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Princess Diana Teenage Centre

2 years ago a government health facility serving the poorest of the poor at the periphery of the capital Kampala was closed for upgrading. Close to 400 young people who were accessing services every week including Read More ...

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Princess Diana Health Centre

Princess Diana Health Centre III is a private not for profit community health facility established by 18 year old Esther Nakajjigo to respond to the most pressing health needs of the most vulnerable urban poor women and girls although men also receive services Read More...

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2 years ago a government health facility serving the poorest of the poor at the periphery of the capital Kampala was closed for upgrading. Close to 400 young people who were accessing services every week including those who were enrolled on family planning and ARVs were not referred anywhere. Detecting a huge crisis yet to come, 19 year old Esther Nakajjigo donated land given to her by her mother and with support from Child Care & Rescue Programme a private not for profit Health Centre III was established. It has a teenage centre which Esther heads and it provides specialized sexual and reproductive health services to young people through trained peer educators and youth friendly health workers trained in adolescent health.

This is a place of their own where they are free to share all their concerns regarding sexual and reproductive health. Services provided include health education to young people who visit the centre, condom distribution at the centre and in the community, voluntary counseling and screening for HIV and other STIs, treatment and referrals, in and out of school outreaches on HIV and teenage pregnancy sensitization, post test club of role model young positives, co-curricular activities in games and sports and income generation activities.

All services are provided by young people for young people (10-24 years) irrespective of their sexual orientation, religion or race. The Most at Risk groups we receive include LGBT who after being stigmatized in other health facilities that mix adults with young people choose to join their friends at this youth corner, commercial sex workers as the youth centre is located near 'red light zones' where girls at young as 13 trade their bodies for a living, youth from the fishing communities as the centre is located near Mulungu landing site on shores of L. Victoria, boda boda cyclists and youth working in the stone quarry practically have no access to information because they work for long hours. Youths meet frequently and after receiving services, the plan on how to carryout HIV sensitization in communities and schools.

They divided themselves into groups and gave themselves tasks and report weekly to the coordinator who is a young person at the centre. They have data collection tools and can easily truck their colleagues who receive information and services.