Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Uganda

The 'Strengthening Education and Training Capacity in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Uganda' (SET-SRHR) Project is a 4 year project running from 2016 to 2020.


SET-SRHR is a € 3.7 million project which aims to strengthen the SRHR education and training capacity in Uganda. The project is implemented by a consortium led by ISS-EUR in collaboration with Rutgers in the Netherlands, and Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and Nsamizi Training Institute for Social Development (NTISD) in Uganda.

Funded by the 'Netherlands Universities’ Foundation for International Cooperation' (Nuffic) under the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) programme, the project is implementing a coordinated, standardised, and accredited pre and in-service gender and age-sensitive SRHR education and training programme supported by a research community of practice. 


SET-SRHR project has a broad overall outcome of increasing access to and improving quality of SRHR services that contribute to sustainable demographic and human capital development and inclusive economic growth.

This broad policy priority is consistent with both Uganda’s Vision 2020 that aims, among others, to reduce the fertility rate by half, as well as Sustainable Development Goals 3 - to promote healthy lives for all, and goal 5 - to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls. 

  • The project has two specific interlinked project level outcomes. The first outcome is to coordinate and collaborate in the development, maintenance and implementation of a gender and age sensitive pre- service and in-service SRHR education and training programme.

    The second outcome is to organize and sustain a national SRHR training, outreach and research community of practice network. Dubbed Utafiti na Kutenda (Research and Action) the platform facilitates collaboration between diverse SRHR stakeholders in Uganda and enables the translation of research evidence into policy and practice action and training through a variety of in-reach and outreach programmes. 

    These project outcomes and outputs are designed around five key implementation strategies:

    1. Organizational Capacity Enhancement (Includes 5 PhD fellowships and 6 Masters) 
    2. Curriculum Revision and Development
    3. Delivery of the education and training programmes (Training of 400 SRHR professionals is ongoing)
    4. Research and documentation (Includes 8 commissioned studies) 
    5. A sustainable SRHR Research Community of Practice – Utafiti na Kutenda


  • Dr. Auma Okwany (ISS-EUR) – Overall Project Director

    Dr. Elizabeth Nabiwemba (MakSPH) – Project Director Uganda 

    Dr. Nicholas Awortwi (ISS-EUR) – Project Advisor

    Dr Veronika Goussatchenko (ISS-EUR) - Project Manager

    Ms. Linette Belo (Rutgers) – Project Manager, Administration 

    Mr. Camillo Antillon (Rutgers) – Project Manager, Operations 

    Dr. Christine Nalwadda (MakSPH) – Project Manager

    Mr. Charles Otim (NTISD) – Project Manager

    Ms. Olivia Nakisita (MakSPH) - Project Officer

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