Compared to adult reproductive health, adolescent health poses a major health burden on the Ugandan health care system, since over 77% of Uganda’s population is under 25 years.
Our reproductive health program targets adolescents and teenagers, mainly because many times teenage girls are getting pregnant young. Uganda has a teenage pregnancy rate of 25%, and when most girls get pregnant young, many times they have an inadequate pelvis, which leads into obstructed labour, therefore teenage pregnancies are leading to bad outcomes of labour and then contributing to the high maternal mortality rate in Uganda.
Compared to adult reproductive health, adolescent health poses a major health burden on the Ugandan health care system, since over 77% of Uganda’s population is under 25 years. Adolescent health in Uganda presents diverse complications like early pregnancy, high rates of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, challenges in accessing contraception and inaccessible healthcare. According to the WHO 2008 assessment “Reproductive and sexual ill-health accounts for 20% of the global burden of ill-health for women, and 14% for men.
According to The Guttmacher institute report, new data shows serious gaps in sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent women in Uganda. New research findings from this report indicate that:
An estimated 648,000 women aged 15–19 in Uganda are sexually active and do not want a child in the next two years. However, among this group, more than 60% have an unmet need for modern contraception, meaning that they either use no contraceptive method or use a traditional method of contraception. Approximately half of all pregnancies among women aged 15–19 in Uganda are unintended, totaling an estimated 214,000 unintended pregnancies each year. The overwhelming majority (88%) of these pregnancies occur among adolescents with an unmet need for modern contraception.
Many of the 249,000 adolescent women who give birth each year do not receive the essential components of maternal and newborn care recommended by the World Health Organization and the Ugandan Ministry of Health. For example, half do not receive the recommended number of antenatal care visits and one-third do not give birth in a health facility.
What we do
Through our reproductive health programs, we empower the girls and implore the boys. We implore the girls with knowledge concerning their sexuality and we also implore the boys to support the girls because it’s very important that girls are also supported by the boys for them not to be getting pregnant young.
- Uterine Fibroids.
- Gynaecologic Cancer.
- Interstitial Cystitis.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Sexual Violence.
Through our medical missions, we avail the youth with full access to reproductive health care, educate them, give them counsel and also make information accessible to them to empower to make wise decisions. At jungle we have purposed to create a safe environment, where we deliver adequate and accurate reproductive health information, and services to the budding youth of Uganda and this includes youth counselling services, HIV and AIDs and family planning services.
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