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.