Get your mix out: Reach a Hand Mid-term
Report 2013 Report
CONTENTS Introduction Activities
Special thanks to:
Foreword As young people for young people we like to communicate about issues concerning our sexuality and well-being and recognize our sexual rights by building skills and reaching out to other young people and encourage them to positively enjoy the aspects of their sexual health and sexuality.
RAHU prides itself in identifying with the young people, involving them at every step of the project right from planning, content development, training, implementation and evaluation. In this project RAHU has attracted a pool of over 100 volunteers and interns that were trained as peer educators to support and implement the program.
With funding from MTV staying alive Foundation and support from local partners and well wishers RAHU was able to launch the 2013 version of the “Get ur Mix Out” school outreach program a Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) project in 30 schools aimed at triggering safer behavior and positive attitudes towards sexual health and HIV/AIDS and improving the role of young people in promoting good health.
Together with the young people RAHU developed the strap phrase or slogan “MBWAASE” that is a local Ugandan (Luganda) slung that means leaving or going from one place to another. Therefore, “Mbwaase” in this case means empowering young people with information and knowledge to reach their full potential, imagine and realize their future dreams. It literally means advancing from the ordinary level to a more informed and empowered level in life. RAHU worked and consulted with other organizations and individuals that are doing similar youth programs to train peer educators, develop message materials, provide HCT services and acquire materials and resources that were disseminated through channels and platforms like social media and in a language that young people appreciate and understand. Today’s young people often look for inspiration and direction from celebrated and renown personalities in various disciplines such as music, art, theatre, fashion, health and business, therefore it’s on this basis that Reach a Hand Uganda uses cultural icons who act as ambassadors that share their experiences and give inspiration talks and meaningful direction to the young people we reach out to. I also take this opportunity to thank the organizations and individuals that made it possible for RAHU to realize its intended project objectives in the first phase of the ‘Get your Mix Out’ campaign 2013. Our acknowledges go to: MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION, RUTGERS WPF, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH UGANDA (RHU), AMON MULYOWA OF COMMUNICATION CONSULTS, NTV UGANDA, CAPITAL FM, SCHOOL TIMES newspaper, INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY (ISHU), CHILD AFRICA, SIKIA MEDIA SERVICES, PABLO LIVE, GO SMS, INC WEAR, KAMPALA CITY YANGE, RAHU VOLUNTEERS. RAHU hopes to create a generation of responsible young people who care and make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. ……………………………………….. Humphrey Nabimanya Team Leader RAHU
2 Introduction Get your mix out! Campaign which is a behavior Change campaign targeting young people between the ages of 15 to 24 focusing on empowering the youth to understand their sexuality as they grow in order to make informed choices in life and understand the aspects surrounding HIV/AIDS. The theme of the campaign is “My body, My life, My Choice” which encourages free and open d iscussions about sexual reproductive health issues among the youth. The theme is supported and promoted by a strap phrase or slogan “MBWAASE.” “Mbwasse” is a local Ugandan slung that means leaving or going from one place to another. It literally means advancing from the ordinary level t o the next best level. Therefore, “Mbwaase” in this case means empowering young people with information and knowledge to reach their full potential, i magine and realize their future dreams. It is a phrase that awakens the young people to the reality of preparing themselves on how to deal with their health choices and career a spirations a fter being empowered w ith s kills and knowledge about their sexuality. The campaign was r olled out i n 19 s chools in f our districts (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi and Mukono)
3 Activities Stakeholders meetings A stakeholders meeting was held onâ€Ś.. at Reproductive Health Uganda conference room. The participants comprised of Head teachers, Partners and young people. This was aimed disseminating the campaign ideals and them adapting to it.
Volunteer recruitment and orietation RAHU received over 100 applications for volunteering during the campaign; these were interviewed by a panel arranged by RAHU and a total of 30 volunteers were selected. They were trained in communications skills, had refresher training on sexual reproductive health and rights issues. A data base of the volunteers has been put in place for easy monitoring and evaluation of the volunteers. -pictures
Interest group SRHR workshops These were conducted in 14 schools. The young people were met in small groups. The volunteers would facilitate the sessions were the young people would identify challenges related to SRHR and HIV/AIDS and these were addressed by the peer educators and technical persons.
Focused Group Discussions These were conducted in 14 schools. The young people were met in small groups. The volunteers would facilitate the sessions were the young people would identify challenges related to SRHR and HIV/AIDS and these were addressed by the peer educators and technical persons.
Inspirational and career guidance presentation by keynote speakers RAHU has a unique approach of using celebrities and role models who give inspirational talks to the young people in the fields of reproductive health, career and education, sports and entertainment. These also become mentors to the young people during holidays. -pictures -table list of personalities
Keynote Speakers Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga HIV AIDS activitists and executive director of the National Guidance and Empowerment Network of people living with HIV/Aids in Uganda (NGEN).
Milly Katana HIV AIDS activitists and Public Health Specialist at JSI/NuPITA PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISOR at Knowledge Management and Communications Centre
Sarah Kakayi Works with community reproductive health and sexual health services, NHJ Newharm United Kingdom
Julie Solberg A successful business woman and executive director child Africa.
