Adolescents/Youth and Children
More than half of the Country’s population is under 24. Most live in the poorest communities, where the leading cause of death for girls 15-19 nationally is complication in pregnancy and childbirth. Over 600,000 adolescents need contraception but don’t have it. Over 600,000 young people need accurate, unbiased information and health care free from judgment we are making sure they get it. We believe sexual and reproductive health care is essential for young people to realize their full potential. Their lives depend on it. Wherever the need is most urgent, our programs ensure young people can make their own decisions about their bodies and choose their own strategies forward.
We ensure children, adolescents and youth, especially the most vulnerable, receive the support and services necessary to lead resilient, healthy, and productive lives.
The program addresses the mutually reinforcing relationship between improving learning outcomes and improving wellbeing and employ a comprehensive approach that merges Uganda’s OVC strengths in acute vulnerability stabilization aimed to contribute to Uganda’s 95 95 95 epidemic control and social resilience goals with education's broad protective effects.
What We Do
• Empower adolescents and youth to make their own decisions and to have improved learning outcomes with safe and healthy community learning environment.
• Youth practice positive behaviors by strengthen health services and are able to make informed decisions about their lives relationships, sexual and reproductive health care and long-acting contraceptives methods without judgement.
• Partner with young people to develop new and creative behavior change strategies and to advocates to foster supportive policies that promotes their health and rights.
Obstetric Fistula (OF) is a Complication of Childbirth Occurring almost Exclusively in Developing Countries. This abnormality results from prolonged obstructed Labour is usually associated with delays in seeking or receiving appropriate emergency obstetric care especially among young adolescents Mothers.
Obstetric Fistula is a public health challenge that is among the previously neglected components of maternal health in the developing world. The condition, which in recent past has increasingly drawn more attention from the public, has devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of both women and girls worldwide. The most common cause of obstetric fistula in developing countries is prolonged obstructed Labour affecting approximately 2 million women and girls across Africa and Asia.
In Uganda, the ministry of Health recognized obstetric fistula as a silent mobility among Ugandan women in 2001 however, strategic measures were not taken until the shocking reports in 2005, where Uganda reported the third-highest prevalence of fistula in the world.it estimated that in Ugand,140,000 women were living with fistula by 2009 however; the Uganda Demographic and Health survey reported a reduction in the prevalence among Ugandan women who had experienced fistula and about 62% of the women suffering from obstetric fistula sought for treatment from the available health facilities.
Fistula still remain a big threat to women and girls and we need to restore the dignity of women and girls suffering from Fistula. The fight to end obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth, could be threatened by the current pandemic of COVID-19. We need to aid the elimination of gender-based social & economic inequities, prevent child marriage & early childbearing, promote girl & boy education, encourage community participation & involve men in reproductive services.”
Obstetric fistula is such a devastating condition because it physically and socially disables women. Besides instigating urine and fecal incontinence, obstetric fistula also affects the health, social, economic and psychological well-being of women.
Economically, this life-long disability does not only affect the productivity of the woman alone but also that of her household and the community
Post – effect of obstetric fistula among survivors;
This time when fistula survivors unanimously experienced dramatic improvement in their lives. These ere manifested through the joy, hope peace of mind and regained courage to continue living and reintegrated into their own families and communities.
Numbers of Fistula survivors continue to experience
And live in fear a rising from the traumatic experiences of how they were treated by both their family members and the general community the time they suffered from fistula. For those who are rejected and abandoned by close family members including their spouses, they continue living in isolation and consequently develop an attitude which looks at relationship as meaningless.
WHAT WE DO
We highlight the importance of uninterrupted access to Obstetric care during this Pandemic Situation and the role of governments in creating an environment that makes it easy for women and girls accessibility to skilled health professionals before, during and after childbirth and most especially, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDP Reintegration and Empowerment program for obstetric Fistula Survivors (REPOFS) addresses the lingering psycho-social, mental health, economic and ongoing health needs of women who have suffered obstetric fistula. Women and girls gain health and sexual reproductive health knowledge, process and heal from psychological wounds, and gain practical income generating skills and financial literacy to rebuild their lives.
