About NOPE Uganda
The National Organization of Peer Educators Uganda (NOPE) was established in 2013 and has since continued to execute health and social programs mainly on advocacy, HIV/AIDS and strategic behavioral interventions.
NOPE Uganda uses peer education to promote health, as well as behavioral change communication (BCC) using the A.O.C model (Ambassadors of Change) to support and inspire youth to conduct sessions and outreaches on HIV, sexual and reproductive health, and sexual and gender-based violence among others.
NOPE Uganda, through the NOPE International Institute, supports the implementation of peer-centered programs which address HIV prevention, treatment care, gender-responsive programs, as well as lifestyle disease among other health issues within workplaces. The Comprehensive Wellness Workplaces (CWWPs) programs are aimed at improving the health of individuals in workplaces to boost productivity and profitability of organizations and in turn strengthen the society.
Blooming Workplaces and Communities Project
In this joint initiative partners National Organization of Peer Educators Uganda (NOPE Uganda), Uganda Workers Education Association (UWEA), Uganda Horticultural Industrial Services Provider and Allied Workers Union (UHISPAWU) and Uganda Flower Exporters Association (UFEA) are promoting a workplace policy and community culture that is responsive to addressing HIV and AIDS as well as sexual harassment at workplaces, in communities and at schools in Uganda.
The project is focusing on the stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes and practices faced by women living with HIV and AIDS, both in their workplace and at home. By engaging all relevant stakeholders, the partners aim to change behavior and perceptions in relation to gender equality, sex, sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women.
By using NOPE’s comprehensive workplace programming model with a focus on peer education, communities, employers, workers, school administrators and pupils are increasingly and collectively owning the issues of sexual harassment and HIV/AIDS interventions. The project targets seven flower farms and seven schools around the flower farm catchment areas.
Activities include reviewing and harmonizing policies on sexual harassment and HIV/AIDS in flower farms, training of farm workers on the awareness and prevention of sexual harassment and HIV/AIDS, and training of peer educators in schools and equipping them with knowledge skills and information in prevention, and care of HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health rights, and menstrual management.