UK donates $4 million to Uganda for family planning

Young participants marching during the opening ceremony of the Youth Pre-Family Conference Event (Photo: Reach A Hand Uganda)

The UK government has donated $4 million to Uganda aimed at improving family planning uptake and held address the population challenge.

The new five-year programme donated through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is aimed at adopting a multi-sectoral approach to adolescent sexual and health and reproductive health and rights in order to increase access to age appropriate sexuality information and services, local online website, the Daily Monitor reports.

The programme also aims to strengthen the country’s health system for effective family planning services in areas hard to reach.

According to the head of the UK’s department for International development in Uganda, several issues including low level of education especially among girls, harmful practices such as child marriage, gender based violence and teenage pregnancy will also be addressed.

“Family planning gives women and couples choice that, in turn, opens up larger possibilities and adds quality to their lives,” Mr. Alain Sibenaler, the UNFPA representative said.

The UK government will also ensure that $5 million is allocated annually for procurement and distribution of health commodities.

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