Sexual Reproductive Health Workshop
Design without Borders in collaboration with Programme for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE), held an 8 day workshop with Ugandan youths, with the objective to find alternative ways in which sexual reproductive health education can be delivered to the youth of various regions of Uganda, in a manner that will be easily accessible to them.
Many youths in Uganda have limited information about sexual reproductive health (SRH) issues. In many cases this leaves them victims of unwanted pregnancies, sexual transmitted diseases, unsafe abortions and death. They little information they do have often comes from untrustworthy sources, leaving them with the challenge of knowing which information to trust. The need to reach out to the youth, delivering valid information on SRH in a manner that is accessed and accepted by them was the drive behind this project.
DwB facilitated an 8 day workshop with 13 selected youths, as well as members from PACE. The objective of the workshop was to hear from the youths themselves and learn what they want and need in terms of SRH information and services and how they want it delivered. the youth gathered valuable insights that gave a clear direction for PACE on how to further continue their process of SRH education outreach.
Preparations for the workshops included carrying out field research, comprising of in-depth interviews with selected youth and service providers in two rural districts (Mukono and Buikwe), and two urban districts (Kampala and Wakiso). The research was lead by Research World Institute with the help of PACE and DwB. The information obtained from the research was analysed and recurring challenges were grouped and categorised in to themes.
The 8 day workshop had participants from PACE, in addition to the 13 youths (picked from the interviews). The workshop commenced with discussions where the youths gave causes and impacts of the selected themes.
The youths were then divided into four groups, in which they further discussed the themes, causes, impacts and possible solutions for each cause. At the end of each discussion the youths presented their work. They were urged to further develop their proposed solutions clearly, also stating how they would want in delivered/packaged. The multitude of the proposed solutions were grouped into four main concepts:
Empowering youth through creating a safe place where they can access valid information
A system of reaching youths on all levels
Services like peer to peer consultation, ethical health providers, monthly evaluation of the health providers.
Communication through various forms of media including youth radio shows.
The youths came up with tangible suggestions on how the SRH education outreach could speak to their fellow youth, with the goal of PACE to implement some of the solutions in their programme.