Reproductive health is a very wide subject, ranging from sexual rights, to women’s health, to HIV/AIDS. However, we in SCORA just last year decided to focus on 5 main areas within the field of reproductive health: Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Violence against Women, Maternal Health, Access to Safe Abortion, and Stigma and Discrimination. For the next 5 years, our work will be focused on these areas to make sure that we as SCORA advocate for these subjects move forward in our projects and tackle each of these subjects within our parts of the world.
And of course, a major part of our work is focused on HIV/AIDS and its prevention. We tackle this topic through our World AIDS Day Campaigns, our peer education programs, and making sure all of our members are up to date on the latest developments in the fight against HIV.
Currently SCORA Uganda is in charge of running the National Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign among other projects.
The vision of SCORA is a world free of HIV/AIDS and other STIs, with complete respect for every person‘s reproductive rights and choice of sexuality, and with universal gender equality.
Our mission is such that, as an org anization of future doctors which is not affiliated to any religious or political party, we will, through educat ion, strive to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections whilst challenging the widespread violation of reproductive rights and gender inequality. We will also encourage respect of choice of sexuality and unders tanding of sexuality as a whole.
SCORA believes that one of the most important methods of fighting AIDS is through prevention; and the only way of prevention is through education. Therefore, the main focus of this committee is on activities that emphasize already existing solutions and create new educational programmes for medical students, as well as for the general population, emp hasizing teenagers as a risk group. This is done through training, awareness campaigns, local, national and international projects, assessment and improvement of medical education.
The activities of students working in SCORA concentrate on:
∙ promotion of healthy sexual and reproductive behavior
∙ prevention of HIV and STIs
∙ fight against all forms of stigma and discrimination towards people Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
∙ prevention of abortion and appropriate use of contraceptives
∙ women’s rights (gender equality)
∙ fight against domestic violence
∙ zero tolerance to Fe male Genital Mutilation
∙ maternal health
Projects/activities being organized by SCORA are:
∙ Campuser for Campuser Initiatives (CCI) Project; main focus is on the use of ABC philosophy in
prevention of HIV/AIDS among university students
∙ Students in the fight against rural maternal deaths in Eastern Uganda
∙ Adolesent Sexual and Reproductive School Out Reach Project
Other upcoming events include:
1. Grand round on; HIV;Is there hope for a vaccine (in conjunction SCOME and department of Internal medicine) – 24th Feb 2015
2. National debate on Safe Abortion Advocacy (in conjunction with SCOME, Training Support Division and IPAS)
3. Cervical Cancer Awareness campaign ( starting Feb 2015)
Got any questions, Inquiries or requests? Contact the National Officer in Charge of Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (NORA) : firstname.lastname@example.org