SUPPORT HEALTH NEEDS OF 1000 ADOLESCENTS IN UGANDA

by Child and Family foundation uganda
SUPPORT HEALTH NEEDS OF 1000 ADOLESCENTS IN UGANDA

Adolescent services were issued to youth 10-24 years. Some of the services offered to the youth included HIV screening and testing. We tested 53 youths both male and female. In addition, 4 youth attending the antenatal were also tested for HIV. One patient accessed prophylaxis exposure prevention for HIV following a blood splash. This youth received treatment to prevent them from contracting HIV disease. A total of three youth received antiretrovirals during this quarter. In addition, screening for malnutrition was done and two youth were assessed.

A total of 8 girls attended antenatal care and one had a normal delivery. Mothers that accessed the first antenatal visit were five and those who had attended at least four visits were only one person.

Family planning is another service sought by our youth.  A total of 27 youths accessed different family planning options including short- and long-term methods.

A success story of youthful mothers identified with children with cerebral palsy. These women were organized into groups for peer support while they look after their children suffering from cerebral palsy. They meet biweekly and learn how to deal with children with various forms of cerebral palsy. These groups have enabled mothers to form their community and also allow them to associate and also participate in rehabilitative services together making their lives easier when shared. We have three groups with youthful parents that have been formed in the Kawempe division. 

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In the last quarter, Child and Family Foundation (CFU) conducted several integrated static and community outreaches at CFU Medical center and in the communities of Kamuli District. During these outreaches the following services were offered: Nutrition assessment of adolescents, Referral/linkage to care of clients with malnutrition and other medical conditions, nutrition education and counseling, and training of caregivers on nutrition assessment using the MUAC tape.  We had planned 24 outreaches, however, we implemented 19. We further screened 281 TB suspects, 290 for HIV,17 screened for BP, 386 screened for disability, and 3 screened for antenatal care.

Health and Nutrition Education and Counseling

Health and nutrition education and counseling sessions were conducted during community and static outreaches. The objective of the training is to sensitize adolescents on optimal MIYCAN practices and support young mothers with breastfeeding difficulties. Various topics were covered during these sessions namely; caring for a malnourished child, how to identify malnutrition, Positioning and attachment during breastfeeding, optimal breastfeeding, complementary feeding, balanced diet, maternal nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding (lactating), when to take a child to the health facility, danger signs of illness and disease, caring and Feeding for a sick, optimal complementary feeding, good hygienic practices, and feeding a sick child, continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond or one year for HIV exposed infants. A total of 815 were screened in the last quarter and received health and nutrition education and counseling. During the community outreaches, clients were screened for other conditions including TB/HIV, gender-based violence (GBV), disability, and hypertension as shown in the figures attached.

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Number of Adolescents reached
Number of Adolescents reached

Child and Family Foundation Uganda (CFU) team is excited to share our quarterly report of supporting the health needs of 1000 adolescents in rural Kamuli Uganda at https://goto.gg/50405with support from GlobalGiving donors and supporters. Your donations have enabled us to conduct a number of activities in the Kamuli district Busoga region, Eastern Uganda.

Integrated outreaches

Different services were offered to the community with the objective to offer free medical assessment, health education, and promotion of sexual gender-based violence prevention.

Child days plus activities

In partnership with local government authorities in the Kamuli district, we were able to implement child day plus activities at Nawansaso Parish. Up to 35 adolescents HPV vaccine to prevent them from acquiring cervical cancer

Adolescent Family Care Groups (AFCGs)

Two AFCGs comprising 15 adolescents each were formed in our communities. These AFCGs have been trained on adolescent health and wellbeing education including but not limited to;

  • Taking iron and folic acid supplements improves adolescent iron status and reduce the risk of anemia
  • Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections (STDs and STIs)
  • Taking care of physical health through regular exercise and getting adequate sleep
  • Observation of personal hygiene e.g., bath regularly, keep your hair and nails short, trimming of pubic hair

Impact of our activities

In Kiganda zone, Kawempe division slum settlements, we met an adolescent mother who was a victim of Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) with a severely malnourished child of six months who could not even sit. Her spouse left the family with a rent bill of 6 months to clear and no job to earn a living. After interventions and with support from GlobalGiving CFU was able to offer nutrition services, rented a house for the mother, and helped her to start up a small-scale business. On follow-up, the baby’s nutrition status had improved after using the ready to use therapeutic feeds (RUTF) and the mother was also linked to a counselor at the facility who was able to give her counseling on SGBV.

We thank everyone for donating to this project since its inception. 

