Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda

by Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northen Uganda (SCOEN)
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda
Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda

Menstruation is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in a person’s life. Despite its beauty, it is also an experience that is associated with humiliation meant to intimidate people who menstruate across Africa and other parts of the world. 

Menstruation is often criticized or ridiculed by many cultures and societies, which affects women and girls negatively. Gender inequality, extreme poverty, humanitarian crises, deprivation and stigma attached to menstruation have silenced most women, who often face exclusion, neglect, and discrimination while menstruating. 

Menstruation was perceived as dirty or shameful, prohibiting women and girls from discussing their menstrual health. This view contributed to restrictions women and girls faced during their period. At times, these restrictions were even self-imposed as most women and girls were told to fear handling food in the kitchen, participating in school activities, and joining social gatherings while on their period. This enforced the idea that they have less claim to public spaces, and that they were less able to participate in public life. Many women and girls around the world still suffer from menstrual related misconceptions and are encouraged to keep menstruation a secret. Schools, homes, hospitals, churches, mosques, and the media are not doing enough to educate the public about menstruation and ease the challenges that women and girls face. There is an urgency to address menstruation properly. Society will not see an end to teenage pregnancy, school dropouts, high illiteracy rates, or extreme poverty until the world learns to approach menstruation and menstrual health differently. 

In our context in order to empower young girls in rural communities to understand that menstruation is a blessing and a fortunate thing to experience, we teach girls about the reproductive system in general and educates them to understand, own, and manage their menstrual cycle.

Our team conducted a survey to know who mentors the girls during their periods, which sanitary products the girls use during their menstruation, and how they access these sanitary products. 

Most girls stated that their parents do not initiate any communication concerning their period, so they often keep it a secret. Some also said that their parents are not able to afford sanitary pads, so the girls try to earn a little money to pay for the products they need by collecting firewood or engaging in manual labor. Others also said they use handkerchiefs, pieces of cloth, and tissues when they have their periods

The results of the survey clearly highlighted the need for increased access to menstrual hygiene products. SCOEN’s team worked to find a solution for girls to have access to menstrual products. SCOEN provided 200 reusable sanitary pads from Days for Girls to group participants. Provid education and resources on menstrual, sexual, and reproductive health, donated reusable and disposable pads and other materials for club members. 

Today, around 380 girls in the club have access to a reusable sanitary pad that lasts for 3 years. They feel confident to discuss their period, they understand their menstrual cycle, and they have control over it. The girls are very excited and have expressed so much gratitude and appreciation to GlobalGivers like you; thank you for your generosity and support. 

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Dear GlobalGivers,

We are grateful to you, up to date we have $568 raised of $23,680 goal; this has helped us facilitate capacity of 15 Trainers and 25 peer educators in CSE Peer education, and conduct one training of  trainer of trainers Life skills based Comprehensive sexuality education sessions for out of school girls and boys.

There is still need for funds our next activities are:-

Improving access and quality of education for girls in Malawi

  • Build capacity of 100 Trainers and 200 peer educators inComprehensive sexuality education (CSE)Peer education
  • Conduct trainer of trainers Life skills based Comprehensive sexuality education sessions for out of school girls and boys
  • Renovate and rehabilitate youth friendly health services and link schools to youth friendly services (YFHS), GBV prevention and management structures within their communities to promote access to YFHS including HIV counseling and testing, treatment, care and support
  • Train youth friendly service providers (CSE, YFHS, and GBV) in the targeted schools and communities
  • Support school and cluster level debates on life skills and SRH
  • Create demand for YFHS services among young people
  • Procure YFHS recreation and educative for YFHS sites and schools
  • Support Provision of YFHS outreach services for young people, especially adolescent girls

You can help to consolidate reproductive health knowledge among rural communities targeting adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to support demystification of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) myths, misconceptions, increase awareness of SRHR.

Your support is key in solving this problem.Would you consider donating one-time gift of $100 or Monthly gift of $25 to help us to increase awareness of SRHR targeting AGYWs?

Your donation will have an impact on 3200 adolescent girls and young women and will be used to increase awareness of SRHR. Focusing on Family Planning, STIs, antenatal & postnatal services, use of modern contraceptives for dual protection against STIs & unwanted pregnancies among 3200 AGYW.

 

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Thank you for supporting our Improving reproductive health rights in Uganda programme.

We celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day. The theme of the event was ‘to educate, eradicate stigma and end period poverty’. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions and reach as many communities as possible we spread our programme activities and celebrations across the month of May. Participants included men, women, girls and boys. The programme was very interactive and included different activities all geared towards offering education and breaking the silence on menstrual health issues, 131 people attended.

This programme continues throughout the year and the content of our workshops includes 6 sessions – Growth and body changes – learning about puberty; Reproductive health – learning about the menstrual cycle, reproductive health systems and providing a safe space for participants to discuss related issues; Reusable sanitary kits – demonstration of reusable pads and how to make them using locally available materials; Challenges to menstrual health management – challenges faced by women and girls include the expense of buying sanitary towels for families already struggling with finances, lack of emotional support and understanding, lack of access to water, soap, pads, missing out on school and work every month and taboos within families and the communities around menstruation which cause further isolation and lack of support; Bracelet making - the menstruation bracelet is a global symbol for menstruation and a teaching tool with 28 sections made of beads or card to signify the menstrual cycle and Games and Sports – included to break barriers and highlight that periods shouldn’t inhibit women and girls in what they can do during their periods once they have the knowledge and support to manage them.

