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S. Korea to Invest US$5 Mil. for Ugandan Girls
412,012 to Benefit from "Better Life for Girls" Initiative
The delegates from across the country attend the launch.

KAMPALA, Uganda — A new program geared towards prevention of teenage pregnancy and under-age marriage was launched at Golf Course hotel in Kampala, Uganda on June 28 (Tuesday), 2016 .

The program named "Better Life for Girls," is worth 5 million US dollars and is funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). It will be a two and a half years initiative expected to target 412,012 girls aged between 10 and 19 years mainly in Northern and Eastern Uganda.

“As part of the contribution to the global agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Government of the Republic of South Korea pledged 200 million US dollars over the next five years (2016-2020) to support the most vulnerable group — adolescent girls,” said H.E. Park Jong-Dae, the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Uganda.

The "Better Life for Girls Initiative" pays targeted attention to girls’ education, health and profession. It will adopt proven strategies, including increasing girls’ access to education and health care services; educating parents and communities on the dangers of teenage pregnancy and child marriage; increasing access to life skills for adolescent girls; promoting socio-economic empowerment of girls; and engaging men and boys to become part of the solution by curbing exploitation, abuse and subjugation of girls. The program will also emphasize the importance of using technology and robust data to inform policies related to adolescent girls.

“This initiative is a timely investment in adolescent girls in Uganda who are facing a myriad of challenges like teenage pregnancy which rates stand at 24 percent meaning one in every four girls aged 10 to 19 years is pregnant, are the highest in the East African region.” Said Humphrey Nabimanya, Team Leader of Reach A Hand, Uganda one of the implementing partners of the program.

The fund will be coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), supporting Government of Uganda to strengthen national capacity to deliver improved sexual and reproductive health outcomes and socio-economic empowerment for adolescent girls. Interventions will be implemented in 14 districts in Uganda including Amuria, Bududa, Butaleja, Iganga, Kapchorwa, Katakwi, Mayuge in Eastern Uganda and Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Napak in Karamoja region.

“We are grateful for this contribution from the Government of South Korea which brings together different sectors including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender, as well as different stakeholders including families, communities, religious and cultural institutions, civil society, and of course young people to accelerate action to prevent teenage pregnancy and end child marriage,” Said Hon. Sarah Opendi, Minister of State for Health (General Duties).

The program will take a holistic and gender-focused approach to empower girls and reinforce their position in their community. It will build on existing efforts, including the "Let Girls Be Girls" campaign to prevent teenage pregnancy that was launched by the Ministry of Health in 2014 and the African Union Initiative to End Child Marriage that was launched by the Ministry of Gender in 2015.

For more information, please contact:
Ibrahim Batambuze,
Communications and Advocacy Officer,
Reach A Hand, Uganda






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