Transgender Advocate Appointed to Uganda’s Global Fund Board

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Renowned LGBTQI+ advocate Apako Williams has been elected as a board member of the Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund, a worldwide partnership aimed at combating HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.

The Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism (UCCM), established by the Global Fund, oversees the utilization of Global Fund resources in Uganda, adhering to principles of national ownership and participatory decision-making. Comprised of representatives from various sectors including government, civil society, academia, and UN agencies, the UCCM is responsible for coordinating proposals, selecting recipients, and overseeing fund utilization.

Apako will represent “Key Populations” on the board, which includes marginalized communities disproportionately affected by diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, such as transgender individuals, sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs.

According to the Global Fund website, Apako Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of Tranz Network Uganda (TNU), advocating for the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming persons in Uganda. With a background in Social Works and Social Sciences, Apako brings expertise in project planning and management, along with ongoing education in Diplomacy and International Relations.

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Apako’s extensive experience includes roles in various committees and boards, contributing to initiatives addressing gender and sexual diversity, public health, and human rights.

Apako’s election has been celebrated by Uganda’s LGBTQI+ community, with supporters recognizing his dedication and capability for the position.

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