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PRESS STATEMENT ON THE UPCOMING NATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING CONFERENCE 2017

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THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

HON. DR. JANE RUTH ACENG
MINISTER OF HEALTH
DATE: 21/09/2017

PRESS STATEMENT
On behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Government of Uganda, I take this opportunity to welcome you all to this briefing, convened to inform you about the upcoming 2nd Uganda National Family Planning Conference 2017.
The 2nd Uganda National Family Planning Conference –2017
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the FP2020 donor focal point for Uganda (UNFPA, DFID, USAID), WHO and other Development Partners, National Population Council, Parliamentary Committee on Population and Reproductive health, and Implementing Partners with will hold the second  National Family Planning Conference between 26 and 27 September, 2017 under the theme “Universal access to family planning for healthier and empowered communities; towards social and economic development” at Kampala Serena Hotel. The conference will be officially opened by His Excellency, the President of Uganda.
The purpose of the conference is to secure increased commitment for domestic resources for family planning. It is also meant to revitalize and ensure sustained momentum, political support and more resources from policy makers, civil society and other partners.
The conference is a follow up to the first National Conference on Family Planning held in July 2014…
Family Planning in Uganda
As detailed in Vision 2040, the Government of Uganda is working towards transforming a “Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years” and become a modern and prosperous country with a per capita GDP increasing from US$506 in 2010 to $9,500 by 2040. Over this period Uganda will, among other priorities, focus on creating a more sustainable age structure by reducing the high fertility rate through increased access to quality reproductive health services particularly family planning.
This will require improving access to family planning services, improving nutrition for mothers, children and youth, and reforming the education system. These investments will increase the quality of education and number of years of schooling a young person receives (i.e. ensuring that all children aged 13-17 years complete secondary school, which for young women is a strategy to reduce early marriage and teenage pregnancies)
Providing adequate and appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services, promoting male involvement in family planning, and improving care for pregnant women and mothers, would contribute greatly to the attainment of the demographic dividend.
Key statistics
In order to meet its targets and achieve the vision of becoming a middle-income country, Uganda needs to do more to address key family planning indicators that stand as follows:
•    High unmet need for family planning; three out of ten women in Uganda (28%) want to use family planning but are not using it.
•    Low contraceptive prevalence rate: Only three in ten currently married women (35%) are using a modern method of family planning
•    High Total fertility rate 5.4%  
•    High teenage pregnancy rate; 25%
  FP Commitments and Milestones
Recognising the critical importance of family planning in economic development and social transformation of Uganda and the fact that no country has ever attained economic development without tackling its fertility rate; H.E the President of Uganda attended the London Summit on Family Planning in July 2012 made a number of commitments. In July 2017 during the follow up London Summit on Family Planning, the Government of Uganda revised its targets to reduce unmet need for family planning to 10 percent and increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate among all women to 50 percent by 2020. Specifically, the Government committed to:
•    Leverage annually $US20 million from its development partners, the domestic and international private sectors including philanthropies to bridge the funding gap for executing its Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan
•    Allocate $US5 million annually for procurement and distribution of RH/FP supplies and commodities to the last mile
•    Allocate annually at least 10% of the RMNCAH resources for adolescent friendly family planning services
•    Implement a robust social behaviour change and communication strategy to increase demand and use of family planning services
•    Expand the cadres of its skilled workforce to provide quality FP services and methods, including long acting and reversible, and permanent contraceptives
To operationalise its commitment on family planning, the government through the health ministry, developed the Uganda Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) 2015 – 2020 for family planning in November 2014. The goal of the CIP is to reduce unmet need for family planning to 10% (from 34%) and to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women to 50% (from 30%) by 2020.
It is our hope that that the Family Planning conference will generate additional resources and ideas to help the country achieve its family planning goals.

I thank you all
For God and My Country

Hon. Dr.Jane Ruth Aceng
Minister of Health