Marie Stopes Joins Hands To Support Youth In Sports

It was a bright Friday afternoon of the 9th.05.2017 and the nation was celebrating heroes day . Sport-s volleyball Club, with a contingent of three teams prepared to set off for the long weekend in Kumi district to take part in one of the most popular community sports event. This is was the 21st edition of Dr Aporu okol memorial international volleyball tournament.

The annual event attracts so many top flight teams in the region especially Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, DRC and Uganda. As usual the crowds to this event are always big mainly because the Ugandan teams tussling it out with other nations and the tournament was started by Dr Aporu okol one of the pioneers of Ugandan volleyball and also a native of the land so the locals feel more touched by the event.

The ladies' team ready to compete for the cup

The ladies’ team ready to compete for the cup

At exactly midday all the three teams of Sport –S volleyball clun in their MARIE STOPES and life guard t shirt set off for kumi. Through the management of MARIE STOPES and the help of one of the Club members Isaac Mulumba a captain to one of the men’s team, we had received items for the community we were visiting which included life guard t shirts, life guard condoms, MARIE STOPES reflector jackets, family planning flyers and brouchers with an aim to sensitize the Kumi masses about their reproductive health and to also make them aware about family planning. The community was informed about the toll free hotline 0800220333 which can be called throughout the week for sexual and reproductive health counsselling. You can also reach our counsellors on whatsapp +256754001503 to receive sexual reproductive health consultation.

Consequently we met Mr Okiror Steven the Chairman of boma Boda Boda stage kumi town and we gave him our agenda which he accepted and he presponded by mobilizing his members in the community. We distributed condoms and t shirts plus reflector jackets to Boda Boda men. The population was so excited about our activities and a few issues were raised like the women’s need for female condoms and also reported that their men force them to have so many unplanned pregnancies. Never the less the Drive was a success.

Back to the tournament our two teams; the ladies’ senior team and the men’s senior teams on Sunday each secured a place in the finals and as a result the ladies managed to secure silver after loosing to Vision Volleyball camp. The men were more resilient and they emerged the Winners of this year’s tournament Beating Sky volleyball club. We were awarded gold medals and a trophy.


On the awards ceremony, we still got the opportunity to distribute life guard branded T-shirt and caps among those who got was the minister of Teso affairs Hon Bety Amongin Aporu wife of the late Dr Aporu okol and also the Member of parliament kumi municipality , men in uniform and our fans were all painted with Marie stopes colors
Special thanks to our partners MARIE STOPES Uganda for dressing our teams, our administrators and our fans We look forward to more of such drives because we are always in such communities that need such services.
WE ARE SPORT-S VOLLEYBALL CLUB.

Jubilation after winning the cup.

Jubilation after winning the cup.

 

Apply to become an SRH Ambassador!

Be the Choice!
Are you are young person between the ages of 18-25 years? Do you have interest in advancing Sexual Reproductive Health(SRH) within your community? If yes, Marie Stopes Uganda has a new exciting volunteering program for you.
Send us your application at info@mariestopes.or.ug including a brief biography, contact information, name of university/ institution, district/region of your university and year of study.  The application should have your motivation/application letter.

The letter should be addressed to the Head of Communications and Public Relations

In addition send us a two page write up about;

  1. any Sexual Reproductive Health challenges faced by youth in your community/school
  2.  why you would like to be an SRH ambassador.
  3. You could also share how you would solve those challenges.

For the start, we are currently rolling out the program in the following districts below namely; Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Tororo, Mbale, Soroti, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Hoima, Fortportal,  Arua, Gulu, Lira. Youth in these areas are encouraged to apply.

Applications sent on email should be marked with the subject “SRH Ambassador” and sent to info@mariestopes.or.ug

Deadline for applications is 20th March 2017

Note: This is a volunteer opportunity and its not full time.

For more details, refer to our website (http://www.mariestopes.or.ug/) or you call 0800220333 toll free.

International Youth Day 2016

In celebration of the International Youth day on August 12, 2016, Marie Stopes launched and opened up its Youth corner for young people at Kavule Health Center. This was witnessed by a number of youth leaders from various organisations.  The day was celebrated with pomp and colour as various youth showcased their talents in music, dance and drama.

Youth taking part in a dance challenge at Kavule centre

Youth taking part in a dance challenge at Kavule centre

Marie Stopes Uganda has set up 2 youth friendly spaces in Kampala and Tororo district with the aim of attracting youth to receive information and SRH services like contraceptives use, condoms and STI management. The facilities are set up in a way that promotes an atmosphere of relaxation and are fully equipped with games like table tennis, quizzes, reading materials, education videos and refreshments.

The youth spaces are meant to engage youth through interaction with peer educator counselors and youth volunteers trained in providing youth friendly services. At the youth space, learning activities on primary preventive approaches like contraceptive use to prevent unintended pregnancies and HIV/AIDS are done with the participation of youth themselves which allows expression of their views on issues that affect them.

vicky's dilema

Youth watching “Vicky’s dilemma” at the youth corner.

This platform equips youth with correct knowledge and shapes a positive attitude towards health choices not limited to safe sex practices but also life skills and a positive shift in health seeking behaviors.

Youth Friendly spaces are a popular way of passing knowledge to youth which eventually improves their demand for SRH services and is credited most for the friendly interaction that allows active participation of both service provider and youth participants.

Youth Friendly Spaces Launched In Centres

It is estimated that approximately only 50% of the youth do not use health facilities due to lack of youth friendly services. Many youths fear to discuss SRH issues due to stigma from the health staff, others fear to disclose their conditions to due to traditional factors.

Marie Stopes Uganda has set up 2 youth friendly spaces in Kampala and Tororo district with the aim of attracting youth to receive information and SRH services like contraceptives use, condoms and STI management. The facilities are set up in a way that promotes an atmosphere of relaxation and are fully equipped with games like table tennis, quizzes, reading materials,DSC_0187 education videos and refreshments.

The youth spaces are meant to engage youth through interaction with peer educator counselors and youth volunteers trained in providing youth friendly services.

At the youth space, learning activities on primary preventive approaches like contraceptive use to prevent unintended pregnancies and HIV/AIDS are done with the participation of youth themselves which allows expression of their views on issues that affect them.

This platform equips youth with correct knowledge and shapes a positive attitude towards health choices not limited to safe sex practices but also life skills and a positive shift in health seeking behaviors.

Youth Friendly spaces are a popular way of passing knowledge to youth which eventually improves their demand for SRH services and is credited most for the friendly interaction that allows active participation of both service provider and youth participants.