Uganda: Students Launch Anti-GBV Mobile Application

With an aim of increasing access to post Gender Based Violence (GBV) services for adolescent girls and young women, a group of students from Makerere University under Resilient Africa Network have launched a mobile application that will enable victims to access post gender-based violence services.

According to Arafat Kabugo one of the innovators, “Centres4Her” is an innovative digital platform on smartphones that links GBV survivors to the nearest service point within a 10km radius from where they are.

“This application can be downloaded free of charge from Google play store can be helpful to those in need of services,” he said.

He says that services provided include; HIV testing centres, hospitals, health centres, psychosocial support and rehabilitation centres, shelters, pro bono legal services, police surgeons as well as comprehensive family planning services.

In 2019, Centers4Her with support from UN Women and Resilient Africa Network was piloted at Makerere University to assess usability and feasibility among university students.

“With over 500 downloads to date, Centres4Herr has moved to scale up in communities around Kampala working with GBV, HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) minded partners including Marie Stopes, Naguru Teenage information and health centre, Makerere University Gender mainstreaming directorate among others with an aim of increasing access to post GBV services alongside HIV and SRHR services targeting adolescent girls and young women between 10-24 years,” he said.