Movie nights for the quarantined street children in Mbale district
Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum in collaboration with Mbale district task force worked together to ensure the safety of street kids that were quarantined at Namakwekwe primary school. The children were able to receive not only food and clothes but also SRHR services as part of the health package.
Our change champions Peter and Abed ensured that the street children were entertained while in quarantine. They held movie nights which were used to disseminate SRHRs information among the street children. The movie nights were attended by 65 boys at Namakwekwe primary school and 75 girls quarantined to Namatala primary school.
Key lessons from the movie nights were that young people appreciated the need to seek information as this guides them on making informed choices, importance of family planning and by the end of the movie, 6 had confessed the need to seek such services from the nearby health facility as a way of preventing un planned pregnancies. They also learnt the importance of making decisions about the number of children one can produce basing on ones affordability to look after them. Organizations need to find innovative ways of passing SRHR information with in the communities that are specifically targeting adolescents.