Meet and greet: Juliet makes a difference to the lives of young people
May 21, 2014
Juliet Alupo from Uganda participated in a training to increase the quality and effectiveness of her organisation’s SRHR and HIV prevention programme for youth. “In future I hope to see young people living positive lives, remaining faithful to their decisions”. Meet Juliet!
During the training, what was for you an eye-opener?
There were quite a few! The need to measure activities on outcome level and to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation in all our programmes, for instance. Also, I learned that we have to make sure to involve staff, adolescents, stakeholders and partner organisations in developing effective adolescent education on sexual rights and behaviour change.
What changes have you already made to your programme (based on training)?
The knowledge acquired about the five determinants - attitude, knowledge, risk perception, social influence, self-efficacy - has influenced our adolescents to change their behaviour in the community and being confident enough to come for the services. We have organised workshops with the different adolescent centres to share knowledge and skills in sexual and reproductive health for youth. And we created youth friendly services like an adolescent HIV clinic. Here we provide basic, understandable information about HIV, positive living and how to deal with stigma, tailored to adolescents.
What do you see as the main challenge for your programme?
Stigma amongst adolescent girls remains a huge challenge. They are afraid to disclose their status to their partners. They have high expectations from Nurture Africa to support them in this, which is sometimes difficult. At the same time we experience low involvement of men especially in SRH services. Ignorance of their partners strengthens the fear of the girls to be open about their status.
Why do you think it’s important that these trainings exist?
This training supports organisations to capacity build staff to offer quality care and interventions to young people. With the skills acquired in the training we are able to encourage adolescents to be open and disclose hence reduce stigma.
What is your dream for the future?
In future I hope to see young people living positive lives, remaining faithful to their decisions. A 100% behaviour change towards SRH services and elimination of stigma and discrimination amongst young people. Towards an AIDS free generation!
Meet Merian, too!
Merian is a trainer. She supports organisations in the field to increase the quality of SRHR and HIV prevention programmes for youth. Merian facilitated the training Juliet participated in. Meet Merian!
Nurture Africa is a paediatric medical centre providing primary health care to vulnerable children, HIV/AIDS comprehensive care to children, adolescent girls and guardians infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS with in the communities of Nansana Town Council, Nabweru Sub County, Mende Sub County, Wakiso Sub county& Town council and Kasambya in Mubende in Uganda.
This article has appeared in the STOP AIDS NOW! e-news May 2014.