Family planning

CSOs call for action on family planning goals

A group of civil society organizations have urged the government to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, including for family planning by 2030.

In 2017, Uganda became a signatory to Family Planning 2020, which is now Family Planning 2030 (FP2030).

“Young people are the largest population in this country, but are also the least well served in terms of family planning, a larger percentage of unmet need is among adolescents and young people,” said Dr. Peter Idembe, Director Reproductive Health Uganda programs at a conference. workshop in Kampala last Friday.

The meeting held under the theme “Empowering Youth for Uganda’s FP2030 Agenda”, saw several youth and reproductive health organizations begin the dissemination process.

“For implementation to be effective, the dissemination of these commitments must start with young people in rural centres,” said Dr Idembe.

“We need to ensure that all young people are supported and once we have engaged these are the people we need to focus on, the vulnerable, hard to reach and underserved,” he added .

Dr Dinah Nakiganda, head of the Ministry of Health, said the government was aiming to reduce population growth from 3.2% to 2.4%.

“One of the objectives of this meeting is to [create] an implementation plan that will be shared with the Ministry of Health on how we will implement the FP2030 Uganda commitments. We also need to develop a roadmap on how to hold our government accountable,” Dr Nakiganda said.

She added, “These pledges prioritize teenagers because we know our population is predominantly young people.”

Ms Betty Kyadondo, director of family planning at the National Population Council, said the government had pledged to increase the prevalence rate of modern contraception for all women from 30.4 percent to 39.6 percent by 2025.

She also proposed that the government devote 50 percent of national resources each year to family planning supply and warehousing, among other things.

Family Planning Commitments 2030

– Increase equitable access and voluntary use of modern contraceptive methods for all women and couples
-Increase funding for adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs
-Address myths and misconceptions about family planning through evidence-based sexual and behavior change communication
-Ensure the safety of contraceptive products
-Strengthen policy and enabling environment for family planning
– Strengthen the use of family planning data at all levels.

Government Roots for Digitized Data for Children

The Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development has called for an increase in the capture of digital data on children to build and maintain a strong evidence base that it can use for planning and monitoring.

The permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Aggrey Kibenge, made the appeal as he received a new computer server from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kampala last Friday to support the work of the government in the monitoring and follow-up of interventions.

“One of the key strategies as part of systems strengthening is to promote evidence-based planning and programming for children that the ministry seeks to implement through updating and upgrading orphans and vulnerable people.

Children Management Information System (OVC MIS) to a comprehensive child welfare information system to improve access to quality data,” said Mr. Kibenge.

USAID Uganda Mission Director Richard Nelson said such facilities help ministries to be more efficient in their work, including data collection and management.

More than 350,000 vulnerable children will be monitored thanks to the computer server- Additional reporting by Esther Oluka