Better Outcomes and Livelihoods Development for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda
More than half of the 17.1 million children under the age of 18 in Uganda live in situations that present significant risks to their physical, emotional, and/or mental wellbeing. The Government of Uganda estimates that up to 8.6 million children (50% of all Ugandan children) are moderately or critically vulnerable due to factors including high rates of poverty, disability, high HIV prevalence, low school persistence, and harmful cultural norms and practices that not only put girls and women at disproportionately high risk for HIV but also increase the vulnerability of boys to neglect, abuse, and exploitation.
To address these issues, World Education’s Bantwana Initiative is leading a consortium of development partners to implement the Better Outcomes and Livelihoods Development for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda program, an integrated community approach designed to scale up proven models of health, education, child protection, and youth and livelihoods services while strengthening referrals, networking, and case management systems between community (informal) and district (formal) systems.
Better Outcomes will improve and strengthen capacity and coordination between local government and civil society organizations, ultimately aiming to improve access to comprehensive services and quality of care over time. Specific efforts will be made to address the unique vulnerability of adolescent girls to HIV infection and to expand access to the continuum of HIV services for infected and affected children, youth and caregivers.
Better Outcomes is a five-year program (2015 – 2020), which will operate in 15 districts in eastern and northern Uganda and will reach 60,800 households and 367,000 children and youth with comprehensive services across the HIV continuum of care. World Education/Bantwana is leading a consortium which includes international partner Mercy Corps, and national partners Youth Alive, UWESO, and FOC-REV.