In Busia district as the case in many other districts of Uganda, access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention remains limited, impacting the health and well-being of individuals and communities, recognizing this challenge, Get Water Uganda has been implementing targeted interventions to address these issues since 2023.

Globally, there are approximately 214 million women with unmet needs for modern contraception, contributing to high fertility rates, unintended pregnancies, and maternal mortality. Additionally, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain significant public health challenges, particularly in low-resource settings. In Uganda, the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) is lower in rural areas compared to urban areas, contributing to high fertility rates and limited birth spacing. Maternal mortality remains a concern, exacerbated by limited access to information and skilled birth attendants. Moreover, HIV/AIDS prevalence is higher in rural areas with limited awareness and prevention efforts targeting these communities.

Get Water Uganda is actively engaged in addressing these challenges through targeted interventions tailored to the unique needs of rural remote areas. Our initiatives include:

Family planning and Reproductive Health services: We conduct outreach programs to provide comprehensive family planning and reproductive health education. We promote awareness and uptake of family planning methods, empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

Safe Motherhood and Birth Spacing: We promote safe motherhood practices by advocating for the importance of spacing pregnancies, we aim to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and improve maternal and child health outcomes.

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexual Rights: We integrate HIV/AIDS prevention education into our SRH programs, promoting voluntary condom use and stigma reduction. Additionally, we advocate for sexual rights and gender equality, empowering women and girls to assert their reproductive autonomy and access SRH services without discrimination or coercion.

Puberty education: We provide puberty education sessions in schools and community settings, equipping adolescents with knowledge and skills to navigate puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. Through youth-led initiatives, we promote peer-to-peer support networks and advocacy for youth-friendly SRH services.