Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning

by Karin Community Initiatives Uganda
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Sensitizing 170 Gulu Women/men on Family Planning
Training VHTs
Training VHTs

Susan Ajok leaves her home early in the morning, five days a week to ride to the clinic. “I spend the morning at the clinic and so I ensure that before I leave I prepare a meal for them and return to spend sometime with my young children”, she says. At the clinic Susan volunteers as the a community health worker- helping women women keep themselves and their families health through family planning. 

 

Susan is one of the many volunteer health workers that were trained to counsel individuals about the range of natural family planning options.  But with the stigma still surrounding family planning, they need to work with the health facility staff, local leaders and religious leaders in helping women and couples.

 

Community health workers have been trained to strengthen the delivery of family planning services. In those same areas, with support from Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau we mobilized religious leaders to speak with their communities and congregations about family planning, thereby generating demand for services. The religious leaders also made referrals to Village Health Teams and facilities for family planning services. UPMB joined these three cadres—family planning providers from the facilities, community health workers, and religious leaders—to form quality-improvement teams, which meet monthly to share progress and address challenges related to promotion and delivery of family planning services.

 

For Susan, working alongside the clinic staff and religious leader makes her job easier, because this is a relatively new method. She loves the job because during her breaks as women are waiting for their children to get immunised, amidst all the crying, she gets time to talk to women about other things including on issues like hygiene, the importance of immunization and the natural family planning methods including other contraceptive options available in the clinic. 

 

Brenda is the clinical officer who oversees these activities at the clinic, she says, some women do not want contraceptives that are painful to administer and they fear the side effects, and with their own beliefs, this method is acceptable to them. 

If a woman decides to use this natural method, Susan can counsel her and get one of the staff to administer the method of her choice. 

 

Susan is highly motivated thanks to her innate desire to help others. But she was also motivated by her belief in family planning. She was one of six children, two of whom died young. She says, “Before, people reproduced without planning how their children will be in the future. How will they eat? How will they study?”

Like many African women, she made the choice to use family planning to space her children, so she could better support them. Fortunately for Betty, her husband supported her decision.

A deep need

Wherever it’s been introduced, Karin Clinic staff has helped increase access for women and adolescents, including new family planning users.

 

Family planning is being progressively scaled up throughout in the communities. We are training more village health workers to counsel and administer. That way, women can get the contraceptive wherever works best for them. More people are realizing that planning their families is one of the keys to success. “These days, family planning helps a lot,” says Susan.

Family planning—is helping teenagers like Acii, whose boyfriend refuses to use contraceptives, and young women like Atoo, who sells used clothes in the market to feed her four children. It’s helping couples like Olive and Gerald, who dream of a better future for their two small children.

“There are lots of women interested,” Susan says.

 

Friends there is need to support village health workers like Susan to get to more women out there. 

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teenage girls
teenage girls

Karin Community Initiative Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Population Day on Monday 11 in a bid to raise public awareness on the need to invest in teenage girls.

Under the theme “Harnessing Uganda’s demographic dividend: Invest in teenage girls”, the Monday activities will put a spotlight on the challenges affecting young people especially teenage girls while amplifying their voices to find solutions to these challenges.

Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world; over 78% are under 30 years old.  According to the State of Uganda Population Report 2012, Ugandan youth remain at a significant risk of sexually transmitted infections, HIV and unwanted pregnancy. 

According to Marie Stopes Uganda, 24% of girls in Uganda get pregnant below the age of 18. This implies that one out of every 10 pregnant women is below the age of 18.

To mark the World Population Day, Karin health facilities conducted a community awareness drive.  During this drive the community got the opportunity to learn about world population day with regards to the reproductive health.  During this outreach drive we also disseminated health promotion messages as well as offered free family planning counselling and blood pressure examination.

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Support us in finding lasting solutions for girls in schools, communities who are no longer able to find a meaningful life. We want all girls to have a right to safe and successful transition into adulthood and the right to embrace the opportunities that the future holds for them.

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Dear friends,

Family planning is hailed as one of the great public health achievements of the last century, and yet over 200 million women worldwide who want to use contraceptives don’t have access to them.  In the poor and rural communities women and men are not empowered to decide the number of children and timing of their births, despite the fact that complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for women in Africa. 

Voluntary family planning empowers women and men to decide when to have a child and to avoid unintended pregnancies and abortions.  This results in healthier families, communities, and nations. In addition, some methods of family planning prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. 

But despite this, many times medics are faced with the situation where the community has not yet understood the need for family planning and spacing of their children. 

I found them in the waiting room, she looked frightened and disturbed. Her husband was ready to pounce on me as soon as I walked out of the doctors room. 

I quickly sensed trouble and greeted him.

"Daktar!, he shouted out loudly". I want you to remove this “thing” off my wife’s arm. Grabbing her arm! Now he had attracted some attention from the rest of the patients. So I invited him to my office. I did not want him to cause any more unnecessary noise 

When they sat down, he again sternly spoke. “I never asked you to put this “thing” on my wife. I decide the number of my children so do need any interference with my family matters.” He emphasised.

 

As a medic, I experience this kind of emotions many times and now I know how to handle such cases. I am trained to counsel such patients. But this outburst was different, he was almost becoming violent towards me. If this is his reaction towards me, how has he reacted towards his wife. I wondered!  She obviously looked very scared, because she never spoke a word even when in the room. 

 

I noticed that he was not going to leave the room until I did what he wanted. So, I called out the nurse and asked her to take the women to the treatment room. 

