Uganda has a very youthful population with over 70% of the population below 30 years. In addition, pregnancy rates amongst teenage girls in Uganda is ranked at 25%, one of the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Due to unplanned pregnancies, adolescent girls often face high levels of morbidity and death, sometimes resulting from unsafe abortions.
Reaching young people with Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services is therefore one of the key focal priorities of Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU). MSU has a number of interventions which are interactive and informative yet fun sessions with youth in rural and urban settings.
Peri-urban and urban clients
We provide comprehensive ‘gold standard’ sexual and reproductive health services through our branch network of 16 clinics across Uganda.These facilities provide a wide range of services including medical consultation, specialist sexual and reproductive health consultations, comprehensive family planning services including long acting and permanent methods (LAPM), ante and post-natal care, child welfare services, comprehensive laboratory services and free condom distribution, sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment, referral for HIV treatment and post-abortion care.
All of our clinical facilities charge sliding scale user fees, which are set based on a facility’s location and the catchment community’s ability to pay. This means that facilities located in poorer locations can be subsidised by surplus generating facilities
People living with HIV
Currently, 7.2% of Uganda’s population is living with HIV. This amounts to an estimated 1.4 million people and many more are affected through the loss of family members and livelihoods. We integrate sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS counselling and testing services to ensure improved access and uptake of key services. We also work to decrease HIV related stigma and discrimination. MSU provide and support integrated service delivery at our clinics.