An additional 159,000 Ugandans started using new contraceptive methods last year according to a new report titled, Family planning (FP) 2020 progress report, 2013/2014.
The report, a work of several development agencies, is a follow-up assessment to the 2012 London summit on family planning. During the summit, global leaders committed to expanding contraceptive access to an additional 120 million girls in the world’s 69 poorest countries by 2020.
In the two years since the London summit, which was attended by President Museveni, Uganda has made remarkable progress especially in advocacy for change and enrolling more people on the use of modern contraception such as birth control pills, depo-provera (injectable contraception), intra-uterine devices and condoms.
For advocacy, the report notes that beginning with the 2014/2015 fiscal year, Uganda’s government increased its allocation for family planning supplies to $6.9 million (about Shs 17bn). It has also successfully mobilised an additional $5 million in donor financing from development partners, primarily the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), USAID and DFID.
“These are big wins, with national and international repercussions. As a result, virtually all forms of contraception will now be freely available at public health clinics, sex education provided in schools and public health workers will receive family planning training,” reads the report.
Youth-friendly services have also been scaled up to 50 per cent of the health centre IVs and 100 per cent of district hospitals. Currently, a national health insurance bill is under consideration by cabinet. FP 2020 envisions that the total number of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries using modern contraception would grow from 258 million in 2012 to 306 million in 2020, an increase of 48 million.