A group of over 60 youths have been empowered with knowledge on sexual and reproductive rights, in a three day peer education training conducted by Public Health Ambassadors Uganda in Kiboga district. The training attracted youths from Hoima and Kiboga districts who were trained in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights like the different family planning methods and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
They were exposed to highly engaging training methods like participatory learning whereby they were given working groups that would execute a given task and delegate one of their members to present to the rest of the class. Since these young men and women are supposed to pass on the knowledge they acquired to their peers in the communities where they live, they were also equipped with skills in effective communication like public speaking, people skills, dealing with conflict, building rapport with their clients among others.
A couple of youths who attended the training gave testimonies on the amazing discoveries that the training had exposed them to. Most of them had never seen a female condom and the description on how it is used as a protective and birth control measure was particularly interesting.
This training was conducted under the auspices of the YOSPACE campaign that empowers youths with the above knowledge which in turn are expected to pass it on to their peers in the communities where they live. This will go on for three months and will be closely monitored and evaluated to ensure its success.
YOSPACE is aimed at increasing access to and demand for affordable, high quality birth spacing services through a network of private healthcare providers who offer counseling as well as Long Term Family Planning Methods specifically, IUDs and implants among young women and girls (15 to 24 years) in selected districts.
PHAU will reach out to 40,000 young girls and women with accurate information on SRH including Post Abortion Care (PAC), harm reduction and Family Planning. 12,000 young girls and women will be directly referred to the selected Profam sites; Ann Mary Maternity Center, Azur H/C IV, Kabalega Medical Center, Destiny Medical Center, Shalom Medical Center, Gloria Medical Center in Hoima District, and St. Charles Domiciliary Clinic, Ndibula Domiciliary Clinic and St. Peters Domiciliary Clinic in Kiboga District respectively.