ISHAKA – Kampala International University (KIU) Western Campus student leaders have taken steps to implement Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Policy.
The policy is aimed at addressing students’ concerns and challenges regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). It provides a framework for increasing access to SRH services and information to students and communities around the university.
Maureen Asiimwe, the Dean of Students KIU Western Campus, credited the university’s commitment in engaging students in such joint and participatory discussions, in an attempt to address students’ concerns and challenges.
“Our flexibility and readiness to address students’ issues in regards to Sexual and Reproductive Health remain a priority of our directorate, and the university as a whole,” Asiimwe said.
The university being the first one in Uganda to implement the policy, transformation of youth’s health and lives is greatly expected.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity. We have come a long way in developing the policy framework for SRHR, and we now look forward to being the first university to implement it,” Oscar Gumisiriza, the team leader expressed.
Henry Wasswa, the Regional Cluster Coordinator for Reproductive Health Uganda, also said that expanding access to Sexual Reproductive Health Services and Rights is a government policy spelt out in various Ministry of Health plans, which KIU is very committed to.
“KIU is committed to a multi-sectoral approach for delivery of rights-based SRHR services and information to the young people of this nation,” Wasswa said.
With all this, the policy document id expected to facilitate the integration of health in the culture, structure and processes of the university so as to improve the health of members of the university community.
All together, it will generally contribute to service delivery, academic performance and health of students.