The existence of a young population carries challenges along whose overlook could inevitably create a social disaster, with a case study of Uganda that is having 78% of its population as a youth, management of youth threats and challenges ought to be a national priority for the nation is bound to decay upon the decay of the young people. Thus the need to realize that threats and challenges relating to sexual and reproductive health can hardly be skipped in a conversation of challenges and threats faced by young people.
African nurture being that which limited public discussion on sexuality, this with a justification since much of it was considered an indoor conversation in our societies that it was exclusive to paternal aunties, and with regard to the times and setting, one could hardly find the old cultural system of addressing sexuality and reproductive issues amongst young people less effective.
On the contrary, with the change of times and social setting, the global evolution has dismantled the system of paternal aunties addressing sexual issues and in doing so, has left no alternative but the young generation diving into waters with little or no guidance, no support or lesson but tests, exposure and effects. Needless to mention is that COVID-19 and effects like lockdowns and extremely long closure of schools have worsened the challenges and threats relating to sexual and reproductive health. This is proven by the rise of effects like teenage pregnancies, child marriages, unsafe abortions, sexual and gender-based violence and limited to basic SRHR services and information.
Thus, upon realizing such challenges, Reproductive Health Uganda has overtime organized the annual Inter-University Dialogue just as this year where it will be hosted at the International University of East Africa on the 4th of December 2021 with the intent to have an inclusive discussion with young people from various intuitions aiming at scrutinizing the challenges and threats regarding sexual and reproductive health as well as mental health, proceed to suggest workable remedies and further to having young people as agents of change unlike as just passive beneficiaries.
For extensive reach, the dialogue will be a hybrid of engagement, that is to say, there shall both physical attendance and participation at the earlier mentioned venue and as well virtually via zoom including social media engagements like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with use of a hashtag #IUDug21
This as young people and stakeholders bridges the gap in information and suggests remedies to counter the challenges and threats originating or relating to sexual, reproductive and mental health.