Marie Stopes Health App Challenge

App Challenge_PosterUniversity students are set to gather with tech enthusiasts at a two-day health hackathon scheduled to take place on 13th and 14th May 2016 in Kampala.

The first ever inter-university hackathon on health, specifically sexual reproductive health is being organized by Marie Stopes in conjunction with Hostalite Cyber Academy.
Young people from different universities, along with innovators, developers, partners and Marie Stopes Uganda will gather for a two-day hackathon dubbed #Hcahack.
It will be a collaborative event that aims to have the participants develop a mobile health app solution that promotes young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.
This event will witness participants from 12 universities and they code programs and applications to meet the objectives of the hackathon. Each university will be represented by a group of four individuals.
Developers from the different universities who can code along with the association of young people who can make successful mobile application solutions are encouraged to apply.
The participants will spend 24 hours building a new mobile app. Four teams will develop the app which is designed to increase uptake of Sexual Reproductive Health Services in Uganda. On completion, each team will present a demo their project (app) to other hackers taking part in the hackathon and to an audience of over 100 local supporters gathered to hear/learn about the best app and to celebrate the launch of the top app selected.
The winning team will walk away with mega prizes in addition to 3 months incubation at the Hostalite Cyber Academy, exposure to funding from Marie Stopes Innovation fund.
“It is our duty to support, shape, encourage and help the young Innovators reach their potential.”
Powered by Marie Stopes Uganda, sponsored by Vodafone and organized by Hostalite Cyber Academy, the hackathon responds to a growing commitment to leverage information and communication technologies to empower young people, complimenting Marie Stopes Uganda’s ongoing work in the area of reproductive health.
Using methods drawn from design thinking and creative problem solving, the hackathon will encourage participants to think outside-the-box and design unconventional solutions to promote young people’s sexual reproductive health. The hackathon will follow principles of “user-centred design”, actively engaging young people in the development of solutions that are based on their real needs and experiences. After two days of designing and developing, the hackathon will conclude with a pitch session, where an expert panel of judges will select the winning app prototype(s)

Six Girls Only But Happily Contented

Tubal ligation (TL) is a surgical family planning procedure which renders a woman permanently incapable of giving birth or making someone pregnant. But what would make someone decide never to get pregnant again?
For 31-year-old Hasfah Logose, a resident of Jinja municipality, it is the number of children and her inability to care for them.
“I have six children, with the eldest being 13 and the youngest now four months old. They are all girls but even though I don’t have any boy, I don’t want to give birth to any other child,” Logose said as she awaited her turn to be taken to the theatre for her tubes to be cut.
She adds that her children have three fathers but her current partner and the father to her last born has seven wives and is never around. However, even though she has come to be worked upon today, she wanted to stop giving birth about four years ago.

Logose and her baby
“I wanted to stop giving birth four years ago but my friends discouraged me saying that it is too painful and that after the surgery, the tubes reconnect and one can get pregnant again. Others instead encouraged me to use herbal methods all in vain,” Logose continues.
Logose is one of the women who are now able to get the service after Marie Stopes – Uganda, a non-governmental organisation trained clinical officers to carry out the minor surgery in the absence of doctors. Over the past years, Marie Stopes Uganda has piloted task sharing of surgical contraception namely tubal ligation and vasectomy using clinical officers. Data accruing from the Clinical Officers study on Task Sharing suggests that the intervention is safe, acceptable and highly satisfactory. Task sharing is therefore fundamental in increasing access to surgical contraceptive services in Uganda.

Introducing to you our first baby on the URHVP project

Under the voucher HBBH158772, the first project baby has come from Nyakatsiro health Centre III located at Kagorogoro village, Bitereko Sub-county, Mitooma district. This is a private not for profit (PNFP) facility owned and managed by the Catholic Church. The first baby is a girl born on 26/03/2016 at 3:30am, weighing 3.5kgs. Both the mother and the baby are in good condition. Parents of the baby are;
• Nduhukire Racheal 28years (mother)
• Muhumuza Francis 32years (father)
The couple resides in Kagorogoro – Bitereko Sub-county. Nduhukire Racheal has had 5 pregnancies, with 4 children alive. 1 died due to severe malaria, she had an abortion at 8/52.
“We are happy, the voucher has finally come to our rescue. I and my husband were worried how we were going to foot the whole bill of the hospital. We are now thinking of stopping to produce babies for a long time. Thank you very much for the voucher, may God bless you” Nduhukire Racheal

On the same day of 26/03/2016 at 9:00pm, we received a second baby boy from same facility of Nyakasiro HCIII. Born in good condition.
• Birth weight 2.3kgs
• Mother – Nayebare Annet
• Father – Karimu Abdu
The couple comes from Sherere – Kiyanga Sub-county- Mitooma District. This is the first child of this couple.
“We can’t express our joy for this voucher, it has done wonders to us”. Karimu Abdu father of the baby

Marie stopes Uganda opens up new Centre in Jinja

New baby: Marie stopes Uganda opens up new Centre in Jinja

As the New Year was rolling in, Marie stopes Uganda was not only planning to stay in business but to also expand its service delivery to other cities. On, January 15, 2016, Marie Stopes opened up its new Jinja Centre to the public that will be providing a number of services to all people.