Through Power of Art Theatre, Solidarity Groups and Music, Drama, and Dance groups provide on-going support and mentorship, Including Financial support, to help lift women out of poverty. REPOFS aligns with the mission of together women rise as it seeks to end extreme poverty for women and promote education and gender equality.
Strengthening partnerships at all levels on maternal and newborn health and we need to advocate for continuity of reproductive & maternal health services at Health facilities amidst COVID-19
In addition to capacity building, changing attitudes and strengthening the health system, a comprehensive and holistic fistula care approach is required to facilitate the reintegration process and restoration of women dignity.
The main goal is to provide the comprehensive care women need to fully heal from the trauma of fistula and successfully reintegrated into communities. Improve the economic well-being of beneficiaries and their ability to meet their basic needs through the provision of microfinance, entrepreneurship, and income generating activities skill training.
Improve mental health outcomes and family reunification/marital satisfaction among beneficiaries through the provision of psychosocial and family counselling.
To create on-going reintegration support network for beneficiaries through the formation of Fistula Solidarity Groups and Music, Drama and Dance groups and increase Awareness and understanding of their sexual reproductive health rights at local and national level.
Raising more awareness by reaching the communities mobilize and organize the patients for Fistula health camps.
Supporting the Fistula survivors back to communities with no stigmatization and empower them for income generating activists.
Why we Love to do this
Economically, women with fistula are pushed deeper into poverty as they experience workforce discrimination and increased costs in health and hygiene needs. The reintegration program that follows surgical repair allows new beginnings, a restoration of dignity and purpose, confidence and leadership. Educating the community on the risk factors for obstetric fistula is gradually creating cultural shifts and improving overall maternal health in Uganda.
HIV & AIDS
HIV remains one of the most serious global health threats of our time and in Uganda still fueled by poverty. We believe we can end the AIDS epidemic. More people are getting treatment than ever before as many people are getting infected as well. Comprehensive and integrated HIV program initiatives provide a platform on which all sub-population groups are supported to access HIV care treatment and support services. Therefore, we focus on all sub-population groups with differentiated HIV services to increase HIV treatment uptake to improve on treatment outcomes. By keeping the focus on the needs and rights of key populations, particularly sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender women. For Foundation for Development Partners(FDP) to reach epidemic control, there is urgency to address the unique challenges we can prevent new HIV infections and ensure those living with AIDS are empowered to be important people in communities. We focus on a range of activities to reduce HIV transmission among key population’s sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons, and people who inject drugs and to improve their enrollment and retention in care. We accelerate the ability of governments, organizations working with key populations at risk of HIV, and private-sector providers to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and extend the lives of those already living with HIV.
The support to the Key Population (KPs) groups is still minimal due to wrong attitudes by most stakeholders and the Enhanced Prevention Program (EPP), Foundation for Development Partners (FDP) aims at improving the effectiveness of HIV prevention in Communities by enhancing comprehensive HIV prevention and care services amongst Youth, Adolescents, OVC, Female Sex Workers (FSW), their male partners and children.
WHAT WE DO
To improve the livelihood of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children of the high risk women through providing them and their caregivers with access to health care services, psychosocial support and economic empowerment
Expand comprehensive male circumcision services for HIV/AIDS prevention by training health workers to provide the services and by establishing mobile clinics and outreach campaigns to reach more men and boys and increase awareness of condom distribution and demonstration and alcohol abuse in relation to HIV among bar owners.
To increase awareness of HIV risk and vulnerability of high risk women and their male partners among policy makers and stakeholders.
To increase uptake of HIV care and antiretroviral therapy for HIV infected eligible high risk women, their partners, children, youth, adolescent.
Increase access to high-quality HIV/AIDS testing and counseling services and local partners and community members, increase awareness of HIV/AIDS testing and prevention methods, such as voluntary medical male circumcision.
