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UGANDA WINS FAMILY PLANNING AWARD IN KIGALI

Thursday, 15th November 2018
Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Amb. Olive Wonekha and a team of experts from Uganda receiving the ICFP 2018 award

Uganda has won the Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning Award at the country level for outstanding results in expanding access to and voluntary use of family planning services at all levels of the health system, public and private. 

Uganda was represented at the conference by Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Amb.Oliver Wonekha, the Uganda High Commissioner to Rwanda and a team of experts from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uganda. The country was credited for its leadership in ensuring that more women have access to modern contraceptive methods, and thus make informed choices on when to have children. 

While receiving award, the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Aceng hailed President Yoweri Museveni for making a pledge to devote more resources to improve the reproductive health of women and girls. "We have come a long way in advancing family planning agenda since the 2012 London summit.  Uganda committed and since then, we have moved a big stride because we have the political support from the president," Dr. Aceng stated. 

According to the FP2010 report, Uganda spends over US$ 2.2 Million annually to procure different contraceptive methods. Dr. Aceng added: "Getting this award would not have been possible without strong partnership with our FP 2020 development partners, parliamentarians, civil society, faith based and cultural leaders. It does not come without challenges, but each one of them has only strengthened our work."

This was at the recently concluded, fifth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) which took place in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 12 to 15, 2018 at the Kigali Convention Centre. Held biennially since 2009, the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) serves as a strategic inflection point for the family planning and reproductive health community worldwide. It provides an opportunity for political leaders, scientists, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and youth to disseminate knowledge, celebrate successes, and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of enabling an additional 120 million women to access voluntary, and quality contraception by 2020.

The latest Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report launched in Kigali, Rwanda on 12Th November, 2018 shows that about 2.8 million Ugandan women aged 15-49 are currently using contraceptives. This is at least one million more users compared to the trend five years ago. As such, the country has averted unsafe abortions that would have occurred as a result of unwanted pregnancies.

The report further states that with modern contraceptives, a total of 1,036,000 unintended pregnancies, 228,000 unsafe abortions and 2,500 maternal deaths have been averted due to the use of modern methods of contraception. Titled: "FP 2020, the report states that with modern contraceptives, a total of 1,036,000 unintended pregnancies, 228,000 unsafe abortions and 2,500 maternal deaths have been averted due to the use of modern methods of contraception. 

FP 2020 is a leading global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide freely and for themselves --whether, when and how many children they want to have. FP 2020: Catalyzing Collaboration", the report was released this week during the International Conference on Family Planning, in Kigali, Rwanda.

It shows that Uganda ranks 15th among the 69 lowest income countries that registers at least a 1 percent rise annually in contraceptive uptake.

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