The day started with musical pomp and attractive display of the Marie Stopes brand in the city, with free distribution of life guard condoms and Information Education Communication materials in town.

The keys to the Jinja Centre were delivered by the Head of Clinical Services; Atungire Wycliffe to the guest of Honour that day Dr Carole Sekimpi; the Managing Director Marie Stopes Uganda who gladly without hesitation cut the tape as the other invited guests and staff clapped and cheered on.

The clinic will be working from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm.

These services shall include;

  • General medical services
  • Laboratory services and ultra sound scanning
  • Antenatal and postnatal care
  • Family planning
  • Cervical cancer screening and therapy
  • Immunization
  • Post abortion care to mention but a few.

The center is located on a quiet calm street on plot 13B, Lubas road in Jinja town.

You can reach the Centre manager on 0703001446 or 0703001445 to make an appointment while in Jinja. Have you visited our Centre yet?

Marie Stopes Uganda won 2 Awards in December 2015

Marie Stopes Uganda won 2 Awards in December 2015

  1. Best provider of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services

Awarded by the consumer preference awards 2015. The consumer preference awards are aimed at ensuring that organizations and individuals who go that extra distance for their customers get the recognition they deserve. The CPA is dedicated to identifying and promoting companies that exemplify superior customer service, integrity, and professionalism. The Consumers Preference Award recipients were chosen by the consumers for the various products.

  1. Best Integrated report award

Awarded by the East Africa Responsible business Awards 2015 for MSU’s contribution to the health sector especially towards provision of Family Planning services to the public.

URHVP – The project finally comes to life.

URHVP – The project finally comes to life.

 As we begin the New Year, there is a lot of anxiety and excitement about the URHVP, this is because it’s in this year that we expect to see our very first healthy babies delivered under the project. This will be a joy to all the teams that have been working so hard since the project started in September 2015.The contentment of all of us achieving our main aim; helping that poor rural pregnant woman to access skilled care during pregnancy and delivery hence contributing to the maternal health indicators in the country.

In brief, the Uganda Reproductive Health Voucher Project (URHVP) is a Ministry of Health program to be implemented in partnership with Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU) with support from the World Bank. The overarching goal of the URHVP is to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity through increased access to skilled care (Voucher Based Services) during pregnancy, delivery and postnatal period.

This is a follow on project, on a successful pilot voucher scheme to provide safe delivery services to poor pregnant women.  The Uganda Reproductive Health Vouchers Program (RHVP), launched in September 2008, and financed by the German Development Bank (KfW) and the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), provided a grant in support of a voucher scheme to provide safe delivery and Sexually-Transmitted Infections (STI) services to rural communities in Western Uganda.


This four years project will be implemented in the South- Western and Eastern districts of  Uganda in Mbarara, Kabale, Kanungu, Ntungamo Kiruhura, Sheema, Buhweju, Mitooma, Ibanda, Isingiro, Bushenyi ,Rubirizi, Rakai, Sembabule,Masaka, Jinja, Kamuli, Buyende, Kaliro,  Luuka, Mayuge, Iganga, Namutumba, Kibuku, Tororo,  and Namayingo.

Services to be offered by ‘the Voucher service providers’

  • ANC services
  • eMTCT services
  • Safe skilled delivery
  • EMOC services
  • Postnatal care
  • Postnatal Family planning



The approach:

Marie Stopes Uganda is partnering with both public and private facilities to create an expanded service delivery system and promote access to quality and affordable maternity services to the rural poor. Existing public and private health facilities that meet the minimum clinical requirements for safe maternity services will be mapped and contracted to provide high quality voucher based maternity services.

Service Provider Selection Criteria.  The scheme will use both public and private service providers licensed to practice by the relevant medical councils. The selection of service providers will be guided by the following principles:

  1. Location in the areas mapped under the project;
  2. Expression of interest to provide safe delivery services;
  3. Licensed to practice by the appropriate medical council; and
  4. Capacity to provide the defined package of services.


As of now, Marie Stopes Uganda Teams are out in the field assessing the facilities that applied to join in the implementation of the project. After the facilities are assessed, they will then be contracted by MSU and trainings of the various categories of implementers will commence. All involved parties will get to know their roles and responsibilities. The voucher cycle will be explained for all to know how it will reach that poor rural pregnant woman and how she will use it and from where.

After the trainings; service provision will immediately start offering the URHVP service package to the beneficiaries. It is at this point that we expect to see our first URHVP baby!!! Can’t wait.

Marie Stopes paints Kampala City festival blue with life guard condoms

108,000 life guard condoms were freely distributed. Consistent and correct use of condoms prevents unplanned pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

#KampalaCityFestival— Kampala streets were jammed with hundreds of excited people making their way to the Kampala City festival on Sunday 4th October 2015.

Kampala City Festival is a signature brand that draws multitudes of people to Kampala every first Sunday of October every year to celebrate culture, unity and provides immense networking opportunities for business.

