Uganda

In a country of 35 million, almost 30% of married women in Uganda use contraception, yet 34% of married women who would like to delay or prevent childbearing are not using contraceptives. In 2014 President Museveni’s declared that family planning is “good for the welfare of the country,” and the Government of Uganda pledged to ensure voluntary, quality family planning information and services for its people.[1]

AFP’s partners, Reproductive Health Uganda and Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office, work closely with the national and subnational government to improve the distribution of reproductive health commodities and increase access to family planning services through task-sharing policies.

View Uganda’s Family Planning 2020 commitment.

In the tabs below, review AFP Uganda’s Key Contacts, their specific Advocacy Priorities for 2015, Uganda’s Evidence & Briefs, and Milestones toward achieving family planning goals.

Uganda Advocacy Priorities

Advance Family Planning works with the government, donors, family planning providers and civil society to see that the commitment made at the London Summit on Family Planning achieves its vision of universal access to family planning. Priorities for advocacy include (1) ensuring nationwide implementation of policies and recent guideline changes for community health workers; (2) increasing national and district-level support and tracking full expenditure of budgeted funds; (3) increasing support of new government officials; (4) reducing dependency on donors for contraceptive procurement; (4) enhancing access to LAPMs; (5) addressing contraceptive stock-outs; (6) improving integration of family planning and HIV/AIDS services and accessing Global Fund resources; and (7) countering the President’s statements in support of population growth.

In addition to committing to universal access to family planning, the Ugandan government also pledged to reduce unmet need for family planning from 40% to 10% in 2022. The commitment also calls for an increase in the annual government allocation for family planning supplies from US $3.3 million to US $5 million for the next five years and improved accountability for procurement and distribution. It will develop and implement a campaign for integration of family planning into other services, including partnerships with the private sector, by supporting the alternative distribution channel for the private sector and scaling up of innovative approaches, such as the community-based distribution, outreaches, social marketing, social franchising and youth-friendly service provision.

Uganda will strengthen institutional capacity of the public and community-based service delivery points to increase choice and quality of care at all levels (through staff recruitment, training, motivation and equipment).

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2015

CASE STUDY: Finding Alternative Pathways for Contraceptive Commodities to Reach Users

Source: AFP

In Uganda, the private sector provides the majority (60%) of contraceptive services. The ability of the private sector to meet users’ needs depends upon the strength of the public supply chain system. Until recently, private sector facilities experienced frequent stock-outs. Supply chain operations favored public sector needs, and private sector access to supplies was limited.

Beginning in 2011, with technical support from Advance Family Planning and others, family planning stakeholders came together to address the supply chain bottleneck. Together with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and donors, they developed an innovative strategy called “alternative distribution” to provide supplies more consistently and efficiently to private sector facilities. At first the system worked well, but with no formal agreement in place, by 2014 its’ future looked uncertain.

A sustained advocacy effort over a period of six months led to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Uganda and the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) to formalize the alternative distribution strategy. The MOU is a critical step in validating roles and responsibilities to ensure the program continues, commodities remain available, and Uganda is able to meet the demand of its contraceptive users.

2015

Uganda District Working Guide: Prioritizing Family Planning in Local Government Planning and Budgeting Processes

A guide for engaging local governments at the sub-national level in Uganda.

2015

Case Study: Uganda National Conference on Family Planning Leads Districts to Renew Commitments

Source: AFP

The Uganda National Conference on Family Planning held in July 2014 spurred three districts to renew their commitments to family planning and construct a road map to achieve them.

2015

ÉTUDE DE CAS: La Conférence Nationale d’Ouganda sur la Planification Familiale amène les districts à renouveler leurs engagements

Source: AFP

La Conférence Nationale d’Ouganda sur la Planification Familiale, tenue en juillet 2014, a encouragé trois districts à renouveler leurs engagements en faveur de la planification familiale et à établir une feuille de route pour atteindre les objectifs fixés.

2014

Accelerating Contraceptive Choice Meeting

Stakeholders in East Africa convened in Nairobi in April 2014 for Accelerating Contraceptive Choice, a regional meeting to increase access to high-quality family planning services in sub-Saharan Africa, beginning in East Africa. Specifically, so that women and men will have access to the widest possible range of contraceptives and accurate information on these methods, enabling them to make an informed, voluntary choice about the method which best fulfills their desires and needs.

The meeting brought together 80 experts in program and policy development and implementation in East Africa and emphasized gains to be made in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to accelerate contraceptive choice. It provided a platform for exchange of key technical resources, research findings, shared experiences, and the impediments and opportunities for large-scale uptake of proven interventions.

2012

Will Ugandan Government Fulfill the USD 25 M Commitment for Family Planning Supplies?

Source: The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health/Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Although Uganda has made significant progress in increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR), 45% of Ugandan women still have an unmet need for family planning. This means four in every 10 women in Uganda would like to stop or limit childbirth but they do not have access to contraceptives. The annual population growth rate has reached 3.4%, and Uganda has one of the highest total fertility rates in the world at 6.7 children per woman. 

