End Teenage Cancer and Earlier Marriages in Uganda

End Teenage Cancer and Earlier Marriages in Uganda

Campaign by World Action Fund - Kampala, Uganda
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Goal is $15,500
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About this Campaign

The purpose of this project is in two folds:
(a) increase access to specialized care for 500 poor children with cancer in Uganda. This will be achieved by providing accommodation, food, daily transport to hospital and counseling services to the most vulnerable children who have traveled far away from their homes with their care givers to seek treatment.

Children with cancer in Uganda can only receive specialized treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute in the capital city in Kampala.

Solution 1:

The project will provide a "home away from home" for the poorest children and their caretakers. The hostel will provide accommodation, three nutritious meals per day, daily transport from the hostel to the cancer institute, counseling, play and music therapy. This will remove the burden of care from the families and it will enable them to focus on getting treatment and getting better.

(b) train 50 adolescent pregnant girls, teenage mothers and young women in vocational skills and soft skills as an approach to reduce poverty and malnutrition among families hosting teenage pregnant girls, adolescent mothers and young women in an effort to end early marriages in Terego district.

The teenage pregnancy rate of 25% in Uganda is worrying though it may seem low compared to 28% in Sub-Saharan countries and West and Central Africa. Young mothers in Uganda risk poor maternal and child health, being isolated, attempting unsafe abortions, failure to continue with school, and poverty.

A total of over 654,736 teenage pregnancies were registered in 2021, According to UNICEF estimates

The soft skills will include material-based basic entrepreneurship training and financial literacy targeting the teenagers and young women 14-30 years old.

Solution 2:

Morso the project will empower adolescent girls 10-19 to make informed choices around Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHRs) that will have lifelong impact. Empowerment will be measured by changes on knowledge, agency & outcomes of young people. One critical measure will be % of 15-19 year old girls currently using a modern method of contraception (including condom) which will help us measure behaviour change for those who are sexually active. For 10-14 year olds, knowledge combined with attitudinal milestones will be used to measure knowledge & agency. Targets will be set following the district specific baseline. It is critical that we also work on creating an enabling environment at community level so that young people can access their rights with full family & community leader support.

Use of Funds

To support costs of accommodation, food, travel to hospital etc are a barrier to receiving the services and over 50% of the children default on treatment and return to the villages before completing treatment. This results in unnecessary death of the children from curable cancers.

Teen Mothers/Adolescents:
The funds will be used to support adolescent girls, young women and disable females especially those under disadvantaged conditions, need to “catch up” quickly in terms of skill training suitable for productive employment in the short term, and broad-based economic growth in the medium and long term.

Given the key roles they play in their households and in society in general and because of their initial disadvantaged circumstances when compared to their male peers and non-vulnerable children and youth, disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women need additional policy and program efforts to achieve better outcomes.

To support in innovative and effective training programs specifically targeting the promotion of successful entry of girls and young women into productive employment are needed.

Creates important entry points for employment promotion for young adolescent girls and young women through preparing them for income-generating activities.