Who We Are

MARPI (Most at Risk populations Initiative) is a legally constituted Private Not For Profit (PNFP) organization registered under the laws of Uganda, registration no: 104041. The organization is affiliated to the National STD control unit- Mulago of the STD/ACP-Ministry of Health and registered as a Non-Governmental Organization-(NGO) under the NGO board.

The organization was founded in 2008, following a realization there risk and the vulnerability of HIV greatly varied from population to population. Some are much more vulnerable to HIV/STIs and others are already have a burden that is disproportionately much greater than others. This remains clearly evidenced in variations in HIV prevalences and in which populations most of the new infection are arising from. A glaring example is that of sex work where HIV prevalence is 35% compared to 7.3% in the general population.

Unfortunately, despite the disproportionate HIV/STIs burden in these populations, focused, targeted interventions/programs for them were scarce and where they existed, lacked scale, intensity and the quality required to create the desired impact. Secondly the existing environment under which to address the root causes pertaining to these populations was extremely unconducive as a result of deeply rooted stigma, discrimination, social exclusion coupled with harsh cultural, political, religious and legal environments. As result, these populations referred to as Key populations (Sex workers, Men who Sex with other men, Transgender people, People who use and Inject drugs and the Incarcerated) and other vulnerable populations in local context (Fishing communities, Long Distance Trucker drivers, and Uniformed forces) missed out on critical interventions for HIV/STI prevention, control, care and treatment. MARPI was then founded with a mission to address existing gaps and reach out to these populations. Over time the organization has evolved to reach out to even other populations including adolescents, young people, women among others because of the ever increasing vulnerabilities in them.

Our Values

MISSION: Universal access to SRH&R/STD/HIV/AIDS interventions and services for Most at Risk, Key and vulnerable populations in Uganda

The reason why the organization was formed was ‚ÄúTo reach out to Most at Risk, Key and vulnerable populations in Uganda‚Ä? with SRH&R/STD/HIV/AIDS interventions and ensure their universal access to services‚Ä?.

VISION: A health population free of HIV/STIs and other negative health outcomes


To contribute towards the universal access of HIV/AIDS prevention care and treatment, STIs and SRH&R interventions among the Most At Risk, Key and Vulnerable Populations.

Core values

Integrity, Non discrimination, Accountability & Transparency, Respect, Team building.

  • P- Professionalism in Performance and Quality
  • I - Innovation and Integrity
  • C- Community Involvement and Creativity
  • T- Team Work
  • U- Unity of Purpose
  • R- Respect for the clients we serve
  • E- Effective Leadership and Empowerment

Since its inception, MARPI has realized important milestones establishing itself into one of the major players among local organizations spearheading focused and tailored friendly interventions for key and vulnerable populations. Our competencies lie in Key and vulnerable populations programs design, implementation, service delivery, community mobilization and advocacy.

Primary beneficiaries:

  • Sex workers
  • People Who Use Drugs- (both the Injecting drug users-IDU and Non-Injecting Drug Users.
  • Young at risk populations: Adolescents/young people involved in transactional sex, urban youth in slums, youth in and out of school, youth in fishing communities, youth using drugs
  • Other Vulnerable populations including refugees and the incarcerated,
  • Secondary beneficiaries:

  • Truckers- Long Distance Trucker Drivers
  • Fisher folk
  • Bodaboda cyclists
  • Uniformed forces
  • Students in tertiary institutions.
  • Women and Children
  • Men missing out on critical interventions