Get Up Speak Out! (GUSO)

Get Up Speak Out! (GUSO)


This programme aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in 7 countries. The programme is developed and implemented by a consortium of partner organisations under the leadership of Rutgers and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other partners are Simavi Dance4life IPPF and CHOICE.

The programme takes a multi-component approach; working simultaneously on ensuring sexuality education youth-friendly services and building a supportive environment.

STOP AIDS NOW! focuses its activities in Kenya Uganda and Malawi and works specifically with self-organisations of (young) people living with HIV. Through these partners STOP AIDS NOW! aims to ensure that the rights and need of people living with HIV are fully integrated in sexuality education health services and sexual and reproductive health policies.

Partnership details

Time frame
31 December 2015 - 31 December 2019
€ 1,225,772
Active in
Kenya, Malawi, Uganda


The Get Up Speak Out Theory of Change (ToC) builds on the successes and experience from
ASK and UFBR. Our unique added value is our ability to address the multitude of factors
and actors influencing young people’s SRHR using a multi-component approach. Using our individual and joint expertise we can successfully link (i) provision of sexuality education and information
(ii) provision of quality youth-friendly SRH services and (iii) building support for youth
SRHR by addressing socio-cultural and political barriers in terms of practices norms
and policies

Community groups

The final beneficiaries of the programme are young people. The first half of 2016 is being used as an inception phase in which the details of the project are worked out in the specific countries of intervention by the local partners. At the time of writing the exact reach is not defined yet.


Get Up Speak Out builds on the previous Access Knowledge and Services (ASK) and Unite for Body Rights (UfBR) projects which were implemented in the same countries through alliances of complementing partners.

The programme aims to improve the poor sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people by strengthening civil society organisations to effectively address young people’s rights and needs. Meaningful youth participation is a key strategy to make sure the voice of young people is heard.

In Kenya Uganda and Malawi young people face high risks for sexual and reproductive health problems and rights violations. Young people- including young people living with HIV- lack access to sexuality information and services and policies are often not well aligned to the reality of young people.

The consortium of partners has built a strong base of partner organisations in the countries of interventions. The next 5 years will focus on further strengthening these country alliances to effectively and sustainably address young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Awareness, support in society, and full funding of the AIDS and STI response
Contributed within this partnership
< 200,000 new HIV infections globally
Contributed within this partnership
Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
Contributed within this partnership
Radical reduction in the Big Six STIs and 0 new HIV infections
Contributed within this partnership

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