Promoting Sexual Health among Deaf Youth

Ensuring equal access to sexual health information for an extremely underserved population

SignHealth, Deaf Child Worldwide, and Uganda National Deaf Association aim to transform the way that Deaf young people access sexual and reproductive health information through training peer leaders, health workers and educators. Most of Uganda’s 160,000 Deaf children grow up with limited to no support with communication or language. They miss out on conversations and education about sexual relationships, abuse, pregnancy and HIV, because peers, teachers, and health workers can’t communicate with them. This leaves them vulnerable to HIV – the second leading cause of adolescent death in Uganda. SignHealth is partnering with Amplify to provide comprehensive sexual education in three districts, combined with training in sign language and communication. The team will work with IDEO​.org designers to apply insights from the youth empowerment project to their new initiative, as well as to design engaging and visual tools to communicate the content of the program to Deaf youth.