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
Apr 5, 2017

Celina's story

Celina
Celina

Meddling in other people's lives, whether it's your family, friends or colleagues is something many of us are probably tempted to do at one point or another. 

You may or may not be someone who wants to — or feels you should — get involved in someone else's business. Some people want to get involved and others really don't. In fact, at times, becoming involved can cause a lot of resentment and it may push the person to make the wrong decision out of spite.

But at the Karin Medical Centres, we think that meddling in right way to achieve good for the families makes sense. We work along with the leaders in the communities to pass messages that affect the lives of other people. These leaders who include religious leaders, local leaders, elders or even faith based organizations (FBOs) are trusted and have a great and sustained influence on the values and behaviors regarding the health of the people. The communities trust them to advice on health issues like the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

“If it was not because of the support from my pastor I would not be alive today,” Celina explained with a dry smile. Celina’s trouble began when she met and married a young man in her village. Before long she was pregnant with their first child. However, in her first trimester, Celina started bleeding and began experiencing severe pains in her abdomen. Not knowing what to do, and where to go, she visited the nearest clinic in her village. However, by the time she arrived at the clinic, she had bled so much and subsequently she lost the baby. 

With little advice about her health, within five months Celina, was pregnant again. However, this time her church leader asked her to start attending antenatal classes, where she was advised and given treatment.  When time came for her delivery, she was ably attended to and she delivered a baby girl, whom she named Celi. 

Unfortunately, for Celina her relationship with her husband did not stay long, before long he moved out and left her and the baby for another woman. This hurt her so much that she stopped taking care of her and her baby. She was so sick one day and she visited the clinic.  It was at the clinic that she heard from the nurses about family planning,

Celina is now using family planning. “I want Celi to grow up healthy and strong. When I recall the decisions I made, I know I was not prepared physically and mentally when I first became pregnant,” she said. 

“I think it is important to space your pregnancy and plan your family to ensure that the child and mother survive and grows well,” she added.

Celina is also now learning how to make baskets from a group of women she met during the antenatal classes that she attended. She plans to use this skill to start a business. She hopes to open up her own shop someday. “I am now more optimistic about my future,” she proudly states. 

At the clinics we encourage women and couples to plan the number, spacing, and timing of their children, it benefits the individuals, families, and communities. We work with the leaders to teach on health behaviour, at marriage, family structure, gender roles and preventative health practices like strategies couples could use to achieve preferred family size. They have the power to significantly increase the demand for and use of health services. 

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Support us to reach women like Celina who are not victims, women are agents of change, women are drivers of progress, women are peace makers- all they need is a chance.

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Karin Community Initiatives Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Hope Okeny
Gulu, Gulu Uganda

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