Peer educators


U-Decide is a two-year project that empowers and involves young people in sexual and reproductive health and rights programming in Uganda and Malawi. The main aim is to ensure that adolescents in remote areas have access to sexual health services that are geared to them.

Linking education, services and young people

We believe young people need access to complete and correct sexuality education, must be able to build skills that improve their sexual interaction competencies and need access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. To succeed, the meaningful inclusion of young people is essential. U-Decide therefore increases and strengthens the links between SRHR education, SHR services for adolescents and underserved young people of Uganda and Malawi.

Reaching remote areas

One way to bring SRH services to young people in remote areas is mobile outreach. Attractively designed mobile facilities, such as, tents or vans, bring family planning services to hard to reach areas. 

Another way is encouraging young people to obtain services from peer providers. Many people do not just make decisions on what they know, but are also guided by the opinions and actions of their close, trusted peers. Peer providers can communicate with young people in ways the best-intentioned adults cannot and thus, they serve as effective role models.

Exciting innovation: the SAUTIplus referral e-card

In rural Uganda, U-Decide is a pioneering an exciting new initiative. At 9 health centres in the Mbarara district the programme introduced the SAUTIplus referral system and e-card. The system enables young people seeking SRH services to access facilities without having to disclose to much personal information to health workers. Trained peer educators link up young people to relevant services and information. Read more about this revolutionary referral system.

U-Decide runs from 2016 to 2018 in Uganda and Malawi. This innovative project is funded by Stichting Dioraphte and implemented by Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) and Family Planning Association Malawi (FPAM), with technical support from Rutgers.