Birds and the Bees consultation report

                                                                                                                                      Consultation with deaf young people in Uganda Jinja

We’re working with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf and Sign Health Uganda to develop a project called the Birds and the Bees. The project teaches deaf young people about sexual and reproductive health so that they in turn can give advice, counselling and training to other deaf young people. They become ‘peer educators’, showing others how to use condoms, and explaining about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

 Find out more about our Birds and the Bees consultation report 

IWD 2016 Innocent Kusiima Birds and Bees  As well as helping to educate others, the project gives peer educators a new sense of purpose. Innocent (25) said:

“We must fight for our rights, but you can only fight for them if you know them. I see deaf young people remembering information I’ve shared with them from training and see them helping each other – that makes me proud.”

 

Deafness is the most common disability in Uganda, affecting more than 360,000 people under 18. Yet deaf young people are often overlooked when it comes to their sexual health – an issue which can be deadly, with AIDS-related illnesses being the leading cause of adolescent mortality in Africa. They often miss out on conversations about relationships, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases because they’re unable to communicate with peers, teachers and health workers. As a result, deaf young people are often unaware of when sexual behaviour towards them constitutes abuse, or they may participate because they’re uninformed about the possible consequences.

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