member in charge of finance. Mr Mugabo Bob Emmanuel is also the Rwandan Union the Deaf advisor, He is Senior Accountant in Zigama Credit and Saving Society.Automatic word wrap He studied finance needs and holds a Masters in accounting and...More



Executive Director

Mr. Xavier KARANGWA, he is a Holder of a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of Rwanda with more than 10 years working experience in HIV, Public health , Disability and Administration in Rwanda focus on Programs management , research, survey, disability...More

Our Priority

Advocacy /Lobbying

Developing a strategy is the most effective and efficient way to work. Having a strategy for your advocacy efforts will help you to outline your vision and goals, identify the stakeholders that will need to be involved and how you will reach them. A strategy helps you map...More

Capacity building

Capacity building (or capacity development) is the process by which individuals and organizations obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources needed to do their jobs...More

Learning and Sharing

In recent years, UPHLS has been thriving to develop a specialized and demand-driven center on Disability, SRH, WASH, HIV and AIDS to (further) build up and disseminate disability-specific and disaggregated information to different stakeholders. This includes reflection and...More

Research /Evidence Gathering

For UPHLS to advocate for inclusive health sector policies in collaboration with a broad group of stakeholders, and support implementation of these policies at districts and community levels ; action-research will be done jointly at different levels for the organization to...More



Story from Jean Claude Munyemana

My name is Jean Claude Munyemana. I am 30 years old and I live in the Rulindo district. I live alone in a small house left to me by my parents. I was born with only partial ability to speak and did not have a chance...More


UWINEZA Francine lives in Rubavu district, Mbugangari sector, she is a director of health in Rubavu district, before being trained on disability-friendly planning and she did not know how to integrate PWDs into the...More

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