 

Its only in the treatment room that she started speaking. She said that she did not want to remove the implant that was inserted on her arm. She said that she already had five children. We respected her desires as an adult. I quietly prayed at this moment. I counselled them, and asked them to return the following day for more counselling. They needed to be counselled, but how do you handle such an angry man?

 

The number of women who do not have access to an effective method of family planning remains unacceptably high. Less than 20 percent of women in sub-Saharan Africa and 34 percent of women in South Asia use modern contraceptives. As a result, each year, there are 75 million women in developing countries who experience unintended pregnancies; 20 million of whom resort to unsafe abortions. 

 

It is estimated that providing these women with access to modern contraceptives would reduce maternal deaths by 25 percent, newborn deaths by 18 percent, and unintended pregnancies by 73 percent.

By 2050, the global population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people, an increase of more than 50 percent over 2005 levels. 

This growth will only exacerbate the current health inequities for women and children, put pressure on social services and resources, and contribute significantly to the global burden of disease, environmental degradation, poverty, and conflict. 

 

Family planning is one of the best investments a country can make in its future.

 

Dear friends the challenges still remain with the increased shortages of contraceptives that undermine our programs’ ability to achieve results.  Another challenge is that some current contraceptives remain too costly for procurement groups and in some cases, for the women who use them.  Another challenge is the lack of funding to hold trainings in the community to educate them on family planning practices. 

 

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Rita
Rita

In the village market of Laliya, you will find Rita, carefully arranging and cleaning her stall, ready to sell her farm produce. She has worked in this stall for the last five years. Rita has a long story to tell and her eyes tell it all. Rita was abducted as a young girl at the age of 12 years. When she escaped with her six month old daughter strapped on back, little did she know that she would be rejected by her own family whom she had longed to see whilst in captivity. Rejected and alone Rita sought help with a local women’s group- Karin Women Farmer’s group.

She lived in poverty and turned to alcohol to drown her sorrow. During her captivity, she had contracted HIV/AIDS, not sure with what to do with her life, Rita turned to alcohol. Hoping that the alcohol would numb her pain and troubles away, she soon became known as a drunk.

Her neighbor on noticing her life struggles shared to her about the women’s group that meet once every week to learn and benefit from micro loan opportunities. She also shared that Rita can get treatment from the medical centre. But with no skills, Rita was not sure if this was a group that she could be accepted in as she could neither read nor write. 

On Tuesday afternoon, together with her neighbor they went to the Karin Centre for the weekly support group meeting; where she met many welcoming ladies. She was warmly welcomed by the group trainer and this prompted Rita into a quick decision to join this group.

After several meetings with the women group, she signed up to borrow a small loan. Rita also remarried and now has three children. In the trainings she has not only learned life skills, but also business skills to run her small business. At the Karin Medical Centre, Rita is able to see friendly medical workers and receive treatment whenever she falls sick.

When she was given a small loan to start her business and through perseverance and commitment, she is now able to provide for her family. Her children now attend school and she and her husband are happy together.

When I met Rita at the market stall, she was very warm and she welcomed me to her stall where she offered me a stool to sit on.

On asking her about her business venture; she looked at me with warmth and exclaimed and said, “I am getting by”!  Even though I had heard her story of her times in captivity before, I knew she had only told me a small portion of it.

Today, Rita remains a very consistent member of the women group, her story has changed and influenced many women in the group.

For me I see great change in Rita ….she has experienced transformation and is willing to share her experience to others.  Her story presents a need to continue serving the communities.

Through our work we are restoring Gulu, one person at a time, bringing life and renewing hope through the Karin Community Initiatives Uganda ….through people like Rita. But this work would never be accomplished without people like you.

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FP Counselling
FP Counselling

In a predominantly traditional society where women and girls’ social status is low and characterised by the ownership of land — what does the male role or involvement in family planning mean to Ugandans? Adong walked into the clinic very disturbed and clearly angry about something. “I just wish death could take me away, because my husband is abusive towards me,” cried Adong, who had come to the clinic to have the implant removed from her arm. She looked very scared and as she sat on the chair she kept looking behind, as if she was expecting someone to strike at her. Shortly, her husband stormed in. He demanded that the family planning method that his wife was using should be removed from her arm and that he has never concerted to this. Noticing a dispute between Adong and her husband the nurse requested that they come to her office. She then asked them to explain the problem at hand. Adong’s husband said he has never advised his wife to use those things (contraceptives) because according to him the role of the women is to give birth to children, he snapped. It was obviously a very difficult situation for the nurse who noticed that the couple were angry and needed some counselling. In a very professional manner the nurse started counselling the couple. According to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. “It is men who usually decide on the number and variety of sexual relationships, timing and frequency of sexual activity and use of contraceptives, sometimes through coercion or violence”. At the Karin Health facility, it is not only wives who are threatened by men, health workers have faced hostility from the men who accuse them of ruining families. For Nurse Betty, she was confronted by several men who have threatened to “teach her a lesson” if she continues to confuse their wives. Health practitioners fear that the target of reducing maternal deaths will not be met without concerted efforts of all, including men. To reduce the myths and misconceptions that men have towards family planning, the organisation should continue to create awareness about different methods fr men and women. We urge you to support this cause several programs are running that involve men for example football games where the health practitioners take time to disseminate family planning information. All this cannot be done without your support. Today, we are asking for a few clicks of your mouse: take 5 minutes to share our GlobalGiving page with your contacts and tell them why you decided to donate to us and why they should do the same. Thank you for your support!

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Karin Community Initiatives Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Hope Okeny
Gulu, Gulu Uganda

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