SRHR Umbrella Grant

© Gemma Taylor for Frontline AIDS

The SRHR Umbrella Fund 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 Fund 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.
  • Adolescent girls and young women.
  • People living with HIV.
  • Marginalised populations, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, truckers and fisher-folks.
  • LGBT people.

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

The $13 million Fund is funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, led by the Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU) – in partnership with Frontline AIDS – and implemented through national NGOs and CBOs.

OUR RESULTS

In 2017, we reached:

  • 88,100 people with integrated SRHR and HIV services.
  • 51,560 people with HIV testing and they received their results.
  • 73,350 people with basic counselling on SRHR.

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