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Uganda family planning programs: Lessons from the field

Paige A Bowen, Minnesota International Health Volunteers
Jolene Mullins
Laura Ehrlich, Minnesota International Health Volunteers
Diana Dubois, Minnesota International Health Volunteers

This case study describes the findings from family planning programs implemented by Minnesota International Health Volunteers in two districts of Uganda. Key program strategies include: expanded service delivery by enabling a range of providers (community-based, private, public health facilities) to deliver family planning information, referrals, and services; community mobilization; capacity-building of health unit staff; collaboration with other private voluntary agencies; and innovative information, education and communications methods to promote family planning messages. Knowledge, practice and coverage (KPC) surveys were conducted with 300 women of reproductive age (WRA) using cluster sampling methods. Results from the initial district where work began in 1996 showed a doubling of modern contraceptive use among WRA (from 6% to 14%) and a decline in pregnancies from 16% to 10%. The study explores family planning strategies in under-served communities and new findings garnered from recent scale-up of the program to two districts in Uganda.

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Presented in Poster Session 4