Reach a Hand Uganda has organized the first of its kind Intergenerational Dialogue today 13th September 2014 at the NWSC Resource Center in Bugolobi. This activity is in line with the commemoration of the World Sexuality Day.
The dialogue focuses on issues of young people’s access to age appropriates and correct Sexuality Education and access to youth friendly sexual reproductive health services.
There is a big gap between parents and their children in discussion relating to sexuality education and sexual reproductive health services. Parents have abandoned their role of engaging their children on issues of sexuality. But sexuality is real and very importantly, issues of sexuality are natural and mean a lot in the day today and future of young people.
Young people are sexuality active and cases of early sexual initiation are high among young people especially young girls below 18 years. Sexual activity has big effects to the lives of young people if not well guided especially at an early age.
The decisions that young people make in these seminal years determine a lot in their future and day today life.
For young people to make the best out of their youthful age, there is need for increased investment in the health and livelihood of young people by;
1.) Young people should be provided with easy access to youth friendly sexual reproductive health services that are confidential and provided by a trained health service provider.
1.) HIV/AIDS counseling and testing
2.) STI treatment and management
3.) Family planning services and information (contraceptives use )
4.) Antenatal and maternal and child health services
5.) cervical and breast cancer screening
6.) postnatal care including (post abortion care services)
Very importantly however is that these services must provided in a youth friendly and attractive environment with a lot of confidentiality and positive attitude. They also should be widespread and accessible to all young people.
2.) Young people too, need access to age appropriate sexual reproductive health information ” Comprehensive Sexuality Education”. This should be included in the school education curriculum.
The theme for the dialogue Is ”Strengthening Effective and Meaningful involvement of young people in Sexual Reproductive Health.”
The chief guest and some of panelist for the the dialogue include;
Minister of State (Primary Health Care) Honourable Sarah Opendi Aceng
Jackson Chekweko, Executive Director, Reproductive Health Uganda
Dr. Deepmala Mahla, Country Director, Marie Stopes Uganda
Hon. Sylvia Namabide, Member of Parliament and Chairperson National Executive Committee, Reproductive Health Uganda
Nargis Shiraz, co-founder of Wo-man Foundation and Women Deliver Youth Leader
Kityo Vivian Wakisa, Founder Wakisa Ministries
Rev. Rukundo M. Richard, Coordinator Children and Youth Affairs at Church of Uganda
GNL Zamba, Uganda HipHop Musician
Atuhaire Godfrey, 2010 Overall Young Achiever
Acheing Monica, RAHU Peer Educator and Head Girl Makerere College School
Marea Muyonjo Alice, Peer Educator, Reproductive Health Uganda
Jacqueline Alesi Living openly with HIV
SSekalegga Edward, Headteacher – Kiwoko SS