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WE SHOULD LEARN THE FEELINGS OF EACH GENERATION- REVEREND GIDEON BYAMUGISHA

Reverend Gideon Byamugisha joins a panel discussion at the IGD

Recently, Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) joined a horde of stakeholders for the intergenerational dialogue under the theme; Expanding Possibilities: Lifestyle, Innovation and Power. The Intergenerational Dialogue (IGD), an annual one-day high-level advocacy platform looks to fosters structured conversations on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues affecting adolescents and young people in Uganda.

Hosted by Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) in collaboration with other partners like RHU, IT brought together young people, government officials (ministry technocrats), policymakers, leaders (opinion, religious, cultural and political leaders) development partners, media and civil society among others to deliberate on a range SRHR issues, policies and campaigns. We thought therefore, for purposes of continued discussion, we would highlight some of the conversations that stood out, starting with the Question and Answer session we had with Reverend Gideon Byamugisha. (more…)

WHY WOULD GIRLS LEARN ABOUT CANADIAN PRAIRIES AND NOT ABOUT THEIR BODIES- RAYMOND MUJUNI

Raymond Mujuni
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Re-known NBS investigative journalist, Raymond Mujuni joined a panel discussion in the just concluded Intergenerational Dialogue. We decided to not just pay attention but bring you some of the highlights from his panel discussion. (more…)

WHEN THE YOUNG PEOPLE MET AND DIALOGUED

It might have been a dump morning that morphed into a drizzly day, but it didn’t define the RHU-organised Inter-University Dialogue that happened over the weekend at Makerere University. Over one thousand students from a host of different institutions around the country thronged the Freedom Square in what would be an intense dialogue into sexuality, culture and religion. (more…)

THE INTER UNIVERSITY DIALOGUE (IUD) ON SEXUALITY EDUCATION

 

What we are up to!

We are dreaming of a Uganda where everyone’s SRHR are fulfilled and protected without discrimination! Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) established in 1957, is continuing to champion, provide and enable universal access to rights based SRHR information and services to vulnerable and undeserved communities especially young people (15-30 Years).

As a Member Association of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPPF), the world largest SRHR organisation, RHU continues to advocate, accelerate access to priority integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health services amidst complementing government efforts to increase access to SRHR services and information.

What is the IUD?

Targeting over 1000 state and non-state actors in higher institutions of learning, the Inter University Dialogue (IUD) is an annual one-day Uganda National interactive Sexuality advocacy platform that brings together students, top academia, cultural, religious leaders, health professionals, media and policy makers in higher institutions of learning directly for a Sexual Health conversation in pursuit of safer spaces for all students.

#IUDUg19 aspires to promote Sexual health as a fundamental human right to all people without discrimination. It is tailored to move with the rest of the world to commemorate the World Sexual Health Day.

Our theme:

The #IUDug19 will be held under the theme “The Role of Culture and Religion in Promoting Better Sexual Health Outcomes.”

We also hope that the #IUDUg19 will increase awareness on the role of culture and religion in shaping positive discussions on Sexuality Education in Uganda today, be a listening and learning avenue for policy makers at different levels to Young people’s life experiences which can shape and promote responsive policies for addressing better health outcomes. We want to empower young people to progressively participate and share opinions regarding policy development and performance in Uganda will be realised

How do i register?

Click link to register for free Here

I had a vasectomy and I am doing just fine- RDC Koboko

Reproductive Health Uganda recently had a brief chat with the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Koboko District, Yahaya Kawooya, about his decision to have a vasectomy. Mr Kawooya, also a male cahampion of family planning had this to say:

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Why Contraceptives?

Every 26th of September is World contraception day. The theme this year is ”The power of options ”. There’s 7 billion of us on this planet and the population just keeps growing. Babies are awesome. They have cute beady eyes, infectious smiles, that baby talk we love but don’t understand, the adorable outfits for the gram… and when they grow up you can send them to fetch the remote. It’s all too precious. But we can’t keep popping them out like there’s free resources just lying around. As awesome as babies can be, do not get entrapped by the peer pressure from friends or family to have as many than you can feed!

How long till you pop out the next kid?

It all depends on the couple’s plan. Some babies are oops babies. Precious nonetheless. A newborn can take over your life. So try to think about whether you and your partner have the time and energy a baby requires. And ask yourselves whether your other children are ready to deal with the reality of a baby in the home. Studies suggest that getting pregnant within 18 months after your first child is born can make it more likely that your second child will be born early, underweight, or smaller than usual. So…. you might want to wait for at least 24 months.

What Can I get on?

What works for your unique body and lifestyle won’t necessarily work for someone else. There’s no “perfect” one, but there is probably one out there that’s perfect for you. And what works for you now might not work for you in 10 years. Mum and dad need to work this out together. Talk to your doctor. Based on your age, lifestyle and medical conditions, they’ll let you know what works best. Our professional doctors at all our branches country wide are happy to take you through a range of options that might work to you! Click here to reach out!

Short Term Options??

