SRHR Umbrella Grant
The SRHR Umbrella Grant exists because more Ugandan people should be able to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Everyone has the right to sexual and reproductive health. But not everyone realises they have this right. We know that local organisations that are based in the community are often best placed to reach marginalised populations who do not realise their rights.
That’s why our SRHR Umbrella Grant in Uganda focuses on supporting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) to deliver quality services, rather than trying to make change from the top.
Communities whose SRHR needs are not met are highly vulnerable to HIV. A huge part of our work is to integrate HIV and SRHR services so that people can access them together at the same time.
In this programme we work with:
- Children aged 10-14.
- Adolescents and young people.
- People living with HIV.
- Marginalised populations, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, truckers and fisher-folks.
Our core programme activities include:
- Peer education and support to help people make healthier decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.
- Creating spaces within families and communities to talk safely about sex and sexuality.
- Strengthening community-led service delivery, and building bridges between communities and health services to improve access to SRHR services.
- Improving the quality of services, so that they meet the needs of adolescent girls, young women and marginalised populations.
- Supporting marginalised populations to meaningfully engage in decision-making that affects their lives in order to uphold their sexual and reproductive rights.
- Advocating to build the capacity of decision-makers, technocrats within the government, and community-level leaders towards supporting the objectives of this programme.
We know from experience that CBOs are best placed to reach adolescent girls, young women and marginalised populations including people living with HIV. This fund will help bring vital resources to create knowledge, awareness and demand for integrated, quality SRHR and HIV services; and advocate for these services to be made available and for sexual and reproductive rights to be upheldDivya Bajpai, Director of Programmes at Frontline AIDS
- We’ve reached over 1.2 million people with integrated SRHR and HIV services since the programme began.
- We have 266 peer educators, who are a valuable source of information on SRHR and HIV for young people and key populations.
- We support 88 partner health facilities across 11 districts in Uganda.
- We’ve trained or mentored 2,680 health workers.
- We’ve constructed and renovated over 60 youth-friendly corners in health services to boost access to SRHR.
The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Umbrella is a seven year programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and managed by Frontline AIDS. It is implemented by Ugandan NGOs across 11 districts.
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