Strengthen referral systems to treatment and prevention services and care for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child
Deliver comprehensive care to people living with HIV and their families at times and locations that are convenient to them
Integrate HIV services with other sexual and reproductive health interventions, recognizing the opportunity to meet people’s needs in a single visit
Challenge restrictive policies and inspire governments to uphold the rights of people living with HIV, especially key populations, adolescents, and women
Support key populations including men who have sex with men, prisoners, female sex workers, and transgender women to make sure they can exercise their rights and receive quality services free from stigma, discrimination, or judgment
EMPOWERING AND SUPPORTING ADOLESCENTS/YOUTH LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN UGANDA
In Uganda People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) experience Physical social, emotional and spiritual pain. The provision of Comprehensive services to PLWHA helps in improving their quality of life. However many PLWHs have limited information on availability of services and how to access them. The access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and accurate information on available services is a human right which needs to be promoted. The production of this Program will contribute towards increasing information on availability of services for PLWHA hence accessibility. It is therefore our role as Foundation for Development Partners (FDP) to ensure that our people have access to the available services.
Our intervention provides basic service information and outlines the role of PLWH network leaders as a means of contributing to the reduction of ill health and the number of deaths related to HIV/AIDS. Therefore, let us make the best use of it.
Comprehensive care package for People living with HIV/AIDS
It is a package composed of medical and nursing care, socio-economic support, psycho-social support, human rights and legal support.
Medicine and nursing care services
- Voluntary Counselling and Testing.
- Management of Opportunistic Infections including TB.
- Antiretroviral Therapy(ART) .
- Laboratory support services( CD4 count and viral load test) .
- Prevention of Mother to Child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) .
- STD management.
- Family Planning services.
- Palliative care; It is care provided to the terminally ill for pain relief. .
Socio-economic support services
- Nutrition support.
- Material support.
- Income generating support.
Psycho-social support services
- Counselling .
- Spiritual support.
- Family and Community support.
Human Rights and Legal support services
- Stigma and discrimination reduction support .
- Will writing support.
- Referral for Legal services Rights education Greater PLHA involvement and participation.
WHAT WE DO
- To Commit to Ending the epidemic and strengthening the health, well-being and human rights of everyone impacted by HIV and helping People living with HIV/AIDS epidemic amid the COVID 19 Pandemic for proper drug adherence response in order to achieve universal access targets. .
- To Empower and increase the Awareness to participants of HIV/AIDS, its impact, its treatment/prevention, management and viability of support system. .
- To solicit and inform well-wishers to donate in-kind and financial support to people living with HIV/AIDS.
- We set “youth and Community life for the future developmental living” campaign? for promoting, improving health (HIV/AIDS prevention strategies) and Sustainable wealth Creation management amongst the communities and PLWHA in Uganda.
- One cannot under estimate the power of Art Theatre and Entertainment (Edutainment) to disseminate information to the young stars in/out schools and the communities at large. FDP through its Drama skirts and focus group discussions in their programs Enterprises set Sustainable Wealth Creation Program “KIKI EKIGANYE” (What is not possible?) and HIV/AIDS awareness Campaign, “MY EYES CAN” to sense and create Awareness. These programs are used in different value chains, in different enterprises and communities. .
- We explore full potential of the youths and communities, with the view of making them well behaved, healthy and better future entrepreneurs through Wealth Creation program; Agriculture, Manufacturing/Processing and Services.
- Engaging youth in entrepreneurship is one sure way of harnessing their potentials and an important means of income generation among young people. .
- Create employment opportunities for the self-employment youth as well as the other young people they employ.
- Brings the marginalized young back into the economic mainstream and giving them a sense of meaning and belonging. .
- Help addressing some of the socio-psychological problems and delinquency among the youth that rise from joblessness. .
- Help youth develop new skills and experiences that can then be applied to other challenges in life. .
- Promote innovation and resilience in youth.
