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

We have wonderful news to share! 

With invaluable support from GlobalGiving donors, we were able to reach more women through this program!  We are continuing to train more community health workers on sexual and reproductive health and family planning to enable them to raise awareness among other women in their communities. 

We have learned that collaborating with community health workers, is a very effective way to provide essential and life-saving information to women regarding sexual and reproductive health and family planning services.

The generous support of donors (GlobalGiving inclusive), enabled us to send our senior clinical officer, Kevina Aza for training on safe family planning services. Kevina received training on reproductive health and family planning. She will organise educational events and sessions to share this valuable information with women and men in the communities.  She has already started preliminary discussions with them. This grassroots level engagement has proven to be very effective, as Community Health Workers are highly respected in their respective communities.  Their positions in their communities enables them to ensure that important information regarding reproductive health and family planning services reaches both men and women. 

Since last year when the family planning programme was initiated, it showed a steady rise. However, within one month after receiving the training, 142 new family planning users have been reached.  The majority of them are in the age bracket of 25 to 30 years and have between three to four children.  This result demonstrates that this model of education is effective in reaching young women especially newly married women, who benefit from education regarding birth spacing. 

We introduced a voucher system for the community health workers. This voucher is used to monitor how active a community health workers is. Our referral reports continue to demonstrate that “word of mouth” recommendations are important as well as effecgtive factors that influence women’s decisions to visit our clinics.

We are very grateful for the generous support of Marie Stoppes International’s project. Whose visual training materials has proved to be very effective in reaching a broad spectrum of women with reproductive health education irrespective of their level of education or literacy. Women have been trained and given knowledge on reproductive health and family planning.

This important work could not have been done without your support!  We will continue to update you on our efforts to reach even more women living in remote communities.

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Thanks for your generousity, 6 village health team have reached more than 62
women in Gulu!

By Filder Anek – Medical officer in charge

With support from generous donors like you we were able to train 6 community health workers who we refer to as village health team (VHT) to serve in the community. They have been empowered to talk to women of child bearing age in the communities about family planning and reproductive health. Since the onset of the project, we have seen a rise in the number of women visiting the health centre for family planning services. Last month alone we saw a total of 62 women who were provided reproductive health education in the health centre and more were provided during our outreach days. 

The VHTs are targeting women of child bearing ages because of the high teenage pregancy rates, they will continue to conduct educational sessions.

All of the attendees at the outreach sessions receive vouchers referring them to Karin Medical Clinics for additional counseling and voluntary family planning services. Analysis of the referral log book revealed the training has made a positive impact on the number of new family planning users, resulting in an increase in family planning users amongst women of child bearing age.  

After the outreach sessions we have achieved an increase in clients using Karin Medical Centre services. A total of 62 women attended the outreach health education sessions. Of these attendees, 15 women visited Karin medical Centre clinics as new clients for family planning, reproducitve health services, such as prenatal and postnatal healthcare. According the referral log book, of the 15 clients successfully referred to Karin medical centre, 13 received family planning services for the first time.

As we anticipated, we have noted increased acceptance by the traditional women about the family planning needs. When the VHTs explain to them about family planning and reproductive health, Karin Medical Centre saw an increased acceptance by older women who did not understand family planning in the past and they were able to
explain to their daughters and to the even to their daughters-in-law. This will ultimately lead to increased access by young women to reproductive health services which will reduce maternal deaths.

We encourage you to read our updates on the project’s progress as the VHTs continue to host health education sessions in their communities, improving access to and use of life-saving reproductive health and family planning services.

Thank you again for supporting this amazing work!

young women who attend outreach seesions
young women who attend outreach seesions


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Robert the team leader
Robert the team leader

Our clinic cannot serve everyone, because our focus is maternal and child health care. At the same time we do not also turn away the vulnerable patients like childern under five years old or expectant mothers. However, practicing our mission in the communities we serve is important to our organization. It's who we are!

Every week we carry out community outreaches, it is the task of
the village health team, the local leaders and the staff to decide which
community they will visit. It is also done on a needs basis, when the community
requests us to visit them; or sometimes we do random visits.

"Outreach activity is held on Thursdays of every week. And on this afternoon,
the health team went to the local village of Layik. It was a wonderful
experience to share time with this community and bring not only the healthcare
they need, but also to distribute to them mosquito nets. Everyone was very
happy - both the outreach team and the community members. Our team carried out
a health talk to these youth about their health needs. In addition to testing
and counseling, we donated mosquito nets to the mothers with children under
five years.

On this day we carried out testing to about 28 youths. We also
gave out 15 mosquito nets to mothers with children under five years.

