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Uganda Gets Dutch Envoy For Reproductive Health

The Dutch government has appointed a special envoy to advise Uganda sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS.
Dutch diplomat Lambert Grijns (right)

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The Dutch government has appointed a special envoy to advise Uganda on sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS.

Dutch Ambassador to Uganda, Alphons Hennekens says the special envoy has been appointed  because of Uganda\'s high fertility rates.

He says Lambert Grijns will advise the country how to close the current are gaps in provision of sexual and reproductive health services.

Lambert will work closely with the health ministry , population secretariat and reproductive health Uganda together with other partners in Sexual Reproductive Health to design programs aimed at preventing HIV/AIDS, early pregnancies and abortions through sex education.

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According to Anslem Wandega, executive director Rutgers Uganda, an international organisation that is also being supported by the Dutch government, the appointment of a special envoy will help organizations to create easy linkage between organizations and the government.

Wandega says there has been uncoordinated implementation of programs between the government and the civil society organizations in provision of sexual reproduction services.

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According to the population secretariat, Uganda has a population of 35 million 80% of which  younger than 30 years. Uganda\'s population growth rate is estimated at 3% while the fertility rate is at 6.2% one of the highest in the world.

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