READY Project-World AIDS Day Concert 2016, Nakasongola

READY Project-World AIDS Day Concert 2016, Nakasongola

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In commemoration of the World AIDS Day 2016 with pomp and swagger, PEERU  in partnership with Community Health Alliance Uganda, COYAA, Nakasongola Local government, and PREFHA among other partners organized the 1st Family Planning Concert for Adolescents in Uganda at St. Joseph’s playground, Nakasongola under the Theme: Joining hands to scale up HIV prevention. The READY project Pre-World AIDS Day 2016 celebrations and concert was aimed at scaling up adolescents access to quality HCT and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights information and services targeting adolescents from key population groups including adolescents selling sex, adolescents using and injecting drugs and adolescents living with HIV. The event took place at

 “As the district, we are fully committed towards working with stake holders like PEERU and CHAU to reach out to our adolescents and we fully commit to this program you have launched in our district, I therefore encourage our young people to take advantage of such projects if we are to end HIV prevalence in our Nakasongola” – says Zziwa Moses ADHO

Worldwide, edutainment through entertainment is an interactive and engaging approach when it comes to communicating to adolescents and young people i.e. concerts, flash mobs, street theater, puppetry, music among others. Today, Adolescents are poorly informed about issues concerning HIV and AIDS, STI and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights making them vulnerable to engaging in risky sexual behaviors. There is a high level of misinformation, myths and misconceptions among adolescents in hard to reach towns and communities since most of them access health information from peers instead of reaching out to trained peer educators for the right information. For example, HIV prevalence and teenage pregnancy is said to be high among rural communities according to the Ministry of Health.

Painting of Nabiswera Health Center IV by adolescents to strengthening friendly adolescent corners at public facilities in Nakasongola District.

Painting of Nabiswera Health Center IV by adolescents to strengthening friendly adolescent corners at public facilities in Nakasongola District.

Key activities

  1. Health education to adolescents and young people on SRH&R and HIV by peer educators.
  2. Painting of Nabiswera Health Center IV by adolescents to strengthening friendly adolescent corners at public facilities in Nakasongola District.
  3. Community mobilization and senstisation on HIV /AIDS and SRHR through flash mobs.
  4. Community sensitization on adolescent reproductive health and rights.
  5. HCT/SRH services targeting adolescents were provided though the general population of Nakasongola town was also allowed to receive the services which were provided by Health workers from Kakoge Health Centre V.
  6. Medical Referrals
  7. Both male and Female Condom distributions and demonstrations conducted by peer educators.
  8. Family planning services,
  9. STI screening and treatment.

The community was mobilized through community drives, VHT’s, peer educators and a community radio. The concert was graced with district officials including Mr. Zziwa Moses the ADHO of Nakasongola and the Assistant CAO Nakate Edith who represented the office of the district CAO and the CHAU team from Kampala.

The READY project peer educators also provided on-site one on one sessions focusing on HIV prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights information to bring about behavioral change among adolescents.

Achievements

Adolescents and young people access HCT services and SRHR information during the WAD celebrations in Nakasongola

Adolescents and young people access HCT services and SRHR information during the WAD celebrations in Nakasongola

The older adolescents and young people were trained on proper and consistent condom use by peer educators, 17128 condoms were distributed including 1000 female and 16128 male condoms, over 2500 people were mobilized for the concert and access to different services that were available at the event, 372 people were tested on both 30th and 1st for HIV and 14 people including 5 adolescents tested HIV positive and were referred to Kakoge Health Centre IV and followed up.

SPECIAL THANKS: Community Health Alliance (CHAU), COYAA and Nakasongola District Council among other partners.