Kyosiga Community Christian Association for Development (KACCAD) in partnership with Bbira Health Center has been conducting sensitization seminars on family planning issues. Now the project has been expanded in both geographical and operational scope. The project’s services are now also being provided at KACCAD Medical Center located in Lusaze slum area.
The project is focusing on improving women’s control over their fertility thereby facilitating their involvement in the overall planning of their families. The project provides free family planning services to the objectively identified underprivileged women, and offering similar services to other women but at subsidized costs. The undertaking will be externally funded for the first 18 months, after which it will be expected to have generated adequate income to be able to continue without further donor funding.
The fertility rate for Uganda according to the 2012 State of Uganda Report is between 6 and 7 children per woman. However there are isolated cases where families have up to 12 children. In a country like Uganda where most women are extremely poor and therefore financially unable to meet their expenditure obligations, having such a huge number of children in one family is paramount to disaster. This high fertility rate is caused by a number of factors:
- Some spouses being completely ignorant of family planning issues
- Some husbands having a ‘to whom it will concern’ attitude towards family planning concerns and leaving the issue to be handled by their spouses
- Some women being aware of family planning services but unable to access the relevant materials and services because of being underprivileged
The working solution to this type of challenge then is to educate the public about the available family planning services and implore couples to access them; sensitize husbands about the need for them to be fully involved in birth control strategies and providing free family planning services to underprivileged women and then at subsidized costs to other women.
The overall aim of the project is to improve accessibility to family planning services and materials by the underprivileged women in the program area. The project objectives are:
- To provide free family planning services to the underprivileged women
- To increase access to family planning materials by the underprivileged women
- To provide family planning services and materials to the rest of the public at subsidized costs
- To sustainably operate the family planning unit to the benefit of the underprivileged women
The following are the expected results from implementing the intervention:
- Increased access to quality family planning services by the underprivileged women
- Increased access to family planning materials by the underprivileged women
- Increased control of one’s fertility by the underprivileged women
- Increased involvement of husbands in family planning strategies of their families
- Reduced cases of domestic violence in families, which usually stems from excessive financial pressure due to large number of family members
- Reduced maternal and child mortality rates as a result of improved planning of families by both parents
- Increased impact and health benefits of the KACCAD’s health services delivery program among the target communities
Strengthened partnerships and networking between KACCAD and its development partners