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Addressing issues that both UNFPA and its faith-based partner consider important establishes the ground for trust and helps to create synergies that expand project achievements. Concern on the part of the Diocese and UNFPA about the dangers of early marriage created a common understanding that led to agreements in other areas, including gender-related issues and youth sexuality. • Targeting a specific gender-related issue often leads to action in other areas. In targeting early marriage, the Diocese started a programme emphasizing the importance of girls’ education, especially among grass-roots Lydia Byaruhanga is 34-year-old Roman Catholic who is married with four children.

Within the framework of this initiative, a baseline study was conducted to assess the current socioeconomic and demographic situation of the target group. An impact evaluation of the intervention is planned for 2004. A Culturally Sensitive Approach • Identify issues that are considered culturally sensitive in terms of reproductive health, gender issues and sexual education in the specific context and environment where programmes are to be implemented. Interviews with the local directors of the Literacy Movement Organization revealed a similarity in their definitions of culturally sensitive issues, defining them as issues that people are reluctant to discuss in public, issues that cause people a sense of shame, and issues that wives prefer to talk about only with their mothers and sisters, not with their husbands.

Efforts to prevent the transmission of HIV and to reduce the impact of the epidemic are being expanded, especially in rural areas. These efforts include voluntary testing and counselling for HIV and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Work is ongoing to develop a comprehensive HIV/AIDS policy, monitoring and evaluation framework and a condomdistribution strategy. A proposal for accessing financing through the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is also in preparation.

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