HEALTH

Sexual and reproductive health rights

Sexual and reproductive health rights are important for everyone and FIRD seeks to promote sexual Reproductive health and rights of women , girls,  boys and youths in post conflict Northern Uganda by strengthening access to information, community Mobile health services , community sensitization on health rights and responsibilities and  advocating for health care  to promote healthy communities .

SCALING UP THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS.

Recent estimates suggest that the annual number of new HIV infections increased by 11.4% from 115,775 in 2007/08 to 128,980 in 2010/11 (UAC 2011). And there are an estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in Uganda, which includes 150,000 children, 64,000 people estimated to have died from AIDS and 1.2 million children have been orphaned by Uganda's devastating epidemic.

Uganda is often held up as a model for Africa in the fight against HIV and AIDS and FIRD’s interventions seek to build into the government’s vision and goals by strengthening the  systems for delivery of quality HIV/AIDS health and non-Health systems and the  Fight against HIV/AIDS through  behavioral change programs among women , men , youths , PWDS and persons Living with HIV/AIDS.

Projects Implemented Under HIV

  • Implemented a project on family support funded by CHAI. The program involved supporting Orphans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Kwera Sub-County ( 2005, Closed )

  • Implemented a project on protection of vulnerable adolescents in Aloi sub-county, Lira District in partnership with Cooperazione Italiana Nord Sud (CINS) with funding from UNICEF. And trained over 200 formerly abducted children, child mothers, orphans and children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. ( 2007, Closed )

  • A pilot project on HIV/AIDS control and prevention in Agwatta sub-county with Funding from Norwegian Agro-forest Group (NAG) in partnership with NORAD ( 2009- 2010, closed)

IMPROVED WATER, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE PRACTICES.

FIRD promotes access to water to rural communities that are under-served in northern Uganda. As a community based organization, FIRD seeks to promote healthy communities and households with safe water, sufficient and reliable drinking water, improved sanitation and strengthen   positive hygiene behavior change.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

GENDER-BASED violence is a multifaceted serious human rights and public health concern globally.  In Uganda one in three women have experienced various forms of violence.

Violence against women refers to violent acts that are primarily or exclusively committed against women. Similar to a hate crime, this type of violence targets a specific group with the victim's gender as a primary motive.

FIRD’s Interventions seek to strengthen the multi-sectoral model (primary and secondary) prevention efforts with salient services from all relevant sectors to strengthen a holistic strategy that is responsive to the manifold needs of survivors and engage in activism taking on action against injustices to create social change.