Training on Dangers of HIV/AIDS and Teenage Pregnancies in Teso District, Uganda.
Teenagers in the northeast of Uganda are growing up under trying and challenging circumstances. They are faced with dysfunctional family relationships mainly caused by the effects of the long lasting armed conflict in the area.
There are very limited education available to youth on the dangers of contracting HIV/Aids or unwanted teenage pregnancies. As a result, more youth have become sexually active evidenced by the growing number of teenage pregnancies, and those suffering from HIV/AIDS and or other sexually transmitted diseases. Furthermore, an increasing number of the youth have taken on addictions like alcoholism and pornography. This has resulted in risky and dangerous behaviour as well as psychological problems.
Uganda has one of the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in sub-Saharan Africa. Some relevant statistics from the United Nations on HIV/AIDS prevalence in Uganda:
- Child mortality rate is 174/1000
- Infant mortality rate is 97/1000
- Maternal mortality rate is 506/100,000.
- Total fertility rate is 6.9%.
- Contraceptive prevalence rate is 15% .
- Unmet need for family planning is 29%.
- Teenage pregnancy rate is 43% .
- Unsafe abortions contribute to 20-30% of maternal deaths
- 62% of mothers deliver without supervision at home
- Trained Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) carry out 15% of deliveries
- 49% of the population cycle or walk five kilometers to a health facility
- Limited male involvement in reproductive health.
Reduce: Early teenage pregnancy, teenage maternal death, HIV/Aids/STDs infections, under aged marriage.
Long life expectancy and low HIV/Aids prevalence
- To provide education, skills training opportunities for the youth on HIV/Aids, information on sexual abuse and defilement enabling them to make informed decisions.
- To promote drama activities, talk show, mobile cinema, radio massages and the condom use to the youth in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary schools in Soroti area (Katakwi and Kaberamaido)
- To provide counselling to the youth who have HIV/Aids and other related health problems.
- To enhance the capacity of the youth, mothers unions and education departments to mobilize and conduct effectively youth programmes.