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Fifty years ago, it was hard for women to obtain contraception and relatively easy to die giving birth. Many women were unable to decide whom and when to marry, and when or whether to have children.

A worldwide movement to give women real choices in life culminated in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), where a consensus was reached about the links between women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, and rights and sustainable development.

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Looking back on our work in 2018, we made great strides in fulfilling our promise to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern Africa (ESA).Through our evidence-based advocacy and strategic engagement with different partners and stakeholders, we contributed to transforming the policy environment in the region. Many countries in the ESA region introduced and revised progressive policies regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially on HIV prevention, child marriage and comprehensive sexuality education.

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The study focused on the linkage between drought and access to quality SRH and GBV services, occurrence, magnitude and the most common forms of GBV, drivers of GBV and existing community protection structures for promoting SRH and preventing GBV. 

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Partnership between UNFPA Uganda and Korea International Cooperation Agency is supporting efforts to prevent adolescent pregnancy and reap the girl effect.  One of the highlights is the Live Your Dream Campaign that uses multimedia to empower girls to avoid early pregnancy.

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UNFPA supports the Ministry of Health in Uganda to ensure that every woman, girl, boy and man can access Reproductive Health commodities of their choice whenever theyneed them.  In addition, the government of Uganda and partners have employed various approaches in an attempt to promote reproductive health commodity security.  However, monitoring reports from the Government of Uganda /UNFPA Country programme have consistently revealed intermittent stock outs of some commodities and overstocks of others, both at central level and service delivery levels.

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Linked together in a complex cycle of causes and consequences, sexual and reproductive ill health including HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) remain major public health concerns for Uganda. With one of the world’s highest total fertility rates (TFR) at 5.4, Uganda has one of the youngest and most rapidly growing populations. Integrating Sexual and Reproductive health and Rights and SGBV services can provide a platform for reaching young people and women with HIV prevention, care, and treatment interventions.

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The growing number of specialized courts and judicial initiatives in Uganda and the varied approaches they take indicate that the judiciary, government, communities and service providers are searching for effective solutions to challenges in the justice system. Currently, there is no province wide approach to specialized courts that engages the government and the judiciary jointly. This policy brief establishes a structured approach for current and future specialized courts that is rooted in validated practice, research and other approaches which engage the judiciary, justice system partners and other parties.

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Not so long ago, most people had large families: five children, on average. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with differences wider than at any point in human history.

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UNFPA the United Nations Population Fund works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. We are also the leading United Nations agency that supports the Government of Uganda to generate data for planning and decision making. We ensure empowerment of women, adolescents and young people to live their dreams and fulfil their potential.  UNFPA is active in 54 districts across Uganda, including these that host refugees.

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The population of Uganda is  currently  projected  at  about  39  million  people  and  it  is  expected  to  double  in  the  next  20 years. Currently Uganda has one of the youngest and most rapidly growing population in world, with the population aged 15 years below constituting more than half the total population.   The  Country  is  therefore,  at  a  critical  and  defining  moment  because  the  most  important  demographic issue  for  Uganda is  related  to  the  age  structure  rather  the  overall  size  of  its  population.  Changes  in  the age structure of the population may bring about a demographic dividend that can be captured to produce a  virtuous  cycle  of  economic  growth  with  right  policy  framework.  

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