Improved knowledge and awareness of health, HIV, education, rights and choices for deaf people in Uganda
A Community Partnership Grant supported by UK Aid Direct is targeting 5,000 deaf people in two districts of Uganda.
Signal’s (Sensory Impairment Globally Nationally and Locally) project provides peer support training to give deaf children and young people the skills to change their lives through improved communication, increased access to information surrounding education and health issues, and encouraging them to advocate for their rights.
Signal’s training programmes have been designed to reduce the isolation of children and young people with undiagnosed deafness or hearing loss and motivate champions in their families and community to encourage and support them to attend school, learn about the risks of HIV, and reduce the stigma surrounding their disability.
In the first few months of working closely with schools and families the project has already been able to identify 111 children with hearing loss who had previously been undiagnosed. Teachers and identified children attended separate workshops about children’s rights, and consequently teachers have resolved to stop using corporal punishment as a corrective and disciplinary measure.