The month of August saw Marie Stopes relocate its Jinja centre from Lubas road to Kampala road. This was done in a bid to serve its clients better through ensuring accessibility and availability of the affordable contraceptive services.
The new location is located on Plot 39 Nile Garden, Kampala road and is highly visible. It is located at the zebra crossing near the Jinja nursing school.
During that whole week from 7-12th August, 2017, the clinic offered a number of services namely; free medical consultation, cervical cancer screening, free family planning, health education in the community and other services at a reduced price. The people of Jinja were availed with an opportunity of getting all family planning services free of charge that included switching from one method to another basing on the client’s choice.
According to a 2009 study by the Guttmacher Institute 2017, contraceptive use in Uganda averts approximately 490,000 unintended pregnancies and 150,000 induced abortions each year.
• Meeting just half of women’s unmet need would have resulted in 519,000 fewer unintended pregnancies in 2009, which in turn would have led to 152,000 fewer abortions and saved the lives of 1,600 women.
• If all unmet need for modern contraceptive methods in Uganda would have been satisfied in 2009, maternal mortality would have dropped by 40%, and unplanned births and induced abortions would have declined by about 85% that year(Guttmacher Institute 2017).
The contraceptive prevalence rate of Uganda is 26% (UDHS 2016). Eighteen percent of married women use modern methods, while 6% use a traditional method. As expected, current contraceptive use is higher among sexually active, unmarried women (54%) than among married women (24%) and, in turn, among all women (20%). The likely consequences of low CPR include rapid human population growth resulting in overpopulation, poverty, increased incidences of maternal and infant mortality.
The Marie Stopes team led by the Managing Director Dr Carole Sekimpi took part in a Corporate Social Responsibility and painted the zebra crossing which had faded and needed an uplift in order to reduce the risk of accidents especially among the students that use that road.
Marie Stopes went further to work with a number of youth that sensitised the community on the number of services offered at the centre.
Contraceptive use among women in Jinja district has been associated with accessibility, availability, affordability and quality of contraceptive services(Tamale, Williams S, 2009). Some of the community factors associated with contraceptive use include adequate knowledge on contraceptive methods and a perception that the contraceptive methods are effective. Among health services factors were accessibility, availability, affordability and quality of contraceptive services. we do hope that more people shall be able to access the services as a result of shifting the centre to Kampala road.
Marie Stopes has indeed done a service to the people of Jinja by bringing the affordable services closer to the people while ensuring that the quality is paramount with no compromise.
http://makir.mak.ac.ug/handle/10570/1296 (viewed 28/8/2017)
Guttmacher Institute 2017 . Contraception and Unintended Pregnancy in Uganda
https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/contraception-and-unintended-pregnancy-uganda (viewed 28/8/2017)
UDHS 2016 Key Indicators
https://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/PR80/PR80.pdf (viewed 28/8/2017)