Rwenzori Center for Research and Advocacy Uganda
The facility was registered in 2021 with the Ministry of Health and Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council. Located in Rugendabara Trading Centre in Kitswamba sub-county,
about 25 km from Kasese Business Centre, the health centre serves a population of over 59,000 people in Kitswamba and Bunyangabu districts. The district data from May 2019 shows a 56% teenage pregnancy rate in Busongora North county. Women can travel over
40km to Kasese town to access ultrasound scan services, lab, medicines and better health care. The health center operates outreach clinics providing reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent and child health plus nutrition services in the wider Kasese district of over
Since inception in 2021, the facility offers both free and subsidized Primary Health Care (PHC) services to adolescents (10-19 years), youth, children, women and their partners. The facility
hosts an Adolescent Centre that offers a range of contraception options as well as education, advice and services for sexual and reproductive health.
The Adolescent Centre consists of a clinical package of comprehensive adolescent sexual reproductive health services; and a recreation centre – providing adolescents access to computers and computer skills training. A pool table and access to digital SRH information is available for boys. Girls have access to SRH information the use of sewing machines for making re-usable sanitary pads. These are given out free to adolescent girls in school health clubs and during community peer-led ASRH information sessions. Adolescents and young mothers also gain skills in tailoring and business skills. On average the health center receives 60 clients per day. The Adolescent Centre receives an average of 25 adolescents on a normal day and 40 during school holidays.