- Promote the revitalization of the local community by providing valuable goods and services.
- To encourage young people to take advantage of every available opportunity and lead the way that entrepreneurship is one of the surest ways we can solve the problem of poverty, unemployment, Condom accessibility and AIDS Free by 2030 in Uganda.
- To set a behavioral intervention programs which aim to get adolescents to recognize their own vulnerability to infection rely on adolescents accurate perceptions of risks and given the vulnerability of young people to HIV, it is of program and policy relevance to better understand the relationship between actual behavioral risk and perception of risk among adolescent in order to help young people protect themselves from negative outcomes.
- To sensitize the people to adequately respond to the social and economic policies, Resource utilization, income generating activities, and value of savings.
- To advocate for cooperation among the community people for human development and the economic growth.
- To initiate and promote developmental programs in all aspects of life.
- To put contribute to the national development strategy by fighting HIV/AIDS and its related hazards.
- To conduct training that safeguard against immoral, and promote good behaviors.
- To encourage the Youth, women and other interested groups in decision making and advocacy implementation within their localities.
- To encourage hard working and identify activities that generates income for the well-being of the people.
- To implement activities that improves Health and Economic status of the disadvantaged woman and girl child.
- To mobilize, raise awareness and re-energizing the communities to improve HIV/AIDS prevention strategies among vulnerable groups’ most especially adolescent girls and Young woman .
TB burden is still notably high with the identification rate below 70%. Treatment success is still too low and declining, loss at follow up, and death rates remain alarmingly high and vary dramatically across the regions in Uganda. TB indicators show that the quality of TB services is still too weak to respond to the current health needs in Uganda. 58% of people with symptoms relating to TB (cough and fever) seek care from private sector, 34% in public health centre IIIs and only 5% in Health Centre IVs (HC IVs) and General Hospitals (GHs). However only 2% of private facilities have diagnostic facility for TB (Microscopy). Where the facilities are more available the care seeking is at most 5%. This is a clear indication of the service gap especially in the private sector. 36% of facilities have diagnostic services for TB, the greatest portion of these being in the public sector and a paltry fraction in the private. Most public facilities from Health Centre III and most Private Not for Profit facilities at a minimum Health Centre IV level have first line medicines for TB in stock, with fewer having second line medicines. Similarly, only 36% of facilities have available TB treatment. When it comes to Drug susceptible TB, in some regions’ treatment coverage remains sub-optimal with just 60% of the annual incident TB cases diagnosed and reached with TB treatment. Loss to follow-up stands at 13%, death 9%, and failures 2%. Treatment success among children is equally low at 69%, 40% of the TB patients are co-infected with HIV. It is for this reason that Foundation for Development Partner Launched Good Health Project-3 - (GHP-3) Ending TB in Uganda consortium initiative comes into play to bring about the changes below in the target areas of intervention;
WHAT WE DO
- Improving the quality of community-level health services for the screening, treatment, follow up of patients affected by drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB.
- Strengthening Health-facility based screening.
- Treatment and follow up of patients with drug sensitive tuberculosis.
- Improve the coordination of district health authorities to improve the quality of screening, treatment and follow-up services, including pharmaceutical supply and stock management.
- Building the capacity of the Community Health Teams, and Multi- Sectoral and Private sector engagement.
Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE)
Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) program has been a voice for young children since 2018 and we do act in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field.
Early Childhood care and education; Refers to programs and provisions for children from prenatal to six years of age, with cater to needs of a child in all domains of development i.e. Physical, motor, language, cognitive (mental, reasoning/thinking), social-emotional, and creative and aesthetic (artistic/visual) appreciation; and ensure synergy (interaction/cooperation) with health and nutrition aspects.
The early childhood education is a term that refers to the period of time from a child’s birth to when they enter kindergarten. And it’s an important time for the children’s lives because it is when they learn how to interact with others, including Peers, Teachers and Parents, and also begin to develop interests that will stay with them throughout their lives.