The biggest street party in East-Africa is now an annual event that brings together all City dwellers, stakeholders and business people. It focuses on togetherness, one of the city’s oldest and richest cultural ideas. In 2014 it attracted over 2 million revelers cutting across different age groups and races.

Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU) is one of the largest and fastest growing not-for-profit non-governmental Reproductive health organizations in Uganda that delivers high quality, cost effective and sustainable reproductive health interventions across every district of Uganda. MSU is a client-centered and results-oriented social enterprise, with a mission of supporting Ugandan families to have children by choice not chance hence Marie Stopes Uganda could not miss this exciting event.

At the city festival, Marie Stopes Uganda donated 1800 dispensers that saw 108,000 free life guard  condoms  distributed. By midday, 10 cartons had been distributed and the demand was still high to the extent that 20 more cartons were brought. Marie Stopes ended up supplying a tune of 30 cartons all together.

We conducted health education talks on how to consistently and correct use of  condoms to prevent unplanned  pregnancies and  Sexual Transmission Diseases. This was done in conjunction with a group of youth passionate about reproductive health and youth friendly services.

The Life guard condom wallets are usually sold at 500 shillings per  pack and a dispenser at 4200 shillings.The life guard condoms are of high quality and are very effective in prevention of  unplanned  pregnancies and STDs. Lifeguard condoms are studded and extra strong to give you extra pleasure. As Bob the rider says, cover your head and enjoy the ride!

On this fine occasion, songs, dances, food, merry making, shopping, culture and diversity were all enjoyed right in the middle of this great metropolis. This exuberant, dynamic and creative event was the best year ever in the history of the city festival since its inception in 2013. This year’s theme was COLOUR and Marie Stopes Uganda did what it could do by spreading the life guard blue color all over the city.

Marie Stopes Uganda named Best Reproductive Health and Family Planning Organisation

Marie Stopes Uganda’s contribution to Millennium Development Goals and service to women and families of Uganda recognized by President Museveni

Marie Stopes Uganda has been named Best Reproductive Health and Family Planning Organisation 2014 in this years’ Uganda Responsible Investment awards, presented by President YK Museveni.

For example, by expanding contraceptive choice to women who were not previously using family planning – and enabling other women to continue using it – Marie Stopes Uganda estimates that our services account for a full 7% of contraceptive prevalence in Uganda. This is up from 4.2% in 2010.

The award was presented Friday evening as part of a national ceremony honouring key contributions to Uganda’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals,

Dr Deepmala Mahla, our Country Director in Uganda, said after receiving the award:

We are honoured and humbled to be recognised in this way, and we thank the Government of Uganda for its continued commitment to the reproductive health of Ugandans, and for the trust they have placed in us during the more than 20 years we have worked for the women and families of Uganda. We hope that our collaboration will continue long into the future so that we can continue to serve the needs of Ugandans, wherever they live, whatever their circumstances.

In 2013, 931,000 people were using a family planning method that MS Uganda had provided, and our work in partnership with the Government of Uganda to reduce the unmet need for contraception is central to the national development plan and aligned to national commitments to address MDGs 3, 4 and 5, particularly 5b.

In partnership with the Government, it is estimated that just over one in 10 women aged 15-49 in Uganda are now using contraception provided by MS Uganda, and by the invitation of the Ministry of Health, we anticipate that we will make a catalytic impact in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality as the Voucher Management Agency for the National Reproductive Health Voucher project begins over the next five years.

The life call: Marie Stopes hosts its first hotline flash mob

Did you know that even without airtime you can actually call 0800 120 333 for free to access emergency counselling when stranded and your partner is bleeding? So was the case in the flash mob message that was staged at the Owino market.

A man turns up with his wife experiencing pain and post-partum haemorrhage; he tries calling but he is short on credit. A Samaritan assists him with his phone to call the closest local doctor but unfortunately the phone is not available. On insisting, another willing concerned citizen shows him a placard by the roadside with the toll free hotline and he calls it only to be responded by a delighted counsellor who gives him timely advice and is directed to the nearest health centre.

Marie stopes Uganda in partnership with the Linkup project under Marie stopes International Uganda worked together to provide voluntary HIV counselling and testing, voluntary family planning and syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections to men and women, youth and most at risk populations. The event was more than successful at Owino market.

Objectives of the event:

  • To increase awareness and sensitization on the facts about the MSU SRH Hotline for the public in Kampala and Uganda at large.
  • To provide a platform for young people to advocate for better prevention strategies especially in reducing the transmission of HIV and AIDS and unwanted pregnancies.
  • To inform the public about the life guard condom brand and how they can access it.

Activities and participants

  • Free information, communication about toll free hotline, linkup and life guard.
  • Free condom distribution and demonstrations.
  • HIV counseling and testing, family planning services and STI services
  • Edutainment.

Various stakeholders were present in partnership with Marie Stopes namely; Uganda Police Force, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Ham Shopping Arcade management. Different youth turned up to learn about the services and the public came to a standstill to witness the flash mob. There was free HCT services offered and a number of people from the public turned up to get free testing for STDs and family planning services.

Forget not to call us free of charge to speak to our trained counsellors on 0800 120 333.