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International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

Vol. 4(1), pp. 1-9. January, 2016.

ISSN: 2360-7866

DOI: 10.14662/IJARER2016.003


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Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Medical Schools in Uganda


Oloya Johnson Nyeko and Apio Esther


Kampala International University-Western Campus, Ishaka-Bushenyi, Uganda


Accepted 12 January 2016




Introduction: 49% of the students undergoing medical training in Uganda have experienced Sexual harassment, as per the study aimed at creating and improving learning environment in medical schools in Ugandan.
Methodology: A descriptive quantitative study was carried out in Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Kampala International University-Western Campus, where 1003 consented participants aged 18- 65 year who were selected randomly. Data was collected by self administered questionnaires.
Results: 49% of medical students report experiencing (females59%and male 38% )sexual harassment, the prevalence of sexual harassment cuts across all religious sects; Muslim (55%), Catholic (50%), Protestant (46%), Seventh Day Adventist (43%), however the majority were among the Born Again Christian with 76%, 10% of medical students reported experiencing sexual harassment almost daily, 29.5% of male lecturers, 32.5% of male students and residents (15%) were implicated as the major perpetrators of sexual harassment, 25% of harassment experiences occur in lecture rooms while 23% in the hospitals, 93% of the medical students failed to report the cases to persons in authority, only 30% of those who reported their experiences received a satisfactory handling of their cases. Male students attribute their behavior to the manner their female counter parts dress.
Recommendations: Medical institutions should develop policies, improve awareness of existing policies and promote descent dressing and behavior in all medical schools in Uganda

Key Words: Sexual harassment in Ugandan medical schools


Cite This Article As: Nyeko OJ, Esther A (2016). Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Medical Schools in Uganda. Inter. J. Acad. Res. Educ. Rev. 4(1): 1-9



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