WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING

Sexual and reproductive health awareness campaign:
In Uganda, young people initiate sexual activities very early in life (at 16.7 years for girls and 18.8 years for boys according to Uganda national health surveys 2010). As a grass root based organization, we conduct community based outreach programmes to sensitize and dialogue with youth in order to create awareness for informed decision making on Sexual and reproductive Health (SRH). We sensitize upper primary and secondary school youth on the importance of responsible behaviour and the associated dangers of reckless life at an early age including the high risks of contracting Sexually transmitted Diseases such as HIV and AIDS, early and unwanted pregnancies, drop out of school and or family rejection due to irresponsible behaviour. Generally, we teach youth the associated dangers from emerging adolescent age. Our focus is also given to young adults who are living with HIV and have reached adolescent age bracket.

Promoting School Hygiene and Sanitation:
Through the financial support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), COF-UGANDA is implementing ‘Supporting School Hygiene and Sanitation Practices through School Health Clubs and Committees in Soroti Sub County. This project runs from 30th March to 15th September 2015. This Six Months program targets school going age pupils to promote good hygiene and sanitation practices in primary schools of Soroti Sub County in Soroti district in Eastern Uganda. The purpose is ‘to improve hygiene and sanitation practices among school pupils through establishing and functionalizing School health clubs and committees. Beneficiary schools receive training, hygiene and sanitation kits and take part in village sensitizations of the neighbouring communities to encourage continued good hygiene and sanitation practices.

Training of Adolescent School girls in menstrual hygiene management:
Menstruation is an integral and normal part of human life, indeed of human existence, and menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls and an important part of the basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health services to which every woman and girl has a right. Therefore as a basic human right, most of these women and girls will menstruate each month for between two and seven days. However, cultural taboos and practices tend to isolate women and girls from other community members during this time and also make them to be treated differently with disrepute/disrespect, causing stigma and Isolation; this kind of treatment and perception is responsible for increased girl child school dropout rates. COF-Uganda is conducting training for targeted school teachers and girls to widen knowledge and understanding on menstrual hygiene management. The trainings involve the making and using of locally produced reusable sanitary pads, sensitization on girls‘needs and general care during menstrual periods. The school teachers are given lead role since they act both parental and teaching responsibilities at schools and create the first point of contact with pupils most of the time. Girls are also selected to take part since they will have an upper hand in educating their fellow peers who may not be present during the trainings especially when they go back home either during holidays or after classes.
These programmes have particularly demonstrated significant achievements in terms of short term provision of basic hygiene necessities; build knowledge base on improved hygiene and sanitation to change attitudes of pupils as future practitioners and leaders.

Contact Us

COMMUNITY FOCUS UGANDA SOROTI
HEAD OFFICE
P.O.BOX 549
Email: cofuganda@gmail.com
Web: www.cof-ug.org
Contact: +256774772744
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