Our public health program aims to protect and improve the health of people and their communities.
Key programmes include:
Our health promotion programme focuses on enabling people in the areas we serve to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills, behavior and ultimately increase control over their own health. It is aimed at:
- Enhancing the quality of life for all people;
- Reducing premature deaths;
- Advancing prevention through educational and social communication activities aimed at promoting healthy conditions, lifestyles, behavior and environments;
- Lobby and advocacy aimed at influencing policy makers across all government departments to make health a central line of government policy.
Harm Reduction is an evidence-based, client-centred approach that seeks to reduce the health and social harms associated with addiction and substance use. Harm reduction is a pragmatic public health approach encompassing all goals of public health: improving health, social well-being, and quality of life.
Harms associated with drug use include: HIV, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis (TB), Other medical problems (e.g. skin sores, bruising, blood clots, blood infections) caused by injecting practices, such as poor hygiene and overusing the same injecting site, Overdose (this sometimes leads to death), Mental Health, Financial Issues, Relationships, Legal issues, Drugs and driving (accidents).
The goal of our harm reduction program is to minimize the total harm associated with drug use in South Sudan.
SRHR and HIV Integration
UNYDA aims to contribute to improved SRHR and HIV outcomes by increasing access and use of quality, inclusive and integrated SRHR and HIV services and by promoting positive healthy sexual relationships that can contribute to reducing new HIV infections and improving SRHR indicators by reducing prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI). The SRHR/HIV integration programme gives high priority to promoting the full sexual and reproductive rights of individuals and to addressing stigma and discrimination in all its complexity, as this is imperative for removing barriers to accessing health services. Efforts to address stigma are two-fold, focusing on internalised and self-stigma with individuals and communities, while also focusing on creating stigma-free and health promoting clinical and community environments. Addressing stigma at both levels will enhance both SRHR and HIV health outcomes.
The UNYDA SRHR programme responds to critical gaps and weaknesses in the South Sudan SRHR response. A strong community-based response has the potential to make a significant contribution to addressing South Sudan’s unmet SRHR needs, including a high maternal morbidity and mortality rate, high teenage pregnancy rate and the continuing challenge of the HIV epidemic.
We further support efforts that will enhance adoption of safer sexual behaviours and reduction in risky behaviours and practices among the youth and adults through the use of peer educators and other community-based models.
WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Providing adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is a key public health challenge in South Sudan. Access to safe and sufficient water and improved sanitation as well as maintaining good hygiene is crucial to human health, well-being, dignity and development.
At UNYDA, our programs focus on creating awareness in basic hygiene practices, construction of clean water facilities, community participation in cleaning campaigns in settlements and in the distribution of non-food items (NFIs).