.ECCE provides an indispensable (vital, necessary/crucial) foundation for lifelong (permanent, lasting/constant learning and development. The quality of parenting and stimulation in infancy plays an important role in enhancing child development and school readiness by proving valuable education and social experiences. However, very little attention is given to ensuring high quality childcare and only a few formal interventions in Uganda focus on the development of children 0-3years, for example, through exercises and play.
In addition, while pre-primary education is considered to have the highest rate of economy returns of all levels of education (World Bank, 2011); the enrolment of children (ages 3 to 5) in pre-primary education remains very low, 9 per cent (MOeS, 2015). This is due to the limited availability of pre-primary programmes particularly in rural communities, and lack of access due to the cost of predominantly private sector pre-primary education in urban areas. Moreover, public funding for ECCE Provision remains negligible (minor/low).
WHY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT
- Basic (simple, plain, undeveloped, uncomplicated) skills.
- Social(shared, collective, public ,community) and emotional skills.
- Partnership is formed between the Child, their Parents and the Teachers.
- General development of the Child’s social, emotional(demonstrative, open) mental(intellectual, spiritual, emotional) and physical(bodily, fleshly) needs.
- Building a solid and broad foundation for lifelong/constant learning and wellbeing.
- A possibility to nurture caring, capable and responsible future citizens.
But it’s a common misperception that early childhood education is only about learning basic skills. It’s so much more than that because it’s the time when the children learn critical social and emotional skills and a partnership is formed between the child, their parents and the Teacher. When this is done successfully, it lays the groundwork for it to continue throughout the child’s education.
Early childhood care and education (ECCE) is more than preparation for primary school.it aims at the general development of a child’s social, emotional, mental and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. ECCE has the possibility to nurture caring, capable and responsible future citizens.
WHAT SPECIFIC OUTCOMES DOES EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE EDUCATION HAVE ON A CHILD’S FUTURE?
- Educators get to know their student’s specific interest at early time
Students build trust.
- Comfort ability of students for constant learning.
- Quick and successful learning.
- Parental involvement as a big component for this relationship.
- Teachers closely work with the families.
- Positive Child’s life.
- Social emotional growth.
- Learning and growth of children.
- Developing leadership skills(for educators) .
- Becoming a reflective(thoughtful) practitioner(expert, doctor) for educators.
The Early childhood Educators really get to know their students and each of their specific interests, when teachers do that, that relationship an really influence the students day to day and build trust and studies have shown that when children are comfortable and trust the people around them, they learn more quickly and successfully.
Parental involvement is also a big component of this relationship – building progress and it’s important for teachers at this level to work closely with the families. When the partnership between teachers and the family is successful, we see that resounding positively throughout the child’s life.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS :
Learning Framework for Early Childhood years 3-6
The Framework is outcomes and competence based. It focuses on results rather than on goals, aims and objectives. This guide puts great emphasis on observable and measurable skills, knowledge and values to be acquired by the children in the following areas ;< /p>
- Personality and emotional relationship.
- Communication, Language and literacy.
- Problem-Solving and mathematical concepts.
- Knowing and understanding of the world.
- Physical development.
- Creative development.
The Learning Framework condemns examinations that are given to young children. Great emphasis is put on Continuous Assessment.
The production of the learning Framework for ECD by (NCDC) National Curriculum Development Centre is a major breakthrough for ECD and great encouragement for all stakeholders especially committed to this education sector.
It has been designed to allow every Ugandan child to enjoy the right to development whether at home, at a formal or a semi-formal or pre-school. For effective implementation the Framework was translated into Kiswahili and 16 local Languages namely;
WHAT WE DO
The program role is to effectively advocate for young children and champion for quality outcomes in early childhood education and care.
