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Promoting Sexual Reproductive Health Rights for Marginalized Groups with Disabilities.

Fighting for the Health Rights of marginalized people in the communities.

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

Despite the above scores, the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SPHR) of marginalized persons with disabilities has been overlooked by both the disability community and those working on Sexual Health. This leaves persons with disabilities among the most marginalized groups when it comes to Sexual Health services. Yet they have the same needs for SH services as everyone else. In fact, persons with disabilities may actually have greater needs for SH education and care than persons without disabilities due to their increased vulnerability to abuse.

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

Marginalized groups with disabilities face many barriers to care and information about SH and HIV/Aids and other violence, and abuse. First is the frequent assumption that minority groups with disabilities are not sexually active and therefore, do not need HIV/Aids and Sexual Health services. Research shows however, that minority groups with disabilities area sexually active as persons without disabilities (WHO, 2009; World Bank, 2016). Despite this, too often their sexuality has been ignored an

Explain Your Idea

Over the past twenty-five (25) years, Uganda has made significant strides in decreasing HIV/AIDS prevalence and in improving sexual reproductive health indicators particularly among the youth and woman. Today, Uganda is widely recognized as the most successful Sub-Sahara African example of population-wide HIV/AIDS prevalence reduction. Addressing reproductive health issues is an important element in the Uganda's National Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSPII).The Uganda demographic and health survey 2016 established what improvements had been made in the area of reproductive health in the previous five years (MMR) from 505 down to 435/100,000 live birth; teenage pregnancy from 31 to 25%; use of family planning from 18.6 to 24.4%; four and more ANC visits from 42 to 47%; assistance by skilled providers during birth from39 to 42%) among others. Strong government leadership, broad-based partnerships and effective public education campaigns all contributed to a decline in the number of people living with HI/Aid s and sexual health complications.

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

Awareness Raising, Advocate for Inclusive Policies, Train MGWDs on sexual reproductive health rights, Sensitize MGWDs on sexual reproductive health issues, Train Health Workers on the SHR of MGWDs.

How is your idea unique?

This idea will endeavor to involve both men and women in equal numbers. Deliberate efforts will be made not to miss out the marginalized youth and women with disabilities to ensure that the voice and interests in the communities is heard.

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

Understanding of community level situation and ability to serve based on situation analysis, Ability to develop detailed operational plans and implementation accordingly, Knowledge on Government schemes such as Sexual Reproductive Health.

Who are your end users?

The need for this project was identified during the field visits and local community meetings as members of the marginalized groups with disabilities expressed concerns over the need to access better reproductive health services through the promotion of sexual reproductive health rights. The direct beneficiaries of the project are the entire population of marginalized groups with disabilities in the 112 districts of Uganda. And the target marginalized groups will have access to better sexual reproductive health and HIV/Aids services.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Uganda

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

  • Epidemic
  • Community at risk of disaster

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

• The project realized risky factor is the slow pace of community change of attitude about Marginalized groups with disabilities sexual health rights. This is because social relations are power relations and some people may resist the change. Due to socialization process some people have also been marginalized for long that they take it as a cultural practice that is unquestionable. • Another risky factor is that some members of the marginalized groups may lack self-confidence.

What is your organization's name?

Africa Foundation for Community Development (AFCOD-Uganda).

Tell us more about you.

HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION Africa Foundation for Community Development (AFCOD-Uganda) was established in 2012 to advocate, protect and promote human rights and social services to communities in Uganda. With its core fields as: Human rights, Democracy and governance, Gender based violence, Transparency and accountability and Policy research and accountability. The organization is non-Governmental, non Profit, political and autonomous civil society organization, legally registered and licensed by the Government of Uganda.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization
  • Indigenous-led organization
  • Disabled Persons Organization (DPO)
  • Youth-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • National - expansive reach 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

OFFICE Kadhali Road Iganga Town, Eastern Uganda. P.O.BOX 26780 Kampala Uganda (EA) Email:info@afcoduganda.org www.afcoduganda.org

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Website

www.afcoduganda.org

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