Youth Friendly Spaces Launched In Centres

It is estimated that approximately only 50% of the youth do not use health facilities due to lack of youth friendly services. Many youths fear to discuss SRH issues due to stigma from the health staff, others fear to disclose their conditions to due to traditional factors.

Marie Stopes Uganda has set up 2 youth friendly spaces in Kampala and Tororo district with the aim of attracting youth to receive information and SRH services like contraceptives use, condoms and STI management. The facilities are set up in a way that promotes an atmosphere of relaxation and are fully equipped with games like table tennis, quizzes, reading materials,DSC_0187 education videos and refreshments.

The youth spaces are meant to engage youth through interaction with peer educator counselors and youth volunteers trained in providing youth friendly services.

At the youth space, learning activities on primary preventive approaches like contraceptive use to prevent unintended pregnancies and HIV/AIDS are done with the participation of youth themselves which allows expression of their views on issues that affect them.

This platform equips youth with correct knowledge and shapes a positive attitude towards health choices not limited to safe sex practices but also life skills and a positive shift in health seeking behaviors.

Youth Friendly spaces are a popular way of passing knowledge to youth which eventually improves their demand for SRH services and is credited most for the friendly interaction that allows active participation of both service provider and youth participants.

Marie Stopes International at 2016 Women Deliver Conference

From May 16-19, experts from around the world traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to take part in the Women Deliver conference. A delegation from Marie Stopes proudly participated in this year’s conference, sharing their knowledge at some of our sessions and running our exciting photo exhibition, “Universal access: One woman at a time.”

Thanks to the successes of Women Deliver’s three previous conferences- London (2007), Washington, DC (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2013)- the 2016 Conference was highly anticipated. This meeting gathered world leaders, advocates, policymakers, young people, journalists and researchers across geographic regions and development sectors. Together, they demonstrated the power of putting girls and women at the forefront of development efforts. The 2016 Conference focused on the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to implement them as they relate to women and girls, with a specific focus on health. In particular, how the SDGs relate to the maternal, sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls around the world, with an emphasis on the inter-connectedness of women’s health, gender equality, education, economic empowerment and the environment.

Marie Stopes International was proud to attend the 2016 Women Deliver Conference; we are sent a delegation comprising MSI staff members from across our global partnership- Uganda, the U.S., China, Kenya, the U.K. and more.

Did you be attend Women Deliver 2016? If so, we hope that you enjoyed at our sessions and visited our photo exhibition, “Universal access: One woman at a time” at the exhibition hall C2, stand 012.

Vodaphone joins Marie Stopes in boosting reproductive health among University Students

Marie Stopes Uganda, in conjunction with Hostalite Cyber Academy and Vodafone have organised the first ever inter-university hackathon on health with emphasis on sexual reproductive health due to take place on 13th and 14th May in Kampala.

 

 

Dickson Mushabe- Regional Manager Hostalite Ltd and Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda receive the shs8 million dummy cheque from Jackie Namara Rukare- Marketing Manager Vodafone Uganda for their joint partnership challenge dubbed “Hackathon” at the Vodafone head office.

Dickson Mushabe- Regional Manager Hostalite Ltd and Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda receive the shs8 million dummy cheque from Jackie Namara Rukare- Marketing Manager Vodafone Uganda for their joint partnership challenge dubbed “Hackathon” at the Vodafone head office.

 

The hackathon that has attracted local developers and innovators from 12 universities across Uganda, is in response to the 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.

Speaking at the launch of the Challenge today, Faith N. Kyateka, the Communications and External Relations Manager, Marie Stopes Uganda, said, “Reaching young people with Sexual Reproductive Health information and services is one of the key focal priorities of Marie Stopes Uganda. This is because youth makeup majority of Uganda’s population. Developing an APP is therefore essential because 80% of youth in Uganda have access to media through mobile phones.”

Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda shows to the press a copy of the medical card that will be rewarded to winners of the “Hackathon”, an app innovation challenge hosted by Vodafone Uganda, Marie Stopes and Hostalite E.A.

Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda shows to the press a copy of the medical card that will be rewarded to winners of the “Hackathon”, an app innovation challenge hosted by Vodafone Uganda, Marie Stopes and Hostalite E.A.

Each university will be represented by four individuals and the winning team will walk away with mega prizes in addition to 3 months incubation at the Hostalite Cyber Academy, and exposure to funding from Marie Stopes Innovation fund.

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.

Location

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.