Approaching the end of the first quarter, Signal would like to share further details of our new project in Uganda, in partnership with Signhealth Uganda.
Funded entirely by UK aid, the project aims to improve the knowledge and awareness in the areas of health, HIV, education, rights and choices for deaf people in Uganda.
This will be a new field for both Signal and our partners as, for the first time, we take a rights-based approach to empowering young deaf people to be aware of their legal and human rights to both an education and equal access to health services.
Whilst empirical evidence is often hard to find, our research with deaf and hearing impaired communities in many countries has shown that, for many young deaf people, their access to these essential and life enhancing services is often restricted. This is caused by communication difficulties, stigma and discrimination and a lack of knowledge of the services available and who can access them. These fundamental human rights are enshrined under both international law and legislation passed by Uganda and we will work within these parameters.
The aim is to tackle the poverty and exclusion of deaf persons in Uganda and encourage equitable social participation. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of disability inclusion in service provision and local governance on a sustainable basis. For children this will include being enrolled in, and progressing through, primary school, as we work with teachers to provide them with the skills to offer inclusive education for those with special needs.
In the areas of health, we will work with regional service providers through the main hospitals, outreach services, local clinics and specialist local organisations, including those offering HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, reproductive health services and the judiciary and support groups dealing with gender-based violence.
As with all our overseas projects, Signal and Signhealth Uganda will take an holistic approach, working with multiple stakeholders in the areas of education and health. This will be both at a formal level, through national and regional service providers, and with local groups and interested parties. We will continue to listen to our direct beneficiaries and make any necessary revisions to the planned project activities to reflect this.
The project will be working in two main areas, Arua District in the Northern Region and Masaka District in Central Uganda.
The project will run from 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2017 with a total approved budget of £248,715.97.
Signhealth Uganda will be receiving £194,030.77 (78.01%) for the implementation of the project activities.
Signal will be receiving £54,685.20 (21.99%) for the global management (financial, operations and monitoring and evaluation) of the project. This sum also includes provision for a final independent external evaluation of the project when it is complete.
Further details regarding the progress of this project including the release of data, implementation plans, log-frame revisions and reports (internal and external where available) will be posted here on a quarterly basis.
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For further information, please contact Karen Goodman-Jones, International Programmes Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office on (00 44) 01743 364 644.