Reintegrate youth friendly services into health systems

Moses Bwire

The youth-friendly services are established at health facilities to help young people, adolescents overcome barriers affecting them but the big question is; are they working? Are they enough? Are they functioning? Are they accessible to all young people, including persons living with disabilities? 

On Friday 15th, Peer to Peer Uganda organized the civil society Organization engagement and consultation meeting towards Sexual Reproductive health and HIV responsive Universal Health Coverage agenda in Uganda, and it took place at Imperial Royale Hotel.

There are services carried out at health facilities to encourage young people in matters that enhance their development in various life choices.

Youth-friendly services are always put in place with the objective of ensuring that young people are not afraid of taking charge of their lives and participating in activities that help to improve their way of life. 

These services are advantageous in such a way that they provide young people with a platform to share their challenges openly without the fear of being judged by other people, young people get to share ideas and experiences with their peers and youth-friendly services also boost their confidence and self-esteem

Most young people are not aware of these services because of the limited awareness campaigns carried out which leaves the young people with little or no information about these kinds of services and sometimes; they fear being judged by health workers, society and there is more need to create awareness about these services

The Ministry of Health needs to reintegrate youth-friendly services into the health system and they have to go beyond sexual and reproductive health and start looking at development needs of the young people – Moses Bwire Executive Director, Peer To Peer Uganda said during the consultative meeting on Universal Health Coverage

The approach used for creating awareness to young people about these services  sometimes doesn’t favour the young people especially if the people carrying out the campaigns are not in the youth age bracket

Speaking at the civil society Organization engagement and consultation meeting towards a Sexual Reproductive health and HIV responsive Universal Health Coverage agenda in Uganda that happened at Imperial Royale Hotel, Dr. Patricia, a health consultant said; The health system in Uganda is broken and it needs more funding

The Civil society organizations, advocates and Ministry of Health need to do partnerships with school teachers, Patrons, community leaders in order to achieve universal health coverage for all – Dr. Patricia added

Sometimes young people have knowledge of the youth-friendly services being offered in their communities but they choose not to go for these services because some community members like elders, parents are not informed about the importance of these kinds of services to the young people so they end up discouraging them with the justification of ‘’these youth corners are here to spoil you’’ which is not always the case

Some of the services being offered in the youth corners; HIV/Aids testing and counselling, Family planning services and more. To achieve the Universal Health Coverage in Uganda, we need Sexual reproductive health awareness workshops and training’s among community people at the grassroots level

Quality Health care services for all are what needs in Uganda!


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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