Sexual Reproductive Health Financing is KEY

Sexual Reproductive Health financing is key

Last few months ago, the National Conference on Population and Development summit happened in Kenya and over 20 governments attended; reaffirmed on the commitments that were made in 1994, Cairo and the commitments paved the way for local governments to ensure Sexual Reproductive health and rights for all people are achieved

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 was held under the theme ‘Accelerating the Promise’ and it was aimed at mobilizing the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to finally and fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

The commitments centre termed on achieving zero unmet need for family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.

But in the 25 years since the commitments were made in Cairo 1994, what is the stock of the progress? Are governments working on the commitments? Are they pushing for and investing in the health and rights of all?

During the Nairobi summit, The president of Uganda HE. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni made ambitious commitments that include; universal access to all methods of family planning and reduce the unmet need for family planning, eliminating obstacles that stand in the way of girls empowerment including teenage pregnancies, operationalize the National Sexuality Education framework, improve human capital development and more

Looking at the unsafe abortions, violence against women and girls statistics in Uganda, child marriage, teenage pregnancy and a lot needs to be done but as a country, we still have several bottlenecks that continue to hinder the creation of violence-free society like harmful social norms and cultural practices exercised in some of our communities that continue to undermine women and girls. What’s the government doing on such practices?

Most people still do not understand that not allowing young people especially women to decide on what they want/need violets their rights and it manifests in different shapes

Failure for the government to work on what women want, failure to bring the perpetrators of violence against women and girls to book is dangerous to any society.

The impunity and delay in the prosecution of cases are one of the challenges that Uganda is facing

The society’s stigmatization of violence survivors which bars survivors from reporting promotes a culture of silence and failure to implement the laws and policies on violence against women, for instance, the national strategy on ending child marriage not forgetting the delay of National sexuality Education framework

Uganda to achieve the ICPD needs to first on National sexuality education framework, school health policy, sexual offence bill 2015, and the government needs to inject more money in the Health sector

Having a deeper conversion with Patrick Mwesigye, Youth Advocate said; The government needs to identify the gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights take an enormous toll on individuals, families, communities. Addressing issues affecting adolescents, young people and other sexual and reproductive health needs is fundamental to people’s health and survival and ultimately to the well being of needs ~ He added

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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