The Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) is an indigenous Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in July 2003 to mobilize health professionals and health consumers to address issues of human rights as they relate to health, with a specific focus on HIV/AIDS.AGHA brings together doctors, nurses and other professionals with NGOs interested in promoting human rights in the health sector to create local and national networks dedicated to health advocacy.
AGHA currently operates in four districts: Rakai, Tororo, Mbarara, and Kampala where the secretariat is based, and is managed by a core team of seven staff: the Executive Director, Programme Coordinator (Advocacy), Programme Coordinator (Administration and Training), Programme Officer (Networking), International Fellow, Accounts Assistant and an Administrative Assistant.
AGHA’s mission is: “To raise the awareness of all health care providers and the communities they serve in Uganda about the human rights aspects in health with emphasis on HIV/AIDS.”
The organisation’s vision is to have: “a world of total justice devoid of discrimination based on colour, ethnicity, religion or any other affiliation and free of HIV/AIDS and its disastrous effects.”
AGHA fulfils its organizational goals through four interconnected objectives:
- Training and educating health providers and the communities they serve on global health advocacy and the relationship between health and human rights;
- Conducting advocacy and media publicity for observation of human rights;
- Researching aspects of human rights violations that impair health;
- Networking and collaborating with other human rights organizations to advocate for human rights-based health policies and programs.
The organisation’s core values are:
- respect and value the sanctity of human life and dignity
- respect and value individual and community values
- belief that everyone has fundamental health rights and must have the opportunity to improve his or her quality of life.
- belief in the power of community to be better if unimpeded by disease and poverty towards achieving all aspects of health and human rights.
- belief in collaborative ways of working and strong transparent partnership.