Midwife shows a VHT member how to provide DMPA-IM to client during training. Photo credit: Evelyn Akumu, FHI 360.
Between 2012 and 2019, APC worked closely with a number of East African FBOs and CBOs to advance family planning in last-mile communities. Along with colleagues from these organizations and USAID, in September 2019 the project held a consultative workshop, “Voices of Experience,” to harvest the wisdom of individuals and groups working in this area and to inform new activities and possible funding going forward.
The goal of APC in Uganda over the past five years was to reduce mistimed and unwanted pregnancies among teenagers and women of low parity and contribute to a reduction in total fertility rate. Learn more about the work and the results accomplished over this time period.
Download the curriculum and trainer's guide used by APC Uganda to help teach adults to communicate with youth from a Christian perspective. Participants practice communication skills and learn factual information linked to religious teachings and appropriate Bible verses. The manual encourages open discussion about sexuality, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS in the context of the Christian community.
Effective and sustainable health interventions are coordinated, multifaceted, and multisectoral, and leverage the resources and expertise of the public, faith-based, and private health sectors. This is especially the case with family planning activities, for which partnerships across health and non-health sectors have great potential to create demand for and improve delivery of family planning services.
APC in Uganda aims to ensure that all Ugandans have access to high-quality, voluntary family planning services. Over the last five years, APC Uganda’s activities have increasingly focused on improving the capacity of Ugandan religious leaders to convey family planning information to their congregations—including youth—and communities while ensuring that faith-based health facilities are equipped with family planning products and knowledgeable staff.
Since May 2018, APC has been implementing activities in three sub-counties of Buyende District. Interventions have included community-based family planning; teaching cultural leaders about the role of improved parenting and school attendance in preventing teen pregnancy; convincing faith-based institutions to endorse and promote FP uptake; and making grants to local organizations.
APC Uganda recently convened an end of project learning event and site visit on June 19-20, 2019. The objective of the event was to share project achievements, lessons learned, challenges and recommendations with the Ministry of Health, donors, and implementing partners.
APC grantee, WellShare International, is piloting an important contraception initiative in six sub-counties of Iganga and Bugweri Districts, Uganda. In July 2018, 70 village health team members and 12 health workers were trained to teach clients to self-inject subcutaneously administered depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC).
The Anglican Church of Uganda helps protect the health of mothers and children by educating communities on family planning and providing family planning care in its clinics in Uganda. Watch a video by APC grantee CCIH showcasing local reverends discussing their views on family planning.
The Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project in Uganda has implemented the revised Emanzi intervention in three districts and more than 3,000 men have graduated since the intervention started in 2015.