A report from the office of District Education Office, Adjumani District indicated worryingly high teenage pregnancy and early marriage leading to 5,729 adolescents dropping out of schools in the district. Findings from the baseline assessment conducted by AFOD and DHO in Mungula, Mireyi and host areas prior to the start of project also indicated high proportion of teenage pregnancy of 12.6%.
This compelled AFOD in collaboration with Adjumani district local government through the district health office to implement a project on adolescent sexual reproductive health in 2016 (ASRH) in Mungula I, Mungula II, Mireyi refugee settlement and host areas. The project aimed at creating demand and increasing utilization of ASRH services offered at different levels of health care facilities in the district. AFOD identified schools as a key entry point for delivering key messages to create immediate impact with full participation and involvement of the teachers, pupils and their parents.
The project also further supports the District health system to use improvement methods to improve community adolescent reproductive health services and ensure its integration into family planning and primary health care as well apply the lessoned learned from the health facilities and the community to create innovations that impact on the health of the adolescent and the young people in refugees and host communities in Adjumani District.