Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda

The Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda project critical HIV and social protection services to 15,000 families and 90,000 children across 20 districts in eastern and northern Uganda.

Funder

PEPFAR/USAID

Location

20 DISTRICTS IN EASTERN AND NORTHERN UGANDA

Dates

2015 - 2020

Building Better Outcomes

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 Ugandan government estimates that 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. To address these issues, we lead a consortium of development partners to implement an integrated community approach designed to scale up proven models of health, education, child protection, parenting, and youth and livelihoods services while strengthening clinic- community referrals systems across 20 districts in Eastern and Northern Uganda. Our HIV and health services are delivered and coordinated through a proven case management model, supported by our trained para-social workers (PSWs) that are linked to Uganda’s formal child protection system.

Key initiatives include:
  • Building family resiliency through household economic strengthening, parenting skills, and an integrated HIV and violence prevention and response package that addresses the differentiated needs of in- and out-of-school children and youth.
  • Linking all protection actors together through our innovated Closed User group network phone line to improve response and service delivery around critical protection issues which complements and strengthens Uganda’s Child Helpline and is feeding into the development of a national case management system.
  • Layering gender-based violence and HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health services, and HIV testing services onto economic strengthening, life skills education, and girls empowerment clubs and mobilizes children and youth to access to services across the HIV continuum of care.