The Gender Ministry has launched an initiative dubbed, ‘Ghetto Talent Search’ that will promote talent and skills development among marginalised children in Uganda. The talent search according to the state minister for youth and children affairs Sarah Mateke Nyirabashitsi, was inspired by a needs assessment exercise in various slums of the country with the aim of identifying what the youth of the community see as their priorities, skills gaps and capacity needs. Whereas this initiative will be extended to various ghettos in the different parts of the country, Nyirabashitsi said the maiden edition will be kick-started in nine major ghettos in Kampala. These include; Katanga, Makerere-Kavule/Kalerwe, Bwaise-Kimombasa, Kisenyi, Kamwokya, Kosovo, Namuwongo and Kivulu. She was speaking to journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Thursday. The initiative will focus on talent and skills development, health camps on reproductive health, mitigating effects of mental health caused by COVID-19 and drug abuse.