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Social Media For Sexual Health of Urban Based Refugees in Kisenyi,Katwe, Makindye and Masajja Kampala Uganda

CDARH aims at increasing awareness of the existing Free SRHS in our and partners' clinics to all young urban Refugees(GIRLS) in Kampala .

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, has about 1.72 million inhabitants. The city itself is home to more than 150,000 registered refugees, but the actual figure may be higher. More and more refugees are moving out of refugee settlements and into Kampala, as evidenced by the 31,000 new urban registrants filed in 2014. Refugees who opt to stay in Kampala rather than the designated refugee settlements are expected to be self-reliant.Displaced adolescents living in Kampala are vulnerable to a host of difficulties that affect their sexual and reproductive health. The stakes are highest for adolescent girls, who face a high risk of gender-based violence and stigmatization and segregation while accessing SRHS from public health centers.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

we are working on setting up clinics of this kind in all refugee settlements to cater for the young people in the settlements who tend to face stigma while accessing the sexual reproductive health services in various centers.We are planning and still working on a mobile health center to work for a mean time .

Explain Your Idea

Being a Refugee who left the settlement (nakivale) , coming to Kampala searching for jobs and better life in the city at the age of 12 years.I grew up seeing the challenges we passed through while accessing sexual and reproductive health services and commodities with my colleagues.This put my life at a risk of acquiring HIV which i acquired at the age of 17 years. Its from these that me and my friend who got a chance to finish school agreed to ; Increase awareness of 10,000 young urban Refugees in Kampala about SRH Rights and SRHR services provided by our health centers; Kalerwe,kisenyi Kampala through development and dissemination of informative/educative animations (cartoons) on the 3 social media channels SRH e-clubs (Facebook, what sup and twitter) . Increase the uptake of SRHS provided in our health centre; kalerwe,kisenyi (cdarh clinics) Owino and Bwaise(RHU clinics) Kampala by 10% (3500) orders through development and implementation of e-referral mobile application and creation of depots (champions ) to easily deliver non clinical SRHS gotten from these center.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

Nominating and orienting 200 reproductive health rights champions in the mentioned areas of refugee occupancy;these will be used as outlets for these communities .They will volunteer their time and in turn will be supported to build their skills in SRHR messaging and basic facts on SRHR by CDARH. They will be trained more about SRH and use of the mobile application together with social media to achieve the project goal. Upgrade of the mobile application.used by champions to order for non clinical commodities from our clinics,champions to refer youth who need clinical services and report any threat of FGM .Project monitoring and evaluation .This is aimed at checking project performance and creating opportunities for learning

How is your idea unique?

Most of civil society organizations have done a lot in ensuring sexual and reproductive health of the young and refugees at large,less has been done for the urban refugees adolescents who don't have access to medical services as refugees in refugee settlements.This idea has shifted the focus to the neglected young refugees based in the city center kampala. secondly most of the refugee projects don't involve refugees that is in the engineering of ideas,this idea has involved the refugee youth from the time of engineering(organisation management) to the implementation (champions ). communicating to youth is another difference between our idea and others,most of the csos working with young refugees have failed to realize the need to communicate to young refugees in a youth friendly way .Its from my experience and time I spent as a refugee based in Kampala that I thought of using social media ,mobile application plus using champions as trumpets of communication to young people.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

CDARH has opened health facilities majorly to serve the marginalized communities in Kampala but are also overwhelmed by the big numbers who come from even well off communities to our facilities .Its from this that we are thinking of opening up other two branches in kampala to see that we can offer subsidized services for citizens from well off community(money got from them will put back to clinics for sustainability of the clinics) and give totally free services to young urban refugees.

Who are your end users?

The major target of the idea are the 10,000 young girls refugees (10-19 years) are the direct beneficiaries that is inclusive of 200 champions and girls who will acquire the SRHS from both champions and our clinics.All these are based in Kampala City. We intend to reach more 20000 young urban refugees Indirectly on the assumption that for every one reached adolescent (directly) informs 2 other refugees either in Kampala or in the settlement.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Uganda

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Kampala-based refugees is a mirror to the growing global trend of refugee urbanization, as refugees worldwide are increasingly likely to end up in urban areas rather than settlements .In Kampala, refugees are scattered in the city’s low-income areas but there are certain neighborhoods where refugees from the same country of origin concentrate: for example,Somali refugees in Kisenyi,Congolese refugees in Katwe + Ethiopian refugees in Kabalagala(Women’s Refugee Association) hence mixed setting

What is your organization's name?

Community Dental and Reproductive Health:

Tell us more about you.

CDARH (Lead applicant) is a company limited by guarantee;lead the identification,Nomination and training of champions both formal and informal champions , will provide free SRHS to refugees. The second Partner is Reproductive Health Uganda ,located in Uganda and with experience of Reproductive Health since 1957 ,it will be in charge of designing and developing of all the Information Education Communication Material for the project,it will also be the lead of fundraising for the project ,will be also at the center of providing free SRHS to young urban refugees. Tra fm is another partner who is to gather feedback on level satisfaction of SRHS consumers and advise on where there is need for improvement by our clinics and staff .

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization
  • Displaced person / refugee-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Community - 1+ communities within 1 country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

Community Dental and Reproductive Health(lead applicant)located Kampala . Reproductive health is located in Kampala Uganda. Tra fm located in Kampala Rap software solution located in Kampala

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered for-profit company, including social enterprises.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Existing Prototype or Pilot: Tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.


