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Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda

Country: Uganda

Client(s): USAID/Uganda

Service: Capacity Building

Expertise: Civil Society Development, Early Childhood Development, HIV and AIDS, Microfinance and Livelihoods Development, Youth

More than half of the 17.1 million children under the age of 18 in Uganda live in situations that present significant risks to their physical, emotional, and/or mental wellbeing. The Government of Uganda estimates that up to 8.6 million children (50% of all Ugandan children) are moderately or critically vulnerable due to factors including high rates of poverty, disability, high HIV prevalence, low school persistence, and harmful cultural norms and practices that not only put girls and women at disproportionately high risk for HIV but also increase the vulnerability of boys to neglect, abuse, and exploitation.

To address these issues, World Education's Bantwana Initiative is leading a consortium of development partners to implement the Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda program, an integrated community approach designed to scale up proven models of health, education, child protection, and youth and livelihoods services while strengthening referrals, networking, and case management systems between community (informal) and district (formal) systems.

Better Outcomes is improving and strengthening capacity and coordination between local government and civil society organizations, ultimately aiming to improve access to comprehensive services and quality of care over time. Specific efforts are addressing the unique vulnerability of adolescent girls to HIV infection and to expand access to the continuum of HIV services for infected and affected children, youth and caregivers.

Better Outcomes is a five-year program operating in 20 districts in eastern and northern Uganda, which will reach more than 24,000 households and 144,532 caregivers and children with comprehensive services across the HIV continuum of care. World Education/Bantwana is leading a consortium which includes international partners Mercy Corps, AVSI, and mothers2mothers as well as national partners Youth Alive, UWESO, THETA, and FOC-REV.