Girl’s Act Campaign #GirlsKisoboka
In partnership with AHF Uganda CARES, Peer To Peer Uganda (PEERU) is implementing the Girls Act campaign dubbed Girls Kisoboka which is a multi-institutional drive that primarily aims at scaling up the uptake of HIV/AIDS services and other connected support services. Targeting young women and adolescent girls from all walks of life, including those from different socioeconomic groupings and dwellings, Girl’s ACT is primarily a young women and adolescent girl’s drive targeting this population sub-group, 12-24 years of age, from all walks of life. However, considering that YWAG do not live in a vacuum, this campaign will secondarily target their families and young men especially those aged 12 -24 years. The campaign is implemented by the collaborating agencies including; AHF-Uganda Cares, Public Health Ambassadors Uganda, Uganda Young Positives’ Association, Peer To Peer Uganda, Kawempe Home Based Care Alliance and Uganda Network of Sex Workers’ Organizations.
Every young person must realize that they have a right and responsibility to know their HIV/AIDS and general health status as part of being a responsible citizen. As the saying goes, knowledge is power and ignorance is denial. Young people and adolescents who know their HIV and general health status are less likely to engage in risky behaviors because those who are diagnosed with any disease, including HIV, are more likely to get immediate treatment and take steps to prevent further spread to other community members. Finally, the Girls’ ACT Campaign looks at providing a safe and meeting space for young people to step up and speak out so as to begin to create change!
The multi-institutional campaign, intends to;
- Increase demand and access to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment services amongst young people especially YWAG.
- Increase HIV testing levels amongst young people so as to inform planning and programming around treatment and prevention for this age group.
- Strengthen linkages into HIV care of young people diagnosed with HIV
- Strengthen linkages into information systems for Young People found HIV Negative
- Ensure greater coordination amongst agencies providing HIV/AIDS and other connected services to young people.
- A shift in culture; so that young people’s views on health, HIV/AIDS and related services are listened to and respected.