Barriers to Access and Utilization of Youth-Friendly Srh Services among Young People in Busoga Region

Dianah Nanyange, Researcher
Margret Nanyombi, Family Life Education Program
Venantius Kirwana, Researcher

Uganda is one of the countries experiencing a great demographic shift with young people aged 10-24years making up 34.8% of the total population. This age group is dynamic and has particular sexual and reproductive health(SRH) needs and challenges. The current mixed-methods study sought to establish barriers to access and utilization of SRH services by young people. A cross-sectional survey, semi-structured interviews and FGDs with stakeholders were conducted. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the QCA approach. Identified barriers included; a rigid health system, epistemological gaps, unconducive social environment, and not believing in oneself. Overall findings indicate that despite stakeholders’ efforts, there are still several factors impeding access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services by young people. Persistent health system-related factors reveal the need for heightened advocacy and lobbying. Strategies to strengthen parent-child communication and community support for young people’s SRHR issues should also be developed.

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  Presented in Session 109. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive and Rights: Success Factors and Barriers