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With the fresh new lock down being implemented in Uganda, Information on sexual andreproductive health (SRH) is anessential for girls to understandtheir bodies and make informedreproductive choices. However, in rural Teso, the proportion of youthwho have adequate knowledge onsexual and reproductive health(SRH issues) was only at 8 % (PlanInternational Uganda). Themajor challenge is the fact thatsuch matters are considered‘sacred’ or ‘taboo’ and should notbe discussed openly, but rathercommunicated through indirectlanguage or sayings. There is also afear that if SRH information is giventoo early – that is, before marriage –it will ‘spoil’ the girls and incite

them to inappropriate behavior.

 

Innovative programming is needed toaddress the multiple challenges facedby adolescent girls in Uganda. Each ofthese challenges inhibits a girl’sability to stay and excel in school,

make informed and healthy decisions,and realize her full potential. SCOEN’s SRHR Program was created to addressthese issues in a way that empowersand inspires girls to dream big. Thisprogram’s multi-faceted componentshelp to support, educate, and mentorgirls to overcome these challenges aswell as become active agents ofchange.

Girls and young women faced considerable challenges in accessing essential health information and services even before the crisis. Now, amid a pandemic that is straining even the strongest healthcare systems, there is a real risk that sexual and reproductive health and rights will be deprioritised, with devastating consequences.

School closures and lockdown measures are leading to a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence and rates of child marriage, teenage pregnancy and female genital mutilation are predicted to soar. Girls and young women will die because they cannot access vital sexual and reproductive health information and services. 

We know from past epidemics that a lack of access to essential health services due to a shutdown of services can ultimately cause more deaths than the epidemic itself.

You can help to consolidate reproductive health knowledge among rural communities targeting adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to support demystification of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) myths, misconceptions, increase awareness of SRHR.

Your support is key in solving this problem.Would you consider donating one-time gift of $100 or Monthly gift of $25 to help us to increase awareness of SRHR targeting AGYWs?

Your donation will have an impact on 3200 adolescent girls and young women and will be used to increase awareness of SRHR. Focusing on Family Planning, STIs, antenatal & postnatal services, use of modern contraceptives for dual protection against STIs & unwanted pregnancies among 3200 AGYW.

#StaySafe #COVID-19

 

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In the current state of global chaos around the COVID-19 crisis, the impact on girls and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights is not making any headlines. But the reality is that the crisis will have a truly devasting impact on the futures of millions of girls and young women.

“We are staring down the barrel of an extremely serious and widespread health emergency for girls and young women which will have long-term implications for their futures"

“Girls and young women faced considerable challenges in accessing essential health information and services even before the crisis. Now, amid a pandemic that is straining even the strongest healthcare systems, there is a real risk that sexual and reproductive health and rights will be deprioritised, with devastating consequences.

School closures and lockdown measures are leading to a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence and rates of child marriage, teenage pregnancy and female genital mutilation are predicted to soar. Girls and young women will die because they cannot access vital sexual and reproductive health information and services. 

We know from past epidemics that a lack of access to essential health services due to a shutdown of services can ultimately cause more deaths than the epidemic itself.

Girls and young women faced significant barriers in accessing essential sexual and reproductive health information and services before the COVID-19 crisis. Now, amid a pandemic that is straining even the most robust of healthcare systems, there is a real risk that these rights will move even further from reach.  

With lockdown leading to a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence – and rates of child marriage, teenage pregnancy and FGM predicted to increase exponentially – information and services that protect and promote girls’ and young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are more vital than ever.

The project aims to enhance awareness of reproductive health rights, services to adolescent girls & young women to undertake intensive educational activities on the use of modern contraceptives to protect against STIs, unwanted pregnancies among 600 women 2600 in-out of school girls in Arapai sub-county Soroti district  using youth friendly services, Rights Based approach, focus groups, Adult-centered learning, Peer-to-Peer, Outreaches, table talks, Film & Health Education Talks.

Increased access, use of antenatal and postnatal services by 20% & the number of youths receiving SRH services increase by 15% by Dec 2021. Created and strengthened a multi-stakeholder local platform, referral network to advance dissemination of information & access to SRH services by the end of the project. The sustainability is guaranteed as the project will use already existing structures in the communities, build the capacity of the community to sustain the services provided by this project.

You can help to consolidate reproductive health knowledge among rural communities targeting adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to support demystification of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) myths, misconceptions, increase awareness of SRHR.

Your support is key in solving this problem.Would you consider donating one-time gift of $100 or Monthly gift of $25 to help us to increase awareness of SRHR targeting AGYWs?

Your donation will have an impact on 3200 adolescent girls and young women and will be used to increase awareness of SRHR. Focusing on Family Planning, STIs, antenatal & postnatal services, use of modern contraceptives for dual protection against STIs & unwanted pregnancies among 3200 AGYW.

#StaySafe #COVID-19

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Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northen Uganda (SCOEN)

Location: Soroti, Eastern Uganda - Uganda
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Hellen Ijangolet
Soroti, Eastern Uganda Uganda
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