Early Childhood Development and Education draws on the broad experiences and expertise of our members in our advocacy work. We take a strong evidence based approach to advocacy and conduct and commission research and reviews to inform our rigorous position on policy matters.
water, sanitation and hygiene
We know that improved water, sanitation, and hygiene change everything. That’s why we’re committed to making sure these services are sustainable for the long term. Partnering with other community organizations, local leaders and communities to implement the solutions that are right for them, and then we provide the tools to make sure water, sanitation, and hygiene services last for generations to come.
WHAT WE DO
The “CONVERSATION” as a community tool strategy.
- The importance of a Conversation; - Conversation is the centre of sociality of collective understanding and organizing. Organized talks allow people to engage with others, creates community, learn together, or simply share experiences without going any further. This also contributes to the recognition of a dialogical Approach has been significant to the practices with which communities has been connected.
- FDP fully mobilizes communities for sensitization and train CBOs, SACCOs, VHTs, Women Groups Youth Groups and Community Leaders as community peer educators to implement the Hygiene and sanitation programs visiting homes through one-on-one outreaches under the guidance of FDP project department.
- We partner with other stakeholder and community leaders to create awareness and distribute water Purifier and clear & clean available wells for sustainability maintenance.
Contraception & Family Planning
Access to family planning remains one of the challenges youth and adolescent girls face notwithstanding the community attitudes, responses and knowledge and it has increased the number of teenage pregnancies because of stigmatization.
WHAT WE DO
To mobilize men, religious leaders, Community role models and other key players on community Advisory board ( CAB) to eliminate all biases and misconceptions that can prevent contraceptive use with a need to make sure short-term, long-acting, permanent, and emergency contraception are always available so people of all ages can choose the method that’s best for them while supported by our Village health teams/ community health workers to strengthen health centers, satellite clinics and so more people in more places have access to the contraceptive information and services they need.
Foundation for Development Partners Response to Covid-19
Building community and health system resilience during a crisis
As COVID-19 rages on, FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS is working with local governments in the country to forge stronger health and social systems that maintain health services, The world’s attention has been focused to COVID-19 pandemic on health and how pandemics affect lives and liveshoods. COVID-19 is showing once again how health is interlinked with other critical issues, such as reducing inequality,human rights,gender equality,social protection and economic growth.
Back ”on - Track" Targets to Accelerate HIV response and to End AIDS by 2030
Ending AIDS, a public health threat means that by year 2030 there's; Zero new infections, Zero stigma and discrimination, Zero AIDS related death, Test & Treat.
On June 6, 2017, His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Uganda Launched the Presidential Fast- Track Initiative to end AIDS as a public health threat in Uganda by 2030.
In Uganda, HIV/AIDS is recognized as a grave public health and social development concern. Fueled by poverty, gender inequality, lack of information and prevention services, adolescents in particular, are exposed to the risks of HIV infection and eventually AIDS.
WHAT WE DO
Every year we consider equitable Access for everyone voice at commemoration World AIDS Day, joining people around the world unite to show support for people living and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost lives to AIDS.
This day is an opportunity for Foundation for Development Partners, public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world. Again we call upon you to be part of Foundation for development partners, People living with HIV/AIDS to donate with the purpose of helping PLWHA.
Through ‘MY EYES CAN’ Program HIV/AIDS Awareness drama skits and sports gala as part FDP Edutainment skill approach and it shows that we can forget the power of art culture to disseminate the information to the public on Televisions/social Media and Theatre for development platform and much welcomed by Youth/Adolescents.
Community HIV/AIDS Group discussion, interviews and condom distribution and HIV/AIDS Live talk shows, conducting People living with HIV/AIDS Testimonies, and team up with community Leaders and Humanitarians to mobilize for drug adherence, HIV Counselling and Testing and to encourage community Covid -19awareness and Vaccinations.
To Commit to Ending the epidemic and strengthening the health, well-being and human rights of everyone impacted by HIV and helping People living with HIV/AIDS epidemic amid the COVID 19 Pandemic for proper drug adherence response in order to achieve universal access targets.
To Empower and increase the Awareness to participants of HIV/AIDS, its impact, its treatment/prevention, management and viability of support system.