A3 IRH FAMILY PLANNING PROJECT: Expanding Family Planning Access, Availability, and Awareness

Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) is working with Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) to increase awareness, availability and uptake of fertility awareness-based methods (FAM) of family planning namely Standard Days Method® (SDM), TwoDay Method®, and Locational Amenorrhea Method (LAM).

This is an 18 months project running from 1st January 2014 to 30th June 2015 which aims at improving access and availability of family planning, including fertility awareness-based methods thus improving healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. The project will strengthen both facility- and community-based services through provider training and demand generation in the catchment areas of eight UPMB health facilities spread geographically across the country. These eight facilities are; Azur Health Centre IV in Hoima district; Kolonyi and Chrisco Hospitals in Mbale and Manafwa districts; Rugarama Hospital in Kabale, North Kigezi Health centre IV in Rukungiri; and Kagando Hospital, Rwesande Health centre IV and St Paul Health centre IV in Kasese district.  The participating health facilities make FAM methods widely accessible through multiple service delivery channels referring to evidence-based technical guidance and providing client-centered services.

The project is strengthening the capacity of health units to integrate simple FAM methods into family planning services. In addition, the project is generating and disseminating knowledge and evidence-based tools for increasing fertility awareness and access to family planning services.

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