Figure 1. Dr. Ssunna assessing the community in an
Figure 1. Dr. Ssunna assessing the community in an
Figure 2. CFU Medical team reaching the community
Figure 2. CFU Medical team reaching the community
Figure 3. CFU mentoring the DREAMS youth group
Figure 3. CFU mentoring the DREAMS youth group
A Child Parent who suffered gender-based violence
A Child Parent who suffered gender-based violence
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Adolescents attend youth Corner CFU medical center
Adolescents attend youth Corner CFU medical center

Title: Support for the Health Needs of Adolescents in Uganda

A picture showing the youths attending a youth corner, at CFU Medical center, Kamuli, 2021
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown of the country in order to control the spread the of the virus, we are super excited to share what CFU has been up to on supporting the health needs of adolescents in the Kamuli district https://goto.gg/50405. We set up a youth corner within the CFU Kamuli facility, where youth come in every week and discuss health topics that concern them. These discussion topics are identified by the youth with guidance from the CFU staff team. The adolescents received health education and guidance on various topics including menstrual health and hygiene, teenage pregnancy and its associated health risks, how to keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, some youth sought medical support as shown in the graph attached. We reached 86 adolescents and youths during the quarter and were provided with both health education and medical treatments.

We seek donations for our project https://goto.gg/50405 to help raise pads for girls and young women in Kamuli since this was identified as one of the main reasons girls get pregnant. Luck of pads among the girls and women exposes them to several risks including asking young men to support their menstrual hygiene. This goes without saying that the young boys take this as an opportunity to introduce sexual advances and hence abuse and the resultant teenage pregnancy.


Special thanks to our donors across the globe on the GlobalGiving platform without such support, these interventions would not have been possible. Thank you to the CFU team and the adolescents who are up taking our services.

An adolescent at triage during an outreach
An adolescent at triage during an outreach

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Adolescent and Youth Group Discussions
Adolescent and Youth Group Discussions

Child and Family Foundation Uganda (CFU) staff as a team are excited to share this first report of supporting health needs of 1000 adolescents in rural Kamuli Uganda at https://goto.gg/50405with support from GlobalGiving donors and supporters. The donations from GlobalGiving has enabled the CFU Team in Kamuli district Busoga region, Eastern Uganda conduct a needs assessment among 30 adolescents and youths with age from 10 years to 19 years. Busoga region is one of the regions with high levels of teenage pregnancy and school drop-outs in Uganda.

Group discussions with the adolescents and their leaders revealed that nearly half (43%) are in school and struggling to sustain school fees/tuition to remain in school, Young girls are challenged with accessing sanitary pads for menstrual hygiene. Youths who are out of school lack support to earn income or to be occupied with developmental activities. Youths who are involved in income generating activities do work faming with parents, brick making, poultry keeping, chapatti selling, working in a barber kiosk, sanitary pad craft making and hair dressing.

The adolescents and youths requested to be supported with following – counseling and guidance on how to grow and become responsible adults, succeed in education, social entrepreneurship, develop skills to earn a living, avoid early sex and pregnancy. They requested for CFU to set-up a youth center for skilling and development of their crafts including production of sanitary pads and slippers/flippers. Production of sanitary pads will be a source of income and as community contribution to improve access to sanitary hygiene for young girls and women. They requested for start-up capital to start or enhance income generating activities.

During the preparation for the needs assessment and later scale-up of the project activities, CFU administration oriented and trained 9 technical staff, 2 support staff, and 3 youths leaders to support the initial launch of the project activities.

We thank everyone donating towards this project as at inception, we have established the basic needs for adolescents and youth in the community. We are using this information to plan the initial activity interventions, community entry points, identify and train youth leaders and stakeholders to work with.

We are motivated with the GlobalGiving donations and support. Support our project interventions at https://goto.gg/50405to enable us initiate strategic intervention activities to reach the desired targets, follow-up of adolescent girls and boys and youth groups with needed information in health and other social services, income generating skills and activities to reduce school drop-outs, teenage pregnancy and other consequences.

Youth shyfully requesting for start-up capital
Youth shyfully requesting for start-up capital
Youth narrating challenges of life with single mum
Youth narrating challenges of life with single mum
Adolescent describing urgent need for school fees
Adolescent describing urgent need for school fees
Boy narrated droping out of school because of fees
Boy narrated droping out of school because of fees
Girl seeking support for sanitary pads
Girl seeking support for sanitary pads
Youth leader reading a list of summarized needs
Youth leader reading a list of summarized needs
Group photo
Group photo
Group photo of adolescents
Group photo of adolescents

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Child and Family foundation uganda

Location: kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Babikako Harriet
kampala, Kampala Uganda
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