2011

Ugandan Ministry of Health Announces New Guidelines for Providing Women with Contraceptive Injectables

Source: FHI360

On March 11, 2011, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced new guidelines for providing women greater access to contraceptive injectables.  This policy shift will increase access to injectable contraceptives through community-based distribution. 

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2011

Uganda Loses sh275b Annually in Maternal Health

Source: AfriComNet

Uganda loses about US $112 million (sh275b) annually due to inadequate investment in maternal health and family planning, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed. UNFPA assistant representative Dr. Wilfred Ochan said that the costs of unplanned pregnancies and complications related to unsafe abortions greatly affect investment in Uganda.

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2010

World Bank Gives Sh260 Billion Health Loan

Source: New Vision

The World Bank has given Uganda a US $130 million (about sh260b) loan for improvement of health infrastructure on the condition that the country prioritizes maternal health, with at least $30M (sh60m) of the loan to go to maternal and reproductive health.

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AFP Resources
Date Title Source
2016

étud de cas: Trouver des voies alternatives pour que les commodités contraceptives arrivent aux mains des utilisatrices en Ouganda

En Ouganda, le secteur privé fournit la majorité (60%) des services de contraception. La capacité du secteur privé à répondre aux besoins des...
Advance Family Planning
2015

AFP and PMA2020 Joint Policy Brief: Sustain Uganda’s Progress by Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy in the Districts

2014

Ensuring Access to Family Planning for All in Uganda

This document highlights Uganda's FP2020 commitment and the advocacy and policy priorities for Advance Family Planning.
Advance Family Planning
2014

Ugandan Parliament Sharpens Focus on Family Planning through Passage of National Population Council Bill

On July 23, 2013, the Parliament of Uganda passed the National Population Council Bill 2011, which will create a new, autonomous government body to...
AFP
2013

Reproductive Health Financing for Uganda: Commitment to Action

To ensure that increased budget commitments for reproductive health commodities in Uganda are sustainable and that funds are disbursed and fully...
AFP Uganda 2013
2013

Uganda: Financial Tracking of Reproductive Health Commodities

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations from an exercise to improve tracking of financing for subsidized contraceptives and other...
USAID Deliver Project
2011

Saving Women's Lives with Family Planning (Uganda)

A policy brief and factsheet (FAQ) on maternal health developed for use and/or adaptation by AFP partners.
AFP, 2011
2011

Taking Injectable Contraceptives to Villages (Uganda)

Making injectable contraceptives available in Uganda.
AFP, 2011
2011

Family Planning in Uganda

A policy brief on family planning developed for use and/or adaptation by AFP partners.
AFP, 2011
2011

Global Fund Round 10 Proposal Includes $8.7 Million for Family Planning Commodities

Beginning in July, 2010, the Uganda Family Planning Consortium (UFPC), with Advance Family Planning (AFP), collaborated on an advocacy intervention...
AFP
2011

Taking Injectable Contraceptives to Villages an Advocacy Case Study in Uganda

Beginning in July, 2010, Family Health International (FHI) and Advance Family Planning (AFP) coordinated an advocacy effort to urge the Ugandan...
AFP
2011

Projecting the Potential Cost-Effectiveness of Universal Access to Modern Contraceptives in Uganda

Universal access to modern contraceptives in Uganda appears to be highly cost-effective. Increasing contraceptive coverage should be considered among...
Advance Family Planning
Other Resources
Date Title Source
2016

Youth Consultation on Reproductive Health Supplies, Uganda

The first formal consultation of youth-led organizations was held in Kampala in collaboration with Allied Youth Initiative-Uganda in the offices of...
Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
2015

TASK SHARING SURGICAL METHODS OF CONTRACEPTION: A CASE STUDY OF CLINICAL OFFICERS IN UGANDA

The overall objective of this assessment, TASK SHARING SURGICAL METHODS OF CONTRACEPTION: A CASE STUDY OF CLINICAL OFFICERS IN UGANDA, was to...
Makerere University School of Public Health
2014

Uganda Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, 2015–2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Government of Uganda (GOU) has committed to reducing unmet need for family planning (FP) to 10 percent and increasing the modern...
Ministry of Health Uganda
2013

Safety and acceptability of tubal ligation procedures performed by trained clinical officers in rural Uganda

This article assesses safety associated with tubal ligation performed by trained clinical officers (COs) in rural Uganda. Between March and June 2012...
IJGO
2012

How Family Planning Supply and the Service Environment Affect Contraceptive Use: Findings from Four East African Countries

This report uses data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys conducted in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and...
ICF International
2011

Civil Society Organizations Perspectives and Priorities -- Health Sector Performance FY 2009-2010

The objective of this report is to illustrate priorities and document perspectives from civil society organizations (CSOs) on the performance of the...
Action Group for Health, Human Rights, and HIV/AIDS
2011