It was a good day, because we allowed the youth to ask as many
questions as possible. They were relaxed and felt free to ask as they wished. We
later had a small drama and sang songs together, and they thanked us for our work.
This is not the last but the first of many visits. It was wonderful.

* * *

Friends!: Thanks, as always, for supporting our work in this community! HIV/AIDS is real and we need to continue carrying out sensitisation especially to the youth. Malaria is the biggest threat amongst the cases that we attend to in the health centre. We urge our donors to gift the children and expectant mothers especially with bed nets to reduce malaria in the community.

We  always wish you the best and thank you for your compassion and generosity.

worth listening to even during business hours
worth listening to even during business hours
listening attentively!
listening attentively!


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Filda attending the grassroot women
Filda attending the grassroot women

This month the women in our community joined hands with the rest of the world to celebrate the International
Women’s Day 2013 with a theme symbolic of our post-conflict recovery and development efforts: “The Gender Agenda: Connecting Grassroots Women to Development”.

It was important for us to connect rural women to our post-conflict recovery and development efforts. It is crucial because all the vital statistics relating to women and girls show dire outcomes for our post-conflict recovery and development:

Our Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) still stands at a high of 143 deaths for every 100,000 successful deliveries;

Our Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is still unacceptably high at 25 deaths for every 1000 live births;

Our Mothers and Children are still exposed to such high malnutrition that 30% of our children are stunted, 16.7% retarded, and 5% are wasting away.  As a result of such inauspicious mother- and childhood figures, Gulu District is beset with the following:

  • 23 women die every year due to pregnancy-related complications;
  • 9 children die every day due to preventable health-related conditions;
  • 3 out of every 10 children are stunted;
  • 56 out of every 100 women do not use family planning;
  • only 42 out of every 100 women attend the requisite four antenatal visits;
  • 77 out of 100 men do not accompany their wives for health services; and
  • 15 out of 100 deliveries are still conducted at home.

When you add to this the fact that up to 34 out of every 100 households in Gulu District do not have latrines, the management of the health centre felt that in order to reduce these numbers,we should not only carry out
health talks in the health centre but reach out in the villages too: health is made at home. It is only repaired in health centers and hospitals.

The management of the health centre feels that if we do not connect to the grassroots women first we cannot ensure much development.  It is only after we have given the rural woman and child a fighting chance at surviving high Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates that we can hope to successfully go about providing the wherewithal that
will connect them to development.

It was a marker of our intention to fight the obstacles preventing the rural, grassroots woman from participating fully in our post-conflict recovery and development efforts.

Karin Children Medical Centre believe in joining hands with the community in supporting the grassroot women it is like the famous quotation from the great British author Dorothy L. Sayers who said:

“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him – or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”

I therefore take this opportunity, to thank our donors who have seen us through these time. In so doing we will have finally and irrevocably connected grassroots women to development.

Local women
Local women
one to one with Filda
one to one with Filda
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A happy new year to you dear friend.

We share again with you happiness in this new year from all the children and their mothers you are immunizing through this project every year.

Immunisation exercise has now become a weekly activity since the opening of the health centres with increased number of mothers turning up each week. This is an achievement to us becuase it means that more children are getting immunised. The village health team move around the villages every week before the immunisation days to remind mothers to take their children for immunisation. They also remind expectant mothers to go for tetanus shots too.

Sarah Lawino is pictured in the photo holding her son Ojok (22 months), they have just had his immunisation at the Karin Children medical centre.

Sarah is from from the nearby village, Agonga.  Sarah told us that coming to this health centre was really an opportunity because it is very near to her home. She now can quickly go back to tend to her home and her business. In the past she had to walk very far away, and by the time she gets back home, she is tired and hungry, her children would be waiting for her and it would also cost her business too.  This will not happen anymore and she will continue coming back for the other immunisation days too. She tells us that Ojok did not cry so much during the immunisation and she believes the health workers were very good too.

Sarah tells us that she is going to tell her friends and neighbours to bring the children to Karin children medical centre because the health workers are very friendly and the service is very quick. She narrates to us how this is different from the government health centres where there are hundreds of mothers and childern waiting to be attended to. And one has to get to the health centre very early, and this can be very inconviniencing 

Sarah says that many mothers are put off by the long waiting ques and then they end up postponing the immunisation of their children. Some mothers even do not take their children at all for immunisation because they do not know the importance. She urged us to carry out health education in the market days and this will increase the awarneness about immunisation.

Friends tell us what you think of our work? We need to reach out to more mothers and children, can you support us to attract a wider support?

Happy New Year to you and we also wish you a great year ahead.

With warm regards,


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Karin Community Initiatives Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Hope Okeny
Gulu, Gulu Uganda

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