H.E Alphons Hennekens, information pills hospital http://cocomoonthesea.com/wp-includes/simplepie/caption.php Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda has urged government to renew its commitment to improving sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region because of its enormous impact on the lives of its citizens.
The envoy was on Thursday officiating at the launch of the first Rutgers East Africa office in Uganda, a registered international non-governmental organization which envisages a world where all people are able to make their own sexual and reproductive choices, free from discrimination, coercion and violence the ambassador said,
“In line with vision2040, Uganda’s economy has been growing very fast and this has come with enormous challenge as over 80% of the people here are youth and with very active sexual urged that needs to be protected”With over 80% of Ugandan youth population younger than 30 years and the growth rate posed at 2.9% with the highest fertility rate at 6.2%, Alphons believes the only way to solve this challenge is to tame the population with quality sexual reproductive health issues.
He highlighted high prevalence of teenage pregnancies early marriage, high maternal mortality and morbidity, gender-based violence and new and undiagnosed HIV infections some of the problems that Uganda and east Africa need to address urgently.
When young people especially young girls, he added, are able to make independent and informed choices about their own bodies sexual and reproductive health will improve.
Since 1998 Rutgers has been supporting partners in the region to work on sexual and reproductive health and rights and change lives. In Uganda, this includes training health and educational professionals how to deliver sexual and reproductive health care to young people.
“An office in Uganda will enable us learn and understand better the context and needs for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region. This will help us to adapt and improve our programmes. Being in Uganda means we can better coordinate, manage and provide technical support to our partners in the region,’ says Dianda Veldman, Rutgers’s Executive Director.
On his part, the Hon. Minister of State for Health for General Duties, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi pledged government support to addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in the country.