Health outcomes of adolescents are overwhelmingly negative as evidenced by the statistic

In Uganda today, health outcomes of adolescents and young people are overwhelmingly negative as evidenced by statistics; 25% teenage pregnancy rate, HIV  prevalence among young people at 3.7%, approximately 20% of adolescents 15-19 years have reported STIs

In the teenage years when they are initiated into adolescence, they are confused with a mix up of hormones invading their bodies. Various body changes, menstruation among girls, wet dreams among boys, growth of pubic hair, growth of breasts, and many more

Most young people seek information from their peers who may misguide them, others go-ahead to use social media and the internet where they find unfiltered information which may be misleading hence uninformed decisions. This is an ideal time for them to receive information on how to control themselves and live with these changes

The COVID 19 pandemic came with consequences such as closing schools and staying home which implies that most young people are spending a lot of time at home watching televisions and movies. This points out an opportunity to initiate sexuality education into their newfound hobby as the information is urgently needed

The information on sexuality education being aired on TV can also reach to parents, guardians, elder siblings who learn from it and pass it on to the adolescents who need it the most. This information from the TV series is also broadcasted on social media platforms where young people spend most of their time catching up with the latest updates

This implies that they are getting information about their sexual reproductive health which will help them, in the long run, to make informed decisions and avoid negative outcomes such as unwanted pregnancies, the transmission of HIV and other STIs, gender-based violence among others. They are also made aware of the authentic sources of information and services on sexual reproductive health which they can use and inform their fellows to use

In the long run, more young people and their guardians will be reached with a rich resource of information about their sexuality

Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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