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).