Uganda To Increase Family Planning Funding

Government has committed to increase financial investment for family planning by USD 5million per year for the next five years from the current USD 3.3 million.

The Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng made the pledge on Monday while speaking at the Family Planning Summit held in London which attracted 36 developing countries to commit to improve the welfare and health of women and girls.

 “Uganda commits to more financing, expanding range of contraceptives, integration of family planning into other sectors including community development departments, youth programs like the youth livelihood fund and the national youth council,” said the minister.

She added that the Government will strengthen inter- ministerial, partner coordination, ensure family planning is integrated into the refugee response plan through a gender and right based approach.

Currently Uganda is facing a high influx of refugees from South Sudan making the nation one of the largest refugee hosting nations in the world.

A total of 909,723 refugees from South Sudan have sought refuge out of which 80 percent are  women and young people many of them have limited knowledge about sexual reproductive health issues .

“We need to increase the financing of family planning services not only for our people but also the refugees to ensure that more women and girls are able to plan for their families and future,” she added.

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