Uganda Gets Dutch Envoy For Reproductive Health

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The Dutch government has appointed a special envoy to advise Uganda sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS.

The Dutch government has appointed a special envoy to advise Uganda on sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS.

Dutch Ambassador to Uganda, Alphons Hennekens says the special envoy has been appointed  because of Uganda's high fertility rates.

He says Lambert Grijns will advise the country how to close the current are gaps in provision of sexual and reproductive health services.

Lambert will work closely with the health ministry , population secretariat and reproductive health Uganda together with other partners in Sexual Reproductive Health to design programs aimed at preventing HIV/AIDS, early pregnancies and abortions through sex education.
 
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According to Anslem Wandega, executive director Rutgers Uganda, an international organisation that is also being supported by the Dutch government, the appointment of a special envoy will help organizations to create easy linkage between organizations and the government.
Wandega says there has been uncoordinated implementation of programs between the government and the civil society organizations in provision of sexual reproduction services.
 
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According to the population secretariat, Uganda has a population of 35 million 80% of which  younger than 30 years. Uganda's population growth rate is estimated at 3% while the fertility rate is at 6.2% one of the highest in the world.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).