Denmark Funds Reproductive Health Services in Refugee Camps

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The project, codenamed Women Adolescents and Youth-WAY, is implemented by the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA in the districts of Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, Kitgum, Lamwo, Agago and Amuru. It will run for the next five years.

The Danish Embassy has injected over USD 13 million (50 billion Shillings) to promote reproductive health among Women, Adolescents and the Youth in Refugee camps and host communities.

The project, code-named Women Adolescents and Youth-WAY,  is implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the districts of Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, Kitgum, Lamwo, Agago and Amuru. It will run for the next five years.

Speaking during the launch at Arua Hill grounds, State Minister for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny decried the breakdown of social systems, which she says has led to moral degeneration and problems for the Women, Youth and Adolescents.

She called on the leaders in the eight districts to understand the program, own it and monitor its implementation.
 
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Meanwhile, the LCV leaders of the eight benefiting districts pledged to ensure the project bears fruit for the intended beneficiaries. According to the leaders, challenges of reproductive health in the selected districts have been a constraint in achieving economic growth.
 
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According to the Danish Ambassador to Uganda Morgens Pedersen, northern Uganda continues to face increasing Gender-Based Violence and other forms of reproductive Health challenges. He is optimistic that the program will enable Women, Adolescents and Youth to make informed decisions about their lives.
 
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Currently, there are over 1.3 million refugees in West Nile and Acholi regions and these together with the local communities will receive reproductive health services at all the health units.