YoSpace is back again after a two month break. The project started officially last week with a Peer Educators’ training of young people from the implementation districts of Bushenyi and Kabarole.
YoSpace Peer Educators during one of the training sessions at KIU-Western campus.
The 3-day resident training highly engaged the peer educators in interpersonal communication skills, family planning, HIV/AIDS and other STIs as well as monitoring and evaluation. All these were done with the help of facilitators from PSI (Population Services International)-Uganda, Kampala International University – Western Campus, who were kind enough to host the training and of course from Public Health Ambassadors Uganda.
KIU-Western Campus the venue for the YoSpace Peer Education Training in Bushenyi District.
Prof. Sebuufu Robinson, KIU’s Executive Director officially opened the training. Sebuufu who is also the University’s Dean of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry and a medical doctor by profession spoke so candidly about the challenge of unsafe abortions in his early days as a doctor. “When I was starting out as a doctor the sight of young women dying from unsafe abortions was always very disturbing,” he said “It’s good now that you’re teaching these young people about this subject.” He added on.
Prof. Sebuufu Robinson KIU’s Executive Director officially opened the training.
The Peer Educators that attended the training were very happy with the skills they attained and the entire training experience altogether. “What I like about this program is that it focuses on the youth who are facing these problems.” Said Kemigisha Rahil, a peer educator who is also a medical student at KIU. Rosemary Acipa from Kabarole district said the training helped her acquire skills on family planning that she did not have. “I had myths and misconceptions about family planning that I believed to be true not until I attended this workshop.” Said Acipa.
A light moment during of the YoSpace Peer Educators’ training.
The YoSpace project is going to be in Bushenyi and Kabarole districts for the next three months. With the generous financial support from PSI-Uganda, Public Health Ambassadors Uganda has successfully implemented the project in Luwero, Jinja, Hoima and Masindi and still going strong. The project is premised on an objective to create demand and utilization of sexual and reproductive health rights and services among young women (15-24years) with a focus on long term family planning services at Profam clinics that offer youth friendly health services.