The problem of hard-to-reach communities is one that most development organisations must contend with at one time or another. The nature of their work means that sex workers are one such category of people who may be overlooked or intentionally missed by many organisations. Lady Mermaid’s Bureau in Uganda, however, exists to address the issues and challenges faced by sex workers and became the country’s first organisation led by and for sex workers. We’re delighted to announce that we have provided them with a grant of £5,000 to help them provide important pieces of legal and health information via mobiles.
The project aims to provide sex workers in Kampala district with high quality, timely and comprehensive advice on safety, sexual and reproductive health and their rights in order to:
- Reduce the prevailing grave violence and abuse encountered by these vulnerable populations
- Provide for the improvement of maternal health while reducing mortality rates brought about by widespread unsafe abortion incidences among sex worker communities
- Advancing timely awareness on HIV infection, reinfection and PMCT among this most affected population in order to combat HIV/AIDS
- Contain the rampant human trafficking of young Ugandan women to Asia, the Francophone European countries and Arab countries.
The project will load digital memory cards with this information in the form of text, pictures and video. The cards will be distributed throughout LMB’s network to reach as wide an audience of sex workers as possible.