The “Access to Sexual reproductive and health rights Commodities and Medicines in Uganda Project” (ASA)

29 Oct, 2020

The ASA project has been running since 2016 to 2020.  It started with a baseline study to assess the availability of medicines and commodities which prevent maternal mortality due to unsafe abortions. In 2017/18 we engaged communities to get their views about issues affecting them regarding SRHR and this was implemented in 13 sub-counties so far.

The project aims to support the prevention of maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion through community level engagement and research findings to increase access to safe services for prevention and management of unwanted pregnancies for marginalized women and youth of reproductive age in Kamuli, Uganda. HEPS-Uganda intends to support the Coalition to stop maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion (CSMMUA) work by providing evidence as we build one of the pillars of the coalition work to increase access to safe services for prevention and management of unwanted pregnancy.

From 2019, the focus is on improvement of sexuality education in primary and secondary schools to support reduction in school drop-out, teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions in young people. The project also ensures SRHR awareness in schools and advocacy for essential SRH commodities at health facilities.

Goal: To improve access to sexual reproductive health commodities especially for marginalized women and youth of reproductive age in Uganda.

Objectives:

  • To increase awareness within the communities of Kamuli on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues especially for women and youth of reproductive age.
  •  Reduce stock-outs of commodities for prevention and management of abortions at health facilities in Kamuli through health providers and community leaders
  • Engage national stakeholders (CSMMUA, MoH, Parliamentarians etc) to improve access to commodities to prevent maternal mortality due to unsafe abortions.