Despite Illegality, Drug Shops in Uganda Provide Injectable Contraceptives

In Uganda, informal drug shops are common providers of the injectable contraceptive, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), even though its sale...
Guttmacher Institute
2011

New Series of DSW Fast Facts: Aid for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the New Aid Environment (Uganda)

With the publication of a new case study from Uganda, DSW has launched a new series of Fast Facts on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the New Aid...
German Foundation for World Population (DSW)
2011

Increasing Family Planning Access and Choice

This report looks at how family planning access and choice is being increased around the world through clinical outreach programmes, and details key...
Marie Stopes International, 2011
2011

Civil Society Organizations Launch Report at Joint Review Mission Highlighting Key Priority Areas for Ministry of Health to Strengthen Health Systems and the Uganda National Minimum Healthcare Package

The objective of this report is to illustrate priorities and document perspectives from civil society organizations (CSOs) on the performance of the...
AGHA
2011

The 2011 UDHS Preliminary Results the 2011 the 2011 UDHS Preliminary Results

An overview of the health situation in Uganda to provide policy makers in the MOH and other organizations with information to plan future...
UBOS
2011

New Publications: Ugandan Facts on Maternal Health, Teenage Pregnancies, Adolescent Health

Reproductive Health Uganda and DSW have published three advocacy factsheets for use during district advocacy activities and community dialogue.
Healthy Action
2008

Donors and the Political Dimensions of Health Sector Reform: The Cases of Tanzania and Uganda

This paper begins by summarizing the evidence that proactive management of the political dimensions of reform is feasible and beneficial, making...
The Advisory Board for Irish Aid
AFP Resources
Date Title Source
2016

étud de cas: Trouver des voies alternatives pour que les commodités contraceptives arrivent aux mains des utilisatrices en Ouganda

En Ouganda, le secteur privé fournit la majorité (60%) des services de contraception. La capacité du secteur privé à répondre aux besoins des...
Advance Family Planning
2015

CASE STUDY: Finding Alternative Pathways for Contraceptive Commodities to Reach Users

In Uganda, the private sector provides the majority (60%) of contraceptive services. The ability of the private sector to meet users’ needs depends...
AFP
2015

Uganda District Working Guide: Prioritizing Family Planning in Local Government Planning and Budgeting Processes

A guide for engaging local governments at the sub-national level in Uganda.
2015

Uganda’s National Population Council is inaugurated; Dr. Jotham Musinguzi is Director General

The National Population Council of Uganda was inaugurated on November 24, 2015. The autonomous government body will oversee the country’s population...
Other Resources
Date Title Source
2014

Uganda Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, 2015–2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Government of Uganda (GOU) has committed to reducing unmet need for family planning (FP) to 10 percent and increasing the modern...
Ministry of Health Uganda

Patrick Mugirwa

Programme Officer at the Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office

+256 (772) 776775

Mr. Patrick Mugirwa is a Programme Officer at the Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office. He has over 8 years of practical experience in designing, implementing and evaluating development programs including education, health, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and HIV/ AIDS. He was a co-facilitator in developing the GOU/UNFPA 5th Country Programme (2001 – 2005) monitoring and evaluation framework for reproductive health. As senior officer in the department for monitoring and evaluation at the Population Secretariat in 2002, he was in charge of developing participatory reporting; monitoring and evaluation frameworks for UNFPA supported projects. He spearheaded the development of the Uganda AFFORD Performance Monitoring Plan and oversaw its implementation as a Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at AFFORD/UHMG. His strengths include social research and analysis (quantitative and qualitative), monitoring and evaluation, impact assessments. He holds a post graduate diploma in Project Cycle Management from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands; a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Economic Policy and Planning from Makerere University, Uganda.

Jackson Chekweko

Executive Director, Reproductive Health Uganda

+256 (414) 540 658

Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO)

Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO) has a deep commitment to improving the reproductive health and rights in collaborating and partner countries, in strategic partnership with NGOs and other civil society organizations. The Africa Regional Office links African member countries who each have a strong commitment to the partnership's vision -- a continent that meets its reproductive health needs, promotes the population and development agenda and thereby addresses poverty, through South-South cooperation. 

With Advance Family Planning, PPD ARO provides a platform for the promotion of and resource mobilization for reproductive health, population and development in Africa through three elements: 1) policy dialogue; 2) networking and building strategic partnerships in the region; 3) sharing of experiences and good practices.

Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU)

Simon Richard Mugenyi

Advocacy and Communication Manager, Reproductive Health Uganda

+256 414 540 657

Simon Richard Mugenyi is a seasoned forward-looking SRHR advocate, with a wide experience in different fields that include: communication, advocacy, social accountability, human rights and community empowerment spanning over 10 years. Richard has been coordinating the AFP intervention at RHU for the last three years. He has worked with citizens and engaged leaders and decision makers at different levels resulting into increased FP/RH funding, commodity security, policy formulation and implementation and fronting citizens’ voices to shrink barriers to quality health services delivery. Richard has previously worked with the media in Uganda, AMREF Health Africa in Uganda and World Vision Uganda.

 

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