Despite the challenges we have in the country there was great turn out for the first ever budgetary framework on the SRHR that took place yesterday at Imperial Royal Hotel, Kampala.
The event generated thought provoking discussion between the government official, Activists and Advocates.
Joy Asasira the Human rights activist opened the panel by highlighting the significant funding gap for Sexual Reproductive, Maternal and Adolescent Health in Uganda.
Princess Bayoga Monica from Bunyoro kingdom, underlined that financing for sexual and reproductive health and rights is critical to meet the needs of women and young people in the Uganda, yet despite this funding for SRHR is still insufficient.
She highlighted that although African countries agreed in 2001 in Abuja to allocate 15% of their annual budget to health but there is no change, the government has done nothing and the budget is so politicized.
The princess Bayoga highlighted that we still have an opportunity, now that sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights are included in the Ministry of education and sports framework.
To invest in sexual and reproductive health is key because young people be in position to make better choices.
The kingdom is open for everyone and ready to work with young people. It is a priority for me to spread Sexual Reproductive Health and rights information and make them widely available in order to reap a demographic dividend in the country, Princess Bayoga said.
As the kingdom advocates, have a vision for all women and young people to have choice and to increase use of modern contraception.
However there are some major bottlenecks to achieving progress in the country including the human resources and public financing for health.
Panelists explained that the country’s health budget has increased but not to the standard.
Child marriage, Teenage Pregnancy, HIV/AIDs rate among young people is alarming and that’s why we have to continue disseminating the Sexual reproductive Health till we reduce on the percentages of these issues.
During the question and answer session, there were questions about maximizing Youth friend corners for young people, cultural and religious leaders to start engaging young people on sexual topics and police to help and arrest the child marriage culprit.
Dennis Jjuuko from CEHURD closed the conference by reiterating the importance of keeping sexual and reproductive health on the financing agenda and provide sustainable funding to reach the most marginalized groups.