Public Health Ambassadors Uganda, or PHAU, is a youth-led organization based in Makindye- Kampala, Uganda. PHAU was started in 2011 as a club for Music, Dance, and Drama at Clarke International University (CIU) in Kampala, Uganda. The founding group was comprised of Public Health students who were passionate about dancing, music, and drama as a social activity.
The club was created to offer free Latin, hip-hop and ballroom dance classes to university students and secondary school students to promote the physical, social and mental wellbeing of youths through the sharing of skills, experiences, and knowledge.
With support from CIU administration, it was evident how effective music, dance, and drama could be to create a positive change and impact in the lives of young people within the university and the surrounding communities. The club continued beyond the university to become an outreach entity focusing on increasing awareness, sensitization and adoption of safe adolescent sexual and reproductive health behavior and practices.
PHAU evolved from a Music, Dance and Drama Club at Clarke International University (CIU) into a fully-fledged entity whose purpose of establishment was to increase awareness, sensitization and adoption of safe adolescent sexual and reproductive health behavior and practices through edutainment, informative and performance arts approach such as plays, skits, poems, dance narratives, and flash mobs.
PHAU brings on board a wealth of experience in working with young people and is currently working in a number of districts across the country supporting in-school and out of school SRHR programs for the young people. PHAU employs a mix of approaches that engage, involve and appeal to young people to access sexual and reproductive health information and increase demand and utilization to youth-friendly services.
PHAU also advocates for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (ASRHR) through community development initiatives, youth empowerment, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship.