According to USAID Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN), provision of family planning services at 12 regional referral hospitals is still as low as 20%. At the same time, there is an increasing number of HIV-positive women attending the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) clinic getting pregnant. An inquiry with healthcare workers at project-supported hospitals attributed the status to: lack of knowledge on provision of family planning methods (except condom distribution) and the weak linkages between the ART and maternal and child health (MCH) clinics.
Participants of Moroto Regional Referral Hospital during a role play session on counseling clients on family planning.
In April 2016, USAID/SUSTAIN set out to train 300 healthcare workers on the provision of family planning services. Frontline service provider teams from Moroto, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja, Kawolo, Lira, Gulu, Arua, Hoima, Kabale, Fort Portal, and Mubende Regional Referral Hospitals will benefit from increased knowledge and key competencies required to offer the services. Conducted in collaboration with the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH), the training aims to scale up access to and the utilization of family planning services.
Specific Training Objectives
- Ensuring healthcare workers integrate family planning messages in health education sessions at the ART and MCH clinics
- Equipping healthcare workers with communication skills and knowledge on counselling for family planning
- Ensuring strengthened client referrals between ART and MCH clinics
- Supporting the re-arrangement of client flow systems so that every mother from the postnatal clinic receives counseling on family planning
- Ensuring knowledge transfer for the provision of various family planning methods
- Educating healthcare workers on managing side effects of the various family planning services
Participants observe and listen during a practical session
USAID/SUSTAIN is committed to ensuring comprehensive service delivery towards an HIV free generation.