UGANDA – The 5th Inter-Generational Dialogue

“22 year old Akwero Stella, got pregnant, was forced to drop out of school, and was rejected by her family. Stella was only 17. Like Stella, young people continue to have their dreams crushed. They face a lot of SRH challenges like early/teenage pregnancies, STIs and a high HIV/AIDS prevalence. Policies such as the National School Health Policy, if passed and implemented, would empower young people especially girls with much-needed SRH information, have been shelved.”

This year’s Inter-Generational Dialogue at Kampala Serena Hotel on 22 October has the theme “Teenage pregnancy and the costs of restricted SRHR information and services for young people.” It is expected to be the biggest ever. Register here. The sessions are as follows:

#LetsTalk”: A holistic approach to early and unintended pregnancy

The issue of early and unintended pregnancy has bedevilled Ugandan society and led to irreversible consequences for girls and women, including school dropouts, maternal mortality, and infant mortality. This session will bring together policy makers, health practitioners, social innovators and civil society to deliberate on this reality and call for urgent policy and programmatic action. It will be led by Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD).

Lifestyle or Unmet Needs? What is the cost of restricted SRHR information and services for young people?

Some SRH challenges today have been attributed to the current lifestyle of young people and are perceived as deserving of the consequences. Is it true? This session will explore holistic approaches to young people’s SRHR issues and will bring together health practitioners, social innovators and civil society to deliberate on practical solutions. We will borrow ideas from similar contexts and look at how these ideas have worked.

The Big Question: Why should the National School Health Policy pass?

This session will attract 50 secondary school administrators/headteachers, district officials and ministry officials to discuss the realities of SRHR in schools and forge ways to provide a conducive policy environment where students’ SRHR challenges and needs can be addressed in a timely and effective manner. Focus will be on the current draft National School Health Policy and will dig deep into how effective this policy will change health education in schools.

SRHR and Uganda’s development reality

This session will link SRHR and the key development goals of Uganda and broader sustainable development goals, e.g. gender equality, educational attainment, and broader health goals environmental sustainability and economic growth. It is geared towards the very heart of the government’s economic development policy agenda and Vision 2040. It will attract policy enthusiasts, policy professionals and young people to deliberate on the future of Uganda through an SRHR lens.

Storytelling: Inter-generational Powerspeak

This session will focus on the entire SRHR environment in Uganda, delivered in a Ted Talk-like style. The speakers and inspirational SRHR enthusiasts will share experiences, innovations & stories relating to SRHR to inspire, impart knowledge and demystify the myths and misconceptions in SRHR.

SOURCE: Reach a Hand Uganda Newsletter, 15 October 2019

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