Community dental and reproductive health Second partiners website(Reproductive health uganda)

How has your idea changed based on feedback?

Urban based refugees suggested that there should be total inclusion of the disabled young refugees in the project that is they proposed that 10% of the champions must be disabled and that we add one more staff at our clinics who know sign language to quickly help our friends who can not speak.We have agreed with them and 10% of the champions nominated will be disabled .There was also a suggestion on inclusion of the elders ,women ,and government leaders to be champions .This was also accepted and 3% ,15% and 2% of champions will be nominated and endorsed by the young refugees respectively.Nomination of champions was in past done by our clinics but now the youth themselves will choose their champions in their communities and these will be endorsed by local leaders(age sensitive).It was found that there is still practices of female genital cutting though in hiding and it was proposed that we include a model on our platform where some one can report any suspected ceremony of that kind

Who will implement this idea?

This idea will be implemented by several partners ;Community dental and reproductive health who will be in charge of mobilizing partners ,taking lead in the identification and nomination of champions together with organizing both electronic and physical champion meetings,offering free SRHS and information to young urban based refugees.Reproductive health Uganda ; lead the packaging of the SRH information on the social media plaforms,Connect us to other like minded csos in SRH , will offer free SRHS to urban refuges. Tra fm ; getting SRHS consumer satisfaction reports which will be used in value addition of the level of service delivery.Rap software solutions will be in charge of upgrading and maintaining of the mobile application.13 full time staff and 10 based in urban refugee areas .

Using a human-centered design approach, you may uncover insights that lead to small or foundational changes to your organization’s existing strategy or processes in order to unlock the potential of your idea. How would your organization go about making such changes?

At the consortium level before coming up with a solution to a particular problem ,community facing a problem is involved in solving the problem itself . We gather their views and find a meeting point between our proposed solution and their proposed solutions.This is taken back to the citizens affected for the final views and improvements,after this a conclusive solution is presented to the board of operations managers who endorse the solution to the board for approval. In case the change is very urgently needed the head of operations of any partner calls for the meeting with other heads and one director at least and the change is approved there and then. At the organization level if the project is only for one organization the same procedure is followed but now internally

What challenges do your end-users face? (1) What is the biggest challenge that your end-users face on a day-to-day, individual level? (2) What is the biggest systems-level challenge that affects your end-users?

It was discovered that individuals especially with reproductive health problems like unexpected pregnancies, end up doing unsafe abortions since segregation is not only by local leaders but also civil servants in public health facilities . Refugees in urban areas face distinct challenges and require a very different response to meet their needs than would be provided in a refugee camp. Many of the traditional approaches used by humanitarian agencies in refugee camps are not suitable in urban areas.

Tell us about your vision for this project: (1) share one sentence about the impact you would like to see from this project in five years and (2) what is the biggest question you need to answer to get there?

By 2022 we aim to bring this project to all refugee settlements in Uganda reaching 100000 adolescents directly as champions and consumers of SRHS and information provided freely by us and our partners together with 400000 refugee adolescents following us on social media for information QUESTION:How best can we involve young urban based refugees in solving their own sexual and reproductive health challenges using the modern Information Communication Technology?

What is it that most attracted you to Amplify instead of a more traditional funding model?

Trying out old things but differently (innovation) and human centered approach being our priority ways of designing and implementation of our programs ,Amplify approach aligns perfectly with our ways of doing work in such a way that ,before the program is even started beneficiaries are involved ,given chance to shape the idea and develop it with us which amplify emphasizes at all the time. It gave us pleasure and hope that we had found like minded experienced partner .

Do you intend to implement your Amplify idea in refugee camps / temporary settlements?

  • We aim to implement our Amplify idea in support of displaced populations, but not in a refugee camp / temporary settlement.

How long have you and your colleagues been working on this idea together?

  • Between 1 and 2 years

How many of your organizations’s paid, full-time staff are currently based in the location where the beneficiaries of your proposed idea live?

  • Between 5-10 paid, full-time staff

Is your organization registered in the country you intend to implement your idea in?

  • We are registered in all countries where we plan to implement.

My organization's operational budget for 2016 was:

  • Between $100,000 and $500,000 USD

What do you need the most support with for your innovation?

  • Business Development / Partnerships Support
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"After coming up with a mou she is together with a team from makerere university medical students given their time to volunteer at our clinics as internees Thanks to openideo for being a linking ground between nabuuma's group and our organisation"

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This is the hierarchy of the project and shows how the project will be managed .It includes who reports to who and who is responsible for what in the implementation of the social media for sexual of the urban refugees in Kampala:

Intersection of SRH and Disability for Urban Refugees by Women Refugee Commision.pdf

This Report well describes why the required adjustment of including Disabled as champion with the major to include them in the project.This report also clearly shows among other things that the disabled face challenges related to acquiring SRH services since many of those health centers Giving services do not have specialist in sign language to help our friends who do not speak at all .This surely justifies addition of a sign language specialists in all our clinics .

Social Media For Sexual Health stakeholder matrix.docx

This explains who is the contact person of every stakeholder and what every stakeholder is meant to do .


At the end of the pilot project this presentation was made to Various Stakeholders including the office of the prime minister,Ministry of Health,UNHCR Kampala Uganda,


Article by our one of the past champion we worked with in the pilot of this project

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The social Media for Sexual Health of the Urban based refugees launching the project in 2016


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We are a ware that many are following our idea and we also inform you that sign language translators are in place :
We ask government of Uganda to respond quickly and settle these land disputes and ensure security of the people with concern

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