Engaging adolescent boys and young men in building a healthy & Violence free nation
On 14th June 2019, Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum was honoured to be a part of campaign activity on male involvement that was organized by the Mbula Kalevu partners. The campaign sought to engage men through male champions and male action groups based at the health centres, to act as peers and role models to increase access to HIV prevention, stigma, alcohol, drug abuse and sexual reproductive health. They also act as change agents to address masculine cultural gender norms and attitude which precipitate gender-based violence In communities
The ‘mbula kalevu’ campaign engages young adolescent boys and young men through various activities like football, netball among others to engage them so as to avoid circumstances that might destroy their lives. It also gives them information and sensitizes them especially those that are not able to make it to the health facilities.
The key stakeholders present in the event were Mrs Nambi Namuddu Juliet who is the Executive Director of education and social services,KCCA Doctor Lydia Mungherera the Executive Director of Mama`s club Uganda and various other dignitaries from the Buganda kingdom.
There were various organizations present at the event including; Straight Talk Foundation, USAID, Uganda scouts association and so many others. They all got the opportunity to exhibit and share information during the event. As Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum, we got the opportunity to exhibit and share information on Sexual Reproductive Health information especially on our vine pads which picked a lot of interest from the guests. We also had the opportunity to lead some sexual reproductive health sessions during the event.
The event was crowned by a soccer match between different schools which included Luzira secondary school, Old Kampala secondary school, Uganda Martyz high school and St.Janan secondary school. The final match will take place in bugerere during the Buganda kingdom health day and it will be graced by the king of Buganda kingdom on 12th / 07/ 2019
After the matches, there was a gathering around the fireplace and we had different speeches from different inspirational people, namely; the representative of Buganda, the executive director of mama`s club Uganda Mrs Lydia Mungherera as well as Kikomeko lan, a youth change champion from Uganda Youth and Adolescents health forum. Ian offered guidance to young boys and men on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and what the appropriate ways are for one to live and become a better person in future.
The campaign had a number of partners including Uganda youth and adolescent health forum, Joint united nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Community Health Alliance Uganda, Buganda Kingdom and Ministry of Health, Stanbic bank, coco cola and mamas club as the lead organisation.
The Buganda kingdom representative Mr.Lukwago Rashid interested himself the activities of UYAHF and sought for further engagements for partnership.
In conclusion, the event was successful, and it is one of the continuous campaign meant for a long term period to fully address the five thematic listed areas of concern. (stigma, HIV/AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, Sexual Reproductive Health)