Issac Ruchie Founder Kampala City Yange, Entrepreneur and Musician
Faridah Nambi Founder Nambi Childrenâ€™s Initiative
Fauziah Nakiboneka Drama Producer at the Ebonies and Producer at VCL studios Kenneth Kimuli aka Pablo A celebrated comedian in Uganda and director Pablo Live
Awel Uwihanganye Foreign Policy, Communications, and Investment Consultant
5 Cultrual Icons Patrick Idringi aka Salvado Telecom Engineer, Founder &Director -The Krackers Ltd, Radio personality on 91.3 CapitalFm, Comedian & MC
RAHU has a unique approach of using celebrities and role models who give inspirational talks to the young people in the fields of reproductive health, career and education, sports and entertainment.
Bedford Brian, Musician
Able 4, Musicians (Group)
Antonio & Phil, Dancers
Robin Kisti, TV personality
Moris Hassa, Advocate/Musician
Sylver Kyagulanyi, Advocate/Musician
TESTIMONIAL Testimony from a young positive (Nicole) Nicole Uwimana was born April 19 1990, in Kampala Uganda to Rwandese parents. She attended Buganda Road Primary school before joining Pal and Lisa secondary school. Nicole lost her parents when young and was taken on by my aunt at the tender age of 4. At 10 yrs she was defiled and i contracted HIV though she didn't know at the time. "I used to take medication without knowledge of what ailment i was treating. from the time i was defiled, i went through a lot; stigmatized and mistreated by those i was staying because i was HIV + yet this was hidden away from me." Nicole says.
"I used to take medication without knowledge of what ailment i was treating. from the time i was defiled, i went through a lot; stigmatized and mistreated by those i was staying because i was HIV + yet this was hidden away from me." Nicole says.
Nicole found out about her status in 2008 while she prepared for her S4 final exams after deciding on her own to take an HIV test. "It was heartbreaking and very hard to believe. I was very bitter with my aunt because she hid this info from me." says Nicole. Nicole accepted the fact that i was HIV+ because there was nothing she could change about it. Nicole is currently a peer educator with Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) and travels with the team whenever they visit schools. It is here that she shares her story encouraging students to have a positive out look towards life even when faced with the most threatening life condition.
7 MBWASE ACTIVATIONS
During the activations this is when the whole school gets chance to be met a key note address is give the following activities take place during the activations
8 Number Of Young People Reached During Focused Group Discussions
HIV/AIDS skit by IHSU students
Live performances by local artists (Bedford, Bakri, Able 4 and Emma, Bad Heavy, Amy among others.)
Skits by students and RAHU volunteers
10 NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE REACHED DURING ACTIVATIONS
Comparison of Young People Reached
11 Kyuka youth outreach dance messages KYUKA YOUTH OUTREACH is a ministry that use dance ,music, visual arts, drama, sports to catalyze a positive way of living with in communities. Kyuka is a luganda verb meaning ''change''. This ministry brings together people of different back grounds such as religion, age, tribe, status. During the campaign they performed dances with messages in relation to SRHR.
Media Outreach Facebook Twitter Website Tv Radio Newspapers
14 HEALTH COUNSELLING AND TESTING BY REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH UGANDA AND REACH A HAND UGANDA Free HIV testing
In partnership with Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), RAHU has carried out free HIV testing in schools. Young people instantly get there results and those that need referrals are handled by RHU
A student being tested by a UHMG pasonel
Hana Mixed S.S
Hana Mixed S.S
Brilliant High Sch
Bishop Cyprian S.SDay
Bishop Cyprian Boarding
15 A PIE CHART SHOWING NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO TESTED
Impact of the School HCT Services It provided opportunity for YP to get to know their HIV STATUS for the first times since services and information had been extended proximal to where they spend most of their time at school
First time testers
Second time testers
RAHU-RHU HCT RESULTS PER SCHOOL AND GENDER
Referral services for CD4 count were done to those who tested positive Those identified with STIs were referred for more diagnosis and management Some schools like Hana Mixed school were able to understand and appreciate female and male condom usage since several demonstrations and educative sessions were conducted. Some young persons were referred for safe male circumcision to government health centers near their place of stay as a result of the interventions by both RAHU and RHU team. IEC materials like posters.stickers on reproductive Health were distributed to students. Personal testimonies from HIV activists helped young persons to test for HIV/AIDSâ€™ We appreciate the support provided by parents of those students who tested positive for understanding and appreciating the work of Reproductive Health Uganda-Youth department,Kampala branch and Reach A hand Uganda team for facilitating disclosure since some parents contacted had previously failed to disclose to their children
Integrated ASRHR services enhances youths to access services and information when extended to places where they spend most of the time like schools.
Sometimes, shortages for HIV algorithm testing kits interfered with high turn up of students which necessitate d mobilization for kits from other partners plus going back to some schools to provide services to several young persons, hence more resources need to be added plus services for STI diagnosis on site.
Concerns by young people
young people for young people
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