STRIDES for Family Health: Our Impact

Sam Kafumbirwango and Doreen Nabukenya talking in Bekiina village, Uganda. {Photo credit: MSH}Photo credit: MSH

Doreen Nabukenya, a Ugandan woman living in Bekiina village, had her first child at the age of 17. She couldn't afford the fees to complete school.

James Tenywa in Uganda. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

James Tenywa, a 43-year-old shop owner living in the eastern region district of Kamuli in Uganda, is the father of ten children and husband to two wives. After his tenth child, James realized how hard it was to provide food, shelter and education for his children and he felt he was having trouble supporting such a large family.He heard people in his village talk about family planning -- including the option of a vasectomy as a method available for men. However, it was rare for men in the village to take part in family planning.

Herbert Kaswa is a Medical Clinical Officer at the Family Life Education Program (FLEP)’s Busoga Diocese clinic. He has been working in the medical field since 2001. The Busoga Diocese clinic was not fully functioning when Herbert started working there. The clinic only offered short-term methods of family planning, such as birth control pills, due to lack of funding and inadequate training of staff. In addition, the clinic did not have the funds or the resources to provide outreach services to people living in remote areas.

A FLEP doctor performs family planning services at Kamuli health clinic. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

A performance-based financing (PBF) grant has helped the Kamuli VSC health clinic in Kamuli District, Uganda drastically increase the quantity of family planning services provided to clients. In September 2010, the clinic saw 10 family planning clients per week; now nearly 80 clients receive family planning services each week. Kamuli VSC health clinic is supported by Family Life Education Program (FLEP), a local private sector organization that STRIDES for Family Health has assisted with a PBF contract since September 2010.

The STRIDES for Family Health project was officially launched August 27 in Kampala, Uganda, in an event attended by representatives from MSH and its project partners, the Uganda Ministry of Health, the Uganda Parliament, and the Uganda USAID Mission. Other attendees included administrative and health officials from the 15 Ugandan districts collaborating with the USAID-funded STRIDES project, and representatives from civil society and other stakeholder organizations.

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