Our Background

The Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda is a multidisciplinary society devoted to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents. The Society was founded in December 2012 following a regional training in Kampala that was led by experts from Columbia and Makerere Universities and the Naguru Teenage Information and Health Centre.

Recognizing that health is more than the absence of disease, the Society for Adolescent Health in Uganda (SAHU) promotes positive adolescence/youth development, illness prevention, achievement of individual potential and a sense of physical, mental, and social well-being.

In its pursuit of optimal adolescent health and developmentally-appropriate health care, SAHU believes that scientific research provides the evidence base for effective health promotion as well as prevention and treatment of illness and injury.

Our Philosophy

“Adolescents are our Future. A healthy adolescent, A health Nation !

Our Vision

A society where each and every adolescent will be provided the opportunity to access his or her potential and grow into a healthy, responsible and independent adult

Our Mission

To promote comprehensive adolescent health, growth and development in Uganda through knowledge dissemination, research, advocacy and affiliation with other societies and bodies involved in adolescent health
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SAHU History
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Sabrina Kitaka M.D - President SAHU
Denis L. Bukenya  Vice President SAHU

Senior Lecturer & Paediatric & Adolescent Health Specialist, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University College of Health and Sciences Kampala, Uganda and acting President of SAHU. Dr. Kitaka is passionate about promoting adolescent health and medicine in East Africa. For the past 15 years, she has taught Adolescent Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Since 2006, she has collaborated with Dr.
Deputy Director and head of department advocacy and research at Naguru Teenage Information and Health Centre, a pioneer reproductive health centre for young people in Uganda and the current vice president of SAHU

Mr. Bukenya is a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights expert, an adolescent health training specialist, and also an assistant lecturer in the International Training Programme for SRHR offered at the division of social medicine at Lund University in Sweden. For ten years’ now, he is got experience in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) services’ delivery, psychosocial and behavioural support for children and youth on ASRHR, HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions.   

Our Core Values

Four core values underlie SAHM’s Mission and Vision:

Excellence: SAHU strives to achieve the highest attainable standard in its mission.

SAHU strives to be the preeminent organization and authoritative voice in advancing adolescent health by increasing awareness of the health needs of adolescents and young adults through effective advocacy, communication and dissemination of knowledge.

SAHU is guided by the highest ideals and ethical standards, including respect for individual dignity, equity, and justice, and recognition that age-appropriate, developmentally-sensitive health care is a right and not a privilege.

SAHU recognizes that advancing adolescent health depends upon effective partnerships among adolescents, families, health professionals, public and private sectors, communities, schools, and other social institutions.
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