Uganda should prioritize investing in the quality of its population – Charles Owekmeno

For Uganda to achieve universal health coverage for sexual and reproductive health will require informed budgeting to ensure that all young people can access the quality health care services they need without experiencing hardships.

Civil societies take steps towards advising the government on the realization of sexual Reproductive Health services, the country must address how the aspect of Sexual Reproductive Health for young people is needed.

Drawing on country-level from the statistics that have been published in the news, it shows that investments required to meet all needs for young people is huge and it also shows that delivering on sexual reproductive health commitments require greater investment in sexual and reproductive health

Some countries have arguably achieved Sexual Reproductive health care already, and many more like Kenya are making progress. There are many unanswered questions and answering these questions in the context of limited resources obligates the country to undertake a priority setting

During the event that was organized at Serena conference center by the SRH Alliance in partnership with Right Here Right Now, Reproductive Health Uganda and Reach A hand Uganda, the National Coordinator, SRHRAlliance, Charles Owekmeno said Sexual Reproductive Health Rights determines the quality, structure and growth rate of the country.

“Young people have suffered violence especially the physical and sexual violence and worst of it all, many had nowhere to run to report.” – Mairah Faith, Youth Country Coordinator, SRHRAlliance added

During the discussions at the E-conference dialogue that was under the theme “Building Uganda’s Resilience: Investing in young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health’’, Religious leaders, Advocates, Government representatives acknowledged that meeting all needs for Sexual Reproductive Health care for all young people is affordable if it is prioritized by the government and included in the budget.

The panellists also highlighted the dangers of not having Sexual Reproductive Health services at Health facilities especially youth-friendly services. The question remains; is the government ready to invest in young people? For more details, click here

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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