ADOLESCENT SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Universities in Uganda comprise of youth at the peak of adolescence when they get to the university. Exploring their sexuality in an environment that is not very strict on behavior not only exposes them to risks but potentially places them in difficult life choices and decision making positions. At this stage, it is crucial for the student to be in the KNOW (both their status of HIV but also facts about sexuality) The Student Should as well disassociate themselves from Stigma and associated negativity, and as well should be supported to seek and get necessary help from key people and institutions. With the strongest base and membership in the universities that continues to grow by the day. The Students Support and Philanthropy Program ensures that Students get the three core components in innovatively packaged waysOver the years it has come to our notice that the youth in rural areas more than those in urban areas due to ignorance, are more exposed to the dangers of sexual violence, with respect to the other areas. This is what inspired us to set a target to strengthen community based networks that support the implementation of gender and youth sensitive interventions that promote involvement of women, men and youth (including adolescent girls and younger women) in utilisation and delivery of health services.
About SSPP Students for Health coordinating council
The Students Support and Philanthropy Program runs students led and students focused chain of associations in different universities originally known as EUNISCA Uganda, these associations identify the most pressing health and financial need amongst the university students and they solve them in partnership with and regulation from the Students Support and Philanthropy Program. Through membership fees and grants, the program is able to support and promote activities at university level.
The key is to prioritise the sensitisation and safe space for youth friendly services on Reproductive Health and rights and this can be done through training 10000 young people in the Graduates on Contract programme to act as peer educators, youth counsellors and distributors to carry out activities in Luuka, Manafwa, Tororo and Namutumba by the end of 2020. This enables us to tackle the extremely sensitive topic of the existing STDs that adolescents tend to attain at an extremely tender age, through linking communities to health facilities and health structures to increase access to and utilisation of health services. This helps us to strengthen initiatives by health centres such as the Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) clinics every week to increase audience and utilisation of health services. We have also noted that a lot of sexual violence and Gender Based violence goes on and that is why we intend to create safe spaces and Youth centred, youth friendly services on special days such as the Naikondo (borehole) days for to pass on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) related services and (GBV) Gender Based Violence (HIV/AIDS counselling and testing services inclusive) which also enables us to primarily research on the changing issues in the rural areas around gender based violence, sexual reproductive health and rights to induce more effort where need be. This therefore leads us to partner with district health officers and their staff to strengthen their supervisory role in the community which can prevent and control GBV and enable accessibility to the services offered.
We also aim to skill HIV/AIDS infected and affected youth with entrepreneurial skills to encourage and prompt them to be more receptive to positive living and even learn more than they knew before. In relation to the above, we also have the need to advocate for social inclusion in the budget processes for the vulnerable groups in the community and link the SRH programme to the livelihoods programmes in the selected areas. Through forums already existing in strategy one and platforms created, incorporation of activities such as health clinics that happen at least once every week where young people are seen to meet and relate a lot in both rural and urban areas enables us to reach our main focus which is to avail youth friendly services to young people and create a safe space.