Family Planning Voices: Iga Paul Jembelyambuzi, Community Mobilizer, Village Health Team, Marie Stopes International/Mubende District, Uganda

Family Planning Voices: A Tribute To World Vasectomy Day


Family Planning Voices: Iga Paul Jembelyambuzi, Community Mobilizer, Village Health Team, Marie Stopes International/Mubende District, Uganda

Iga Paul Jembelyambuzi, Community Mobilizer, Village Health Team, Marie Stopes International/Mubende District, Uganda

I have four kids. I believe family planning is a good practice, because I can handle my family well, and I can care for them. I recommend vasectomy—I’ve had one, provided by a Marie Stopes Uganda outreach, and it has allowed me to care for my family.

I try to share information about vasectomy with my community. So far this year, 10 men I’ve talked to have decided to get vasectomies. People have appreciated the option. Even just this month, I expect more people to accept the method. People who are yearning for a vasectomy range from 30 years of age on. They are eager to practice vasectomy.

If we’re going to advocate for people to accept vasectomy, they need to hear from people who have gotten a vasectomy themselves. You can’t come from far away, when you are not practicing that method, and advocate for it. It’s better for a person who has accepted a vasectomy to advocate for it.

Interviewer: Liz Futrell

Photographer: David Alexander

Interpreter: Muyanja Hosea Ssebulime



#40YearsMSI: Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

 Background – About MSU

Marie Stopes Uganda is the largest and most specialized private provider of SRH services. MSU delivers services through a mutually-reinforcing, multi-channel approach to maximize impact and expand access.

What is the 40 years about?

This November, Marie Stopes International will be celebrating 40 years as the world’s largest provider of  high quality and affordable Reproductive Health Services.  #40YearsMSI

MSU has remained the provider of choice of Maternal and Reproductive Health Services for Ugandan women and men.  We continue to be deeply committed to our clients and therefore continually evolve to give them the best experience, and highest standard of clinical quality.


What is MSU providing the public?

In celebration of the 40 years, MSU has decided to give back to its clients through providing free Family Planning services at all our centers on 4th and 5th November 2016.

Why Family Planning?

MSU strongly believes that Family Planning is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality.

Family planning improves the lives of women and children.  When parents space their births at least 3 years apart, children are less likely to get sick and more likely to survive beyond their 5th birthday; and women are less likely to have complications during childbirth.

Using family planning to delay the next pregnancy also allows the mother to pay attention to her children.  This is the best way to prevent accidents and injuries.  Children who are well looked after also usually eat better, are cleaner, and develop better both physically and mentally.

 What FP methods shall we be providing?

  • IUD or Coil: This is a long-term method that is effective for up to 12 years.  The coil is a small plastic T shaped wrapped with some copper wire that is inserted into a woman’s womb by a trained health worker.
  • Pills: Women can take a pill every day that contains a hormone that stops her body from releasing an egg each month.   Once she stops taking pills, her ovaries will begin releasing eggs each month again.
  • Injectables: A woman can take the same medicine that is contained in the pill through injections.  Each injection is good for 3 months.  So, the woman needs to return for an injection every 3 months.  When the woman wants to get pregnant again, she should stop the injections.
  • Implants: The same medicine that is contained in the injectables and pills in contained in 1 – 6 small plastic capsules.  A doctor or nurse inserts these capsules under the skin of a woman’s upper arm.  When the woman wants to get pregnant, she can have the implants removed.  Soon afterward, she will be able to get pregnant again.

Permanent Family Planning Methods:

  • Vasectomy: A doctor ties and cuts the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis.  So, the man can still perform sexually, but his semen will not have any sperm.  So, he will not be able to make a woman pregnant.
  • Tubal ligation: This is a permanent family planning method for women.  A doctor ties and cuts the tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to the womb.  So, when the woman has sex again, the sperm will not be able to meet with the egg.  The woman will continue to menstruate as before.  But, she will not be able to have children.

World Population Day Celebrations

Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate World Population day on 11th July 2016. Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world; over 78% are under 30 years old. According to the State of Uganda Population Report 2012, Ugandan youth remain at a significant risk of sexually transmitted infections, HIV and unwanted pregnancy.

Investing in Young people’s Sexual Reproductive Health has a direct contribution towards improving their livelihoods. This can be through availing timely Reproductive Health Information, education and services.

To mark World Population Day, Marie Stopes Uganda is conducting a community awareness drive in  Mbarara, Hoima and Kabale. The health awareness community  drive are an opportunity for the public to learn about world population day with regards to their reproductive health. MSU will also be disseminating key health promotion messages in various towns as well as offering free family planning counselling, breast cancer and blood pressure examination. Other services will be at half price at our centers on the day’s below;

Mbarara – 10th and 11th July

Hoima – 15th and 16th July

Kabale – 22nd and 23rd July

MSU  will also be conducting;

–             Community Drives  highlighting Family Planning messages.

–             Free Information Education Communication (IEC) materials on facts on the hotline, and cervical cancer.

–             Cervical cancer screening

–             And HIV testing and counselling.

–             Free physical examination by health workers.

Please call the toll free hotline on 0800220333 for more information.


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.

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)