Kampala: During the webiner, the SRHR Alliance Uganda committed to continue providing access to essential Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights information and service amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The development follows a series of reports indicating that both girls and boys are being violated during the lockdown.
A report by UNICEF in Namutumba district, Eastern Uganda, indicates that 8 out of 10 girls are married off before their 18th birthday. Also, an average of 5 child marriage-related cases are received every month, while many go unreported.
Now, with the transport ban imposed at the start of the 42 days’ lockdown, it is hard for youths to access such services that may help them deal with sexual reproductive health.
However, SRHR Alliance Uganda Board chairperson Ms. Stella Kentutsi said ”The organization will use technology to reach the youths who need their services” she said during the webinar discussion
With children being home for close to two years now, girls are at increased risk of physical and sexual violence when accessing water points.
SRHR says these facilities can be made safe for the children during the pandemic by ensuring that they are accessed free of bushes.
According to Dr. Dianah Nakiganda the head of the adolescent and school health division, Ministry of Health, they are using technology to engage community leaders, while services like ARVs are delivered to young people who are unable to move to health facilities.