Through the support of trained peer educators in both Jinja and Mayuge, Young people are supported to embrace their sexuality by making it easy for them to access information regarding Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights targeting people between 10-24 years. The target population in East Central Uganda is characterized by high teenage pregnancy accounting for 30.3%, high HIV prevalence of about 7.2%, early marriages with the median age of first marriage being 17.3 years, and a high fertility rate of 7.5.
Objectives of Get Up Speak Out
Implemented together with partners in the SRHR Alliance, Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) is a 5 year (2016-2020) strategic partnership between the Netherlands MoFA and the GUSO consortium (dance4life, Rutgers, Simavi, Stop Aid Now, Choice and IPPF). GUSO is building on Access Skills and Knowledge (ASK) achievements and lessons learned implemented by the SRHR Alliance. RAHU implements the GUSO project in Jinja and Mayuge districts.
20 Young people from each district are chosen and trained with different skills, empowered with communication regarding SRHR and they become peer educators. The selected and trained young people take on a mandate to become the voice of other young people. They also engage in different activities that enable them to support other young people by imparting information and skills regarding SRHR so as to enable their counterparts to make informed decisions.