Your opportunity to learn more from Ugandan deaf young people

We’re working with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf and Sign Health Uganda to develop the ‘Birds and the Bees’ project. The aim of the project is to teach 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.

Consultation with deaf young people in Uganda Jinja

The project will give young deaf leaders training in communication skills, confidence and leadership, as well as extensive sexual and reproductive health information, so that they can establish youth groups and networks in their communities and reach other deaf young people to provide advice and support.
This report summarises a series of consultation activities that were held with the deaf young people during April 2017, which explored their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and their experiences of accessing information and support. The aim of the consultation was to obtain information to assist in the development of ‘Birds and the Bees’, to ensure that it is designed in a way that deaf young people feel is both effective and accessible.

Uganda consultation quote 1

Here is your opportunity to learn more from our Birds and the Bees consultation and the experiences of deaf young people from Uganda.

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.”

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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 go along with these behaviours as they’re uninformed about the possible consequences.

 Uganda consultation quote 3

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