The programme takes a multi-component approach, working simultaneously on ensuring sexuality education, youth-friendly services and building a supportive environment.
Aidsfonds focuses its activities in Uganda specifically with self-organisations of (young) people living with HIV. Through these partners, Aidsfonds aims to ensure that the rights and need of people living with HIV are fully integrated in sexuality education, health services and sexual and reproductive health policies.
The Get Up Speak Out Theory of Change (ToC) builds on the successes and experience from ASK and UFBR. Our unique added value is our ability to address the multitude of factors and actors influencing young people’s SRHR using a multi-component approach. Using our individual and joint expertise, we can successfully link (i) provision of sexuality education and information, (ii) provision of quality, youth-friendly SRH services and (iii) building support for youth SRHR, by addressing socio-cultural and political barriers in terms of practices, norms and policies.
The final beneficiaries of the project are young people.
In the project in Uganda, 5368 young people (incl. peer educators and beneficiaries) will be trained in advocacy, 1900 peer educators will be trained, 420,000 young people will be reached with (comprehensive) information and education, over 6 million people will be reached by campaigns and (social) media, and over 250,000 services will be provided to young people.
The programme aims to improve the poor sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people by strengthening civil society organisations to effectively address young people’s rights and needs. Meaningful youth participation is a key strategy to make sure the voice of young people is heard.
In Uganda young people face high risks for sexual and reproductive health problems and rights violations. Young people, including young people living with HIV, lack access to sexuality information and services and policies are often not well aligned to the reality of young people.
The consortium of partners has built a strong base of partner organisations in the countries of interventions. The next 5 years will focus on further strengthening these country alliances to effectively and sustainably address young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.