A cross section of stakeholders in health sector and local government are meeting in Kampala to take stock on the state of adolescent health in Uganda.
The conference that began on Wednesday brings together medical personnel, this web http://couponadventures.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/controller.php CAOs, pharmacy http://cnafinance.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-symposium-pro/forums/wps_forum_hooks_and_filters.php DHOs, for sale Village Health Teams and development partners.
Speaking to ChimpReports on the sidelines of the conference, USAID senior pediatrics and HIV/AIDS specialist Dr Edson Muhwezi said Uganda is still lagging behind in issues concerning adolescent health.
“We are supposed to have youth friendly services but we stand at 15 percent currently. Expansion of services is still low and not institutionalized. The reliance on aid isn’t sustainable” he said.
He went on to say issues like comprehensive sexual education and curriculum development are still dragging.
Dr. Muhwezi says parents as stakeholders haven’t also done enough due to the existing cultural differences.
“Parents find it hard to discuss sexual matters with children. They lack skills to bring out this information but some don’t even have the information” he added.
Outstanding issues raised by participants included: sexual harassment, lack of school nurses and counselors and abortion.
Speaking during the conference, Ismael Mulindwa the assistant commissioner for private secondary schools, Ministry of Education said Uganda is progressing in line with ESA [East and South Africa] commitments.
Education ministers in 20 east and southern Africa countries met in South Africa in 2013 and endorsed the 10 ESA commitments to deal with adolescent health.
The key objective was to bring education and health sectors together in efforts to expand access to quality sexuality education.
So far, Uganda has made steps in achieving EASA commitments including: developing a curriculum on sexual health, multi-sectorial cooperation and reviewing laws.
The NRM Party Electoral Commission chairperson Dr. Tanga Odoi has revealed that more than 1, order http://coventryrugby.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-themes-list-table.php 500 aspirants have picked forms to stand as Members of Parliament.
Addressing journalists on Thursday in Kampala, recipe http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/post-thumbnail-template.php Dr. Tanga said that the party has registered an increase in the number of people aspiring to participate in the party primaries.
“We have got 1, http://cosmoveda.de/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-importer.php 550 people picking expression of interest forms for being Members of Parliament, 410 Woman MPs, and the biggest number of aspirants coming from Western Uganda,” Dr. Tanga said on Thursday.
He said that the Western region is followed by the East, Central and Northern regions respectively whereas the East leads in District Woman MP aspirants.
The NRM EC Chairperson said he expects that by closure of business on Friday, more people will have picked expression of interest forms to stand in the primaries.
Dr Tanga said he would not consider extending the deadline for picking of the expression of interest forms for the benefit of anyone, adding that this would only happen on instructions of the Central Executive Committee.
“By the closure of business at 6:00pm tomorrow, we will have declared the vacant positions and if there is any window to open because of rumblings and changes in Parliament, those will be allowed in as special consideration after getting a write-up from Parliament and relevant organs in the party.”
Parliament is creating more counties which would automatically give birth to new constituencies.
The NRM EC Chairperson said there will be a special consideration for newly and yet-to-be created constituencies as will be deemed fit by parliament.
Dr Tanga said all positions were contested apart from the positions of national party chairmanship and 2016 presidential election flag-bearer where only President Museveni has shown interest.
“We are ready to welcome any aspirant. Even those who have changed their mind, the door is wide open.”
President Museveni’s nomination is scheduled for Friday morning.
Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi is yet to announce when he would seek nomination for the two vacant positions.