Aijuka Andrew is a media professional with techniques to create awareness in Uganda's crisis zones about adolescent's health and rights.
What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?
Lack of knowledge on sexual reproductive health issues and shortage of enough youth friendly centers where teenagers can access information and friendly services.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?
The problem i am currently still working on is the financing of activities and partners to work with in extending sexual reproductive health services and information on rights to teenagers especially in the rural parts of the Uganda.
Explain Your Idea
Media discussion forums or clubs in camps and communities are a perfect way of passing on information to teenagers. Both girls and boys are interested socialising and if resources are channelled through tools used in these socialising places.
Men too can be encouraged to create these small groups or clubs with their wives in order to have the same information and services and hence providing a platform for families to dialogue and discuss sexual reproductive health issues like family planning and HIV/AIDS.
In these clubs, members should be helped or guided to form plays, dramas, sport groups and radio programs that do highlight their challenges, emphasize their rights and how best they think they can be helped in the long run.
In club meetings or after the meetings,services like family planning,HIV counseling can be introduced to the target group.
Furthermore,the clubs or groups can have days in which services are provided and more information passed on to them since with groups its always easy to mobilise other members in the community.
Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).
In the media clubs and groups,members do share experiences from which the main issues are highlighted as topical discussions for the group during the making of the radio program or a play.
Secondly these issues are addressed by team coordinators who do provide solutions to some queries and these too are part of the radio program or play.
The radio programs produced and recorded by the groups themselves help in educating other similar communities and sharing of ideas by different communities like places of worship,schools and hospitals
How is your idea unique?
What is unique about my idea is the fact that community members actually do turn into their own educators and advocates in a way that they do share ,take part in the making or recording of the activity and finally take lessons from their own works.
I believe that once people are involved in finding remedies to their problems,the community develops more fast.
Who are your end users?
Information is key in making informed decisions.I believe a displaced person needs a platform to speak and address the challenges that he/she is facing plus a helping hand and services from the neighbours. The media focus groups /clubs are a suitable establishment for healing reconciliation,health advise and other services in way that these clubs do encourage discussions and participation of members.These clubs are to be set up in displacement communities like areas of Isingiro (Nakivale) and Yumbe District where over 1000 teenagers fleeing from conflict would be reached in these displacement camps.
Where will your idea be implemented?
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in
This idea is effective in places and communities where there is prolonged displacement and instances where communication is hindered in terms of language barrier,translators can be of help among the community members.
Drama, plays, music and dance competition themed around sexual reproductive health issues which involves participation and presentation of solutions to by fellow members and students through staged, scripted plays, music, dances and radio programs.
What is your organization's name?
Tell us more about you.
I am an individual with over 9 years in the media working in both radio and television interacting with different community leaders media organisation's owners and community members in most parts of the country and it is with this that i am sure of setting up the best suited team to implement this idea.
Displaced person / refugee-led organization
What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?
Still in planning phase and does not exist yet
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Expertise in Sector
Have not worked in sector, but excited to learn more.
What is your organizational status?
What is the maturity of your innovation?
Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.