Kampala | RedPepper Digital – The Ministry of Health has released the much anticipated National Family planning advocacy strategy for the period of 2020/2021 to 2024/25.
In an official statement issued to the media, the Ministry revealed that the plan highlights the key comprehensive set of family planning interventions the Government of Uganda is pursuing in promoting Reproductive health in Uganda
It also revealed that the plan is spurred by the recognition that addressing the current situation requires a multi-pronged approach.
“The contraceptive prevalence rate is an outcome of a combination of factors that include: access to information, education, and counselling; family planning commodity security; staff availability and skills; as well as social and cultural influences,” read the statement offering an insight into the advocacy strategy and implementation plan.
Uganda’s population is estimated at 40,308,000 in 2019. From 34,634,650 in 2014, the population is projected to grow to 69,746,400 by 2040 at an average AGR of 3.0%. Women of reproductive age 15-49 years constitute 48% of the population, and teenagers 13-19 years make up 17.3%.
The total demand for FP among married women stood at 67%. Forty percent (40%) wanted to delay childbearing – by either delaying their first birth or spacing another birth – for at least two years, and 27% did not want any more children or wanted to limit births. Just 39% of married women were already using contraception.
FULL: National Family Planning Advocacy Strategy Plan 2020/21 – 2024/25