Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
Supporting sexual & reproductive health rights is central to Rhac-Uganda’s commitment to gender equality and reducing global poverty. Increased investment, targeted programming and supportive policies are all critical to meeting the reproductive health needs of millions of women and men. We believe that access to sexual, reproductive and maternal health services is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue.
As a rights-based organisation, our programming and advocacy affirm and support girls’ and women’s right to safe childbirth, reproductive self-determination and bodily integrity. We work to reduce maternal mortality, increase healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and the elimination of discrimination and violence. Across the Country and Africa as a whole, Rhac-Uganda is improving the health and well-being of women, children and families by changing inequitable gender and social norms and empowering women; increasing the coverage, quality, effectiveness, responsiveness and equity of health services; and expanding and amplifying women’s voices, participation and influence in society.
During times of natural disasters and conflict, women and girls are exposed to an increased risk of sexual violence, unwanted pregnancies and overall lack of control over the situation. Our long-term sexual and reproductive health programmes focus on family planning, ante-natal care, access to services, and prevention, detection and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. This includes addressing the underlying gender inequality and gender-based violence that undermines the health of women and girls.
Maternal Reproductive Health
Want to help a community lift itself from poverty? Start with the mothers. Pregnancy and childbirth shouldn’t be a game of chance: Every two minutes, a woman somewhere in the world dies from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. In sub-Saharan Africa, a woman’s lifetime risk of death due to childbirth is one in 16. Maternal mortality is nothing short of an epidemic, yet the majority of these deaths can be prevented if women have access to antenatal advice and support, trained midwives and birth attendants, life-saving treatments, and well-equipped health clinics and hospitals.
We believe that the realisation of the “right to health” cannot be achieved through direct services alone; large‐scale and sustainable change requires that we address underlying and systemic factors, including gender inequality, policy barriers and power imbalances that have an impact on health. We work with community leaders, women and health workers to understand and address the reasons for the high maternal death rate. We challenge social and gender norms so women can make decisions for their own health and well-being.