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Lira University Gets Modern Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Centre :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Lira University Gets Modern Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Centre

The facility is equipped with a 350-seater training room, five offices, two counselling rooms, a waiting lounge, a youth-friendly corner, and a boardroom.

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Lira University in Lango subregion now has a fully-fledged sexual reproductive health and rights training centre thanks to funding from the Dutch Government.

The facility is equipped with a 350-seater training room, five offices, two counselling rooms, a waiting lounge, a youth-friendly corner, and a boardroom.

Prof. Bernard Omech, the regional coordinator for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights at the University explains that Sexual and Gender-Based Violence has remained a challenge which needs to be tackled heads on, a reason the University set up the centre for specialised training and provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health services.

"Our approach is going to be based on respect for human rights, cultural diversity and inclusive developments, especially for women and girls,” he said. Omech is optimistic that the project will contribute towards sustainable human capital development, economic growth and address the gaps in the government's intervention in improving Sexual and Reproductive Health services.

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Prof Auma Okwany, the project director of Strengthening Education and Training in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SET-SRHR) in Uganda, says the centre also targets to improve sexual reproductive health services in communities across Northern Uganda.

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Judith Adokorach, the policy officer for Sexual Reproduction Health Rights and Gender at the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda, believes that the University has a critical role in influencing sustainable and inclusive development.

During her virtual address, Adokorach disclosed that the Government of the Netherlands is prioritizing sexual and reproductive health and rights, food and nutrition security, security and rule of law, and private sector development in Uganda from 2023 to 2026. She adds that the facility has been built to help in implementing the plan.

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In June this year, the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in collaboration with Lira University, African Governance Institute and Capacity Development Partners started a campaign to enhance the capacity of Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) institutions to effectively execute their mandate in preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

So far, 34 actors drawn from the different Justice, Law and Order Sector institutions like the police, judiciary, prison, community development departments and Media have been trained on how to identify, report and handle cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. They are expected to generate projects poised towards reducing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the region.

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