Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) with financial support from water-loo foundation is implementing a project to increase local governments’ budget allocation towards sexual reproductive health in Uganda for the Financial Year 2020/21
Communities and People Living with HIV/ AIDs have a central role to play in HIV response, especially regarding universal access to HIV care. Communities also play a vital role in ensuring accessibility, availability, and acceptability of health services.
Good sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is
a state of complete physical, mental and social
well-being in all matters relating to reproduction
for both men and women, including adolescents.
Maintaining good SRH means people need
access to accurate information and safe, effective,
affordable and acceptable contraceptive
methods of their choice. They must be
empowered to protect themselves from
sexually transmitted infections and, when
necessary, receive timely and affordable
treatment. If they decide to have children, women
must have access to services that
ensure they have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery
and a healthy baby. Every individual has the right
to make their own choices about their SRH and
It is important to acknowledge the improvements in key health indicators that Uganda has achieved in the past few decades, including in maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health (including in HIV and AIDS), and communicable diseases and others. Government investments in essential medicines and health supplies (EMHS) including ARV, TB and Malaria medicines reached UGX 219 billion in 2015.
The Take Stock project was an initiative by HEPS Uganda the Coalition for Health Promotion and Sustainable Development - to mobilize communities to take action to address stock-outs of contraceptives in hospitals and health centers. Health experts from HEPS and local stakeholders conducted monthly radio talk shows on 4 stations in Western and Central Uganda to address this issue and answer questions from the audience about family planning. In
This report tracks progress on a community-identified list of issues affecting access to information and services for prevention and management of unintended pregnancies, as well as to other sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. It is part of a community scorecard (CSC) process that aimed to kick start community level discussion and generate evidence for the Civil Society Coalition to Stop Maternal Mortality Due to Unsafe Abortion (CSMMUA) to undertake advocacy for improvement in access to essential medicines and commodities that prevent maternal mortality due to unsafe abortions.