COUNTRY OVERVIEW AND PROJECT BACKGROUND
Uganda is facing serious health challenges. Approximately 6.3% of the adult population (15-59) is estimated to be HIV positive (2004-05 Seroprevalence Survey); the country’s total fertility rate is stagnant at 6.7 (UDHS 2006, preliminary); and malaria is endemic in 95% of the country. Leading government, nongovernmental, parastatal, community-based, and private sector institutions are working to address these issues. USAID’s Associate Award (AA) with, and field support to, the Health Communication Partnership (HCP) has supported these institutions to develop social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in support of antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV prevention, youth development, family planning (FP), and malaria control. Together, we have created well-received campaigns and vehicles for challenging norms, stimulating discussion, and encouraging behavior change around prevention, treatment, and underlying issues, such as gender inequity and transactional sex.
Below is a summary of HCP activities supported b the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda:
1) Associate Award number 617-A-00-02-00008-00 for a National Sexual and Reproductive Health/Behavior Change Communication Program for Young People, referred to in this document as the Young Empowered and Healthy (YEAH) campaign;
2) Field Support funding for technical assistance to the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to improve its communication among partners and the public concerning the new malaria treatment policy and malaria in pregnancy;
3) Field Support funding for technical assistance to the Ministry of Health AIDS Control Programme and the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) for Implementation of national ART communication strategies; and,
4) Field Support funding for technical assistance to the Ministry of Health Reproductive Health Division and the Family Planning Revitalization Working Group for family planning communication.
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
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