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As of 2015, 1,500,000 people were living with HIV in Uganda. Among adults, HIV prevalence among adults aged 15-49 stands at 7.1%; while among women it stands at 8.3%. Evidence-based prevention programs, such as condom programming, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), key population programs, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and antiretroviral therapy (ART) are cost-effective when they focus on those affected most. But we still have a long way to go.

 
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Empowering women to choose the number, timing, and spacing of their pregnancies is not only a matter of health and human rights but also touches on many multisectoral determinants vital to sustainable development, including women’s education and status in society. Without universal access to family planning and reproductive health, the impact and effectiveness of other interventions will be less, will cost more, and will take longer to achieve. The government of Uganda must make modern family planning an even higher priority to expand women’s method choice and uptake. Emphasis should be on long acting reversible methods which are more effective and less expensive and will save more mothers and children in a more cost effective way. 

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Fifty eight (58) Percent of women and girls in Uganda think that wife beating is justified (UDHS, 2011). Yet, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 5 calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, the end of all forms of gender-based discrimination, anthe elimination of harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).UNFPA’s work to mobilize key stakeholders in violence prevention contributes to the Fund’s larger task of leading the United Nations system in furthering gender equality and women’s empowerment
 
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Access to safe, affordable and voluntary Family Planning is a fundamental human right. Family Planning is central to gender equality and women’s empowerment and is a key driver of all the 17 sustainable development goals. Equally, one of the most cost-effective health interventions in the developing world.  For decades, research has proven that for a relatively modest investment, family planning saves lives and improves maternal and child health outcomes, promotes gender equality, and lifts families out of poverty by helping women have fewer children and freeing them to participate in the labour-force. 
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The Youth Enterprise Model (YEM) 2.0 targets young people in enterprise including the most vulnerable refugee youth. young people will be supported with skills building, business training, mentorship, health services and information, incubation, financing and resourcing to respond to development challenges. The programme will target young people at all levels including the out of school, secondary school graduates and those from tertiary institutions.   Successful young people from  will be supported to provide mentorship and coaching to young innovators in both the formal and informal sector. The programme will be modular and can be modified to suit different challenge areas that are affecting young people in different regions of the country.  
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UNFPA Uganda has integrated family planning into various other social and economic initiatives that ensure the overall well-being of individuals and communities becomes a reality. During 2016, we integrated family planning into agricultural extension activities, as
well as livelihoods and youth empowerment programmes. In addition, and as a result of UNFPA’s support, nine major cultural institutions and seven faith denominations have drafted and endorsed their own family planning messages as it relates to harmful cultural practices.
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In the next 30 years, Uganda envisions a transformation from a peasant to a modern and prosperous society, with a per capita GDP of USD 9,500 by 2040 as detailed in ision 2040. Vision 2040 also acknowledges that the only single factor that will stop Uganda from attaining middle income status is the population growth rate, characterized by a young age structure and consequent high child dependency burden. Uganda has therefore pronounced itself onharnessing the demographic dividend, as a key strategy to achieving Vision 2040.
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All the countries supported by the Joint Programme have put in place a functional national coordination mechanism, and have continued to implement an integrated and comprehensive approach towards galvanizing the new social norm of keeping girls intact.
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Uganda needs more midwives now than ever before

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Investing in 10-year-old girls could yield huge demographic dividend, pump billions into national economies.

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