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The Historically Marginalised People (HMP), formerly known as Batwa, face acute issues related to (a lack of) sexual and reproductive health. These include, but are not limited to, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies, maternal death or disabilities, and gender-based violence, often resulting in illness or even death of girls and women of childbearing age. Historically Marginalised Women suffer these issues disproportionately and young girls are especially vulnerable due to the presence of barriers in the accessibility of both information and healthcare. As a result, the Historically Marginalised Youth is disproportionately affected by HIV and HIV-testing remains low because of ignorance and traditional practices.


In order to counteract these inequalities in sexual and reproductive health, HIHD focuses on education and advocacy as well as making healthcare accessible to the community. To tackle the specific challenges Historically Marginalized community ( Ex Indigenous Batwa ) face at different times in their lives, HIHD works towards the development of custom-made programs, including comprehensive sexuality education, family planning, antenatal and safe delivery care, postnatal care, and programs to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Within these programs, HIHD uses community outreach and mobilisation in order to ensure that the work not only benefits the target group but also the surrounding community.