The IGD has over the years played a significant role in bridging the gap between the young and the older generation on contemporary SRHR and gender equality issues. Additionally, the IGD will provide a platform for policymakers to interface with representatives of young people from across the continent to hear and understand the valid opinions and experiences around SRHR and gender equality. While health and social care systems are crucial for older people and young people, numerous determinants of healthy living lie beyond the health system. This is positive for younger people’s health and helps to ensure that when they, too, transition to older age, they do so from a stronger base. Intergenerational practices provide a setting that can help to relieve isolation and involve all people in community activities, contributing to improved general health and wellbeing and a population that is fully equipped to demand for their rights.
The IGD 2023 will be launched with a hybrid event, a week before the IGD. The launch will be a rallying call for those who have not yet registered for the event to do so. However, other participants, especially those at international and regional level will participate on a host of other virtual platforms including on the IGD website and youtube. A press conference will be held during the launch to popularize the IGD and its aim.
Uganda’s sexual reproductive health reality leaves many young people to their own devices given the restrictive policy and legal environment; high on the list is the lack of timely and accurate information on SRHR which has worsened critical health indicators including teenage pregnancies, maternal mortality and the spread of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.
- 1 * The Effects of a Very Young Age Structure in Uganda - Population Action International
- 2 * Family Planning -Costed Implementation Plan 2015-2020 (FP-CIP)
- 3 * IBID
- 4 * IBID
Privacy and confidentiality are key to health care management and can impact on health seeking behaviour for adolescents and young people, especially around Sexual reproductive health, an opportunity that self care offers. In addition, COVID 19 and the limitations associated with access to services saw a growing need for self care in the comfort of their homes, especially around modern contraception
Uganda is experiencing significant sexual and reproductive health challenges such as high cases of teenage pregnancy, early marriages, HIV and gender-based violence in schools, hence increasingly threatening the right and access to education by affecting supply, demand and quality of education in the Education Sector.
The IGD vision embodies several aspects, perceived or otherwise, which affect young people's Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in Uganda.
Lifestyle - a broad conversation about lifestyle damaging to SRHR issues without ignoring the role of the various agents of socialisation, including the family, the state, religion, education, culture.
Innovation - devising winning strategies backed by evidence-based best practices to better the SRHR realities of young people that reflect the trend in young people’s space.
Power - exploring the responsibility of the various stakeholders along the SRHR spectrum as key pieces in improving the sexual reproductive health for young people.