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 health policies, and budgetary allocation.

Member Organizations include : 1. Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) ; 2. Association Générale des Personnes Handicapées au Rwanda (AGHR) ; 3. Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB) ; 4. UWEZO (Union of Youth with disabilities) ; 5. Collectif Tubakunde ; 6. Abadahigwa Blind Veterans 7. Organization of Landmine Survivors of Rwanda (OLSAR) ; 8. Troupes des Personnes Handicapées Twuzazanye (THT) ; 9. Rwanda Union of little People (RULP) ; 10. Rwanda National Association of Deaf women (RNADW) ; 11. Stroke Survivors Action (SSA) ; 12. Hope for Single mother with Disabilities (HSMD) and 13. Organization of women with Disabilities on Health and Development (OWDHD).

  • 4 January: World Braille Day
  • 8 February: International Epilepsy Day*
  • 21 March: World Down Syndrome Day
  • 2 April: World Autism Awareness Day
  • 13 June: International Albinism Awareness Day
  • 25 June: World Vitiligo Day*
  • 19-25 September: International Week of the Deaf*
  • 28 September: International Day for the Universal Access to Information
  • 5 October: World Habitat Day
  • 8 October: World Sight Day*
  • 10 October: World Mental Health Day
  • 17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • 29 October: World Psoriasis Day*
  • 31 October: World Cities Day
  • 3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 10 December: Human Rights Day