Under the auspices of Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian government has established four projects in Uganda targeted at promoting the health and rights of women and girls.
Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with its partners CARE Canada, ADRA Canada, Oxfam Canada, and Right to Play International, is funding the projects, which are all part of the National Development Plan III (NDP), which aims to improve Uganda’s population’s quality of life by leveraging the Demographic Dividend (DD).
Dr. Jessica Nsungwa, the Minister of Health’s Commissioner in Charge of Reproductive Health, spoke at the event and praised the Canadian government for its dedication to sexual reproductive health, adolescent rights and skills, gender equality, and other issues.
“In Uganda, young people confront a variety of sexual and reproductive health concerns. “The GAC-funded projects will aid in the investigation of factors related to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health issues, such as sexual behavior, sexual education, and access to contraceptive services; family planning; STD prevention; sexual consent as a right; gender-based violence; and HIV testing, counselling, disclosure, and support,” Nsungwa explained.
She then announced two new projects: Sexual and reproductive health and economic empowerment, as well as the Supporting Out of School Adolescent Girls’ Rights and Skills project, which will be executed by CARE Uganda and Restless Development.
The initiatives are designed to raise health-related rights awareness among very vulnerable and marginalized women and girls, especially out-of-school adolescent girls aged 10 to 19.
To ensure that adolescents have access to sexual reproductive health information and services, the initiative will provide educators and health care providers with training and assistance.
The joint launch, according to Apollo B. Gabazira, CARE International’s Country Director, aims to improve collaboration among partners working in Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and amplify partners’ voices to achieve greater impact as they advocate for increased access to SRH information and services for young people.
He urged the government and partners to support ASRH indicators by addressing negative social norms that affect ASRH, such as strengthening policy action against child, early, and forced marriage, and filling policy gaps in relation to adolescent access to sexual reproductive health information and services.
ADRA will implement the project Uniting for Gender Equality for Women and Girls’ Total Health and Rights, which aims to raise awareness of health-related rights for vulnerable people, particularly those facing intersectional oppression due to gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.
Individuals and communities will be empowered to advocate for better sexual and reproductive health services and policies, and young people will be educated and encouraged to engage with their communities and governments to have their views heard.
Frank Kiggundu, ADRA Uganda’s Acting Country Director, praised Global Affairs and ADRA Canada for choosing ADRA Uganda as a trusted partner to make a positive difference in the lives of the thousands of people who will benefit from the initiative.
Right to Play’s Sexual Health and Reproductive Education project aims to raise health-related human rights awareness among the most vulnerable people, particularly adolescent girls and young women, both in and out of school, aged 10 to 24 years. their respective nations
The five-year initiative will be conducted in Adjumani and Buyende, according to Sylvia Hope Masika, Programme Manager of Right to Play.
“The initiative will support sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent youth, particularly girls and young women, using a gender-transformative and rights-based approach,” he added.
The Oxfam-led Stand Up for Adolescent Girls and Young Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights project aims to improve SRHR for the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24, including those with intersecting vulnerabilities due to sexual or gender orientation, or their status as refugees or internally displaced people.
At the local, national, and regional levels, the project will increase capacity for SRHR advocacy.
“All stakeholders are urged to support the project’s execution since we can accomplish a lot as a team to address SRHR concerns affecting women and girls at all levels, including the home, community, national, and global levels,” the statement stated. Oxfam’s Country Director, Francis Odokorach.
In 2021, Canada announced funding for 11 projects with Canadian health partners around the world for a period of 5 to 7 years to support SRHR projects specifically focusing on vulnerable groups, such as women and girls, in and out of school adolescents, and those facing intersectional oppression due to gender or sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or indigeneity.
At the community, health facility, and system levels, the projects will assist increase the quality of, access to, and demand for integrated health services and information for women, adolescents, and children.