  • Contraceptive injection (renewed every eight weeks or every 12 weeks, depending on the type)
  • Combined pill (taken every day for three weeks out of every month)
  • Progesterone-only pill (taken every day)
  • Contraceptive patch (renewed each week for three weeks in every month)
  • Condoms
  • Rhythm method

Long term options?

  • Vasectomy
  • Tubal Ligation
  • IUD

 

Religious leaders caution on giving birth too early, too soon and too often

IRC was well represented

 

In the third and just concluded National Family Planning Conference held at Munyonyo, the religious leaders’ presence was hard to miss. It was how further in they leaned towards accepting family planning as a tool for achieving development that stood for us as Reproductive Health Uganda. Speaking on behalf of the Archbishop-elect, Samuel Stephen Kaziimba, Sheikh Ali Waiswa, Deputy Mufti, Uganda religious leaders’ council, re-affirmed this commitment. (more…)

We are hiring

We are looking for highly skilled,experienced and motivated people to fill in the positions of Service Provider (2) and Laboratory technicians (3)

Who we are

Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) is a Member Association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and its core mandate is to champion, provide and enable universal access to rights based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services to vulnerable and underserved communities and to young people.  The role of the engagement with RHU and its partners is to ensure that SRHR are respected, protected and fulfilled as a goal in itself, and as a fundamental means to gender equality, human well-being and sustainable development.

RHU is part of IPPF’s leadership in this global effort within the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) to action (WISH2ACTION) consortium to reach young, poor and hard to reach women and men with integrated family planning services through a results-based contract with Department for International Development (DFID). RHU is to implement the (WISH) project in six sub-regions of Kampala Metropolitan, Busoga, Bukedi, Bugisu (Elgon), Lango and Acholi for a period of three (3) years, from September 2018 up to August 2021.

How to apply

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join Reproductive Health Uganda should submit by post or hand-deliver their application letters and attach certified copies of academic transcripts, a detailed Curriculum Vitae and other relevant documents as well the contact addresses (e-mail) of 3 referees including their telephone contacts to:

The Executive Director, Reproductive Health Uganda, P.O. Box 10746 Kampala

Or hand-deliver at: RHU Head Office, Plot 2, Katego Road, Kamwokya (Opposite Uganda Museum)

Closing Date:  18th October, 2019. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

NB:  Female applicants are encouraged to apply

 

RHU wins the 2018 Financial Reporting (FiRe) Awards

Financial Reporting Awards promote best practices in financial reporting complying with international financial reporting standards as prescribed by https://www.icpau.co.ug/fireawards/

We are proud to have emerged winners for the National Non-Government Organizations Category for the year 2018

Check out our winning 2017 Annual Corporate Report  https://bit.ly/2FsKx9N

 

Framework to monitor and track family planning supplies launched

In June, Kapchorwa district council approved a framework developed entirely by local community stakeholders to monitor and track family planning supplies to the last mile. The first of its kind, the plan does not require funding and involves all stakeholders in the commodity supply chain to ensure that each one safeguards access to family planning and reproductive health commodities.

Ministry of Health reports incidents of stock-out—many service delivery points go without receiving commodities for as long as six months. Meanwhile, some facilities face stock accumulation, which leads to commodities expiring before making it to users. These issues speak to delivery inefficiencies in the supply chain rather than a lack of commodities in the country.

Through the Opportunity Fund, with support from Advance Family Planning (AFP), Reproductive Health Uganda consulted Access Global Ltd and community members in Kapchorwa district to develop community-based strategies to address the supply chain bottlenecks. The Opportunity Fund, administered by PAI with the support of AFP, is a funding mechanism enabling advocates to seize opportunities to strengthen Family Planning 2020 commitments and their implementation at the local, national, and regional level.

In December 2017, RHU and Access Global Ltd facilitated training sessions on social accountability and health rights using the CARE International Community Score Card—a guide that empowers communities to participate in providing essential information and constructive feedback. Fifteen select community members attended: representatives from the village health team, women, youth, and health unit management committees. As active members of community, all participants in turn mobilized their networks and engaged duty bearers.

The trained community members and Access Global Ltd conducted key informant interviews and community dialogues and researched archival records to collect detailed data on stock-outs, accumulations, and expiries; key bottlenecks in the supply chain; and power centers in private and public health facilities.

After months of research, in April 2018, RHU and Access Global facilitated a workshop to discuss the findings with the trained community members and partners from the district family planning advocacy working group. Based on the data, they developed a framework for the district to track and monitor supplies. The framework includes:

  • conducting monthly drug monitoring reports for district health offices,
  • integrating family planning into an existing supervision tool, and
  • including community feedback on contraceptives and services into reports by village health teams and implementing partners.

Between April and June, the advocacy team presented their outputs to the district health team, the social services committee, and the district executive committees—all of whom endorsed the ask for the local government to adopt and approve the community-led oversight framework.  In June, the secretary for social services presented it to the Kapchorwa district council. With the endorsement of key committees, the strategies were approved by the council with no objections.

Going forward, RHU will continue working with the district health office on roll-out. They are documenting the process with the aim of replicating in other districts.

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