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ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Naguru Teenage Information and Health Centre (NTIHC) is the pioneer program in providing youth friendly Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) services in Uganda. This program was initiated in November 1994 by a Swedish Gynecologist and a number of volunteer counselor’s. At that time it was located at the Naguru Health Centre IV in Nakawa Division. In 2009, NTIHC shifted to Kiswa Heath Centre in order to give way for the construction of a district hospital. Over time, NTIHC has developed into a fully-formed information and health centre and an organisation with a wider programme on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR). In 2014 NTIHC completed a major step in its development by formally registering as an NGO. Being the first of its kind in the country, this program has been considered a model for the country and among the best practices in the region.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Services: NTIHC values provision of quality youth friendly services to young people regardless of race, gender, education status or religious affiliation. Provision of timely and appropriate information to young people; young people make well informed decision if given accurate information

Clients: NTIHC values meaningful participation and involvement of young people in its programmes. The work of NTIHC is guided by respect and acceptance of clients as they are

NTIHC staff: NTIHC values staff with a high level of commitment to serving young people. NTIHC values team work among its staff. NTIHC values time management because staff time is considered one of the most valuable resources of the organization

Other providers of ASRH services: Meaningful partnership with various stakeholders in ASRH complements NTIHC programs and fills gap that NTIHC is unable to fill. NTIHC values sharing of knowledge in a mutual respectable way among partners. NTIHC believes in learning from others as others also learn from NTIHC

VISION

A society of young people empowered in adolescent sexual reproductive health and their rights.

MISSION

To advocate for and promote access to quality Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and information to young people

OUR GOAL

Increased understanding of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and access to appropriate youth-friendly services for young people.

Dr. Edward Katongole Mbidde –Chairman

All important decisions and policies of NTIHC are developed by the Board which has a Chairperson and nine members including representation from the KCCA, directorate of health services and environment. The board members were selected purposively basing on their areas of expertise in various aspects of sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Godfrey Habomugisha

Program Coordinator

Ms.JANE EKAPU

VOLUNTEER

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Current activities can be grouped into three components.

First, NTIHC provides a comprehensive package of ASRH services as directed by the MoH Adolescent Health Policy Guidelines and Service Standards (2011). These services include: HIV counselling and testing; STI/STD diagnosis, treatment and management; maternal health services i.e. (ANC, post-natal care, PAC, pregnancy testing); SGBV and related services; condom education and distribution, other medical services relating to ASRH. These are supported with various behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions. These services are provided either at NTIHC’s facility at the Kiswa Health Centre or by NTIHC staff and volunteers during outreach services in surrounding catchment areas. Currently, all services are provided free of charge.

Second, NTIHC has been working to help establish and strengthen youth friendly services in various public health facilities in other parts of the country. This support stretched to 53 public health facilities across 21 districts. This is achieved through partnerships with the Swedish Embassy, Uganda Red Cross Society and UNFPA, Community Health Alliance Uganda and Segal Family Foundation. Packages of support vary, but overall NTIHC has provided trainings, mentorships, coaching and periodic support supervision, as well as providing infrastructure, tools, ASRH guidelines and enforcing policies and service standards.

Third, there is NTIHC’s policy, advocacy and capacity development work. NTIHC expertise is shared to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights through various channels with government and civil society. These include Technical Working Groups (on Adolescent Health, Maternal Health and BCC), opportunities for practitioners to benefit from ‘experiential learning’ at Kiswa (practicums and internships), and various trainings focused on Adolescent Health policy and guidelines and youth friendly services.

 
 

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