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Author(s): Nichole Zlatunich, Taryn Couture
Primary Language: English
The Uganda Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, 2015–2020, published by the Ministry of Health, was launched by the government in November 2014. Its objective is to reduce unmet need for family planning to 10 percent and to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women to 50 percent by 2020. The plan includes strategies to improve demand creation; service delivery and access; contraceptive security; policy and enabling environment; financing; and stewardship, management, and accountability. The cost of the total plan is $235 million USD between 2015 and 2020, which will increase the number of women in Uganda currently using modern contraception from approximately 1.7 million users currently in 2014 to 3.7 million in 2020.
Uganda's gap analysis found a total financial gap of about $113 million for all six years of the FP-CIP. As the total cost for the FP-CIP is $235.8 million, less than half of the activity costs in the CIP are covered by currently planned funding between 2015 and 2020. The size of the gap in Uganda differs by year; the largest gap is in 2019, with a gap of $21.8 million. The larger gaps in the later years are due to a steady increase in reach of activities within Uganda in line with projected scale-up of demand and services for FP in line with the country’s goal to reach a 50% modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women by 2020. In addition, government and development and implementing partners often have insufficient knowledge of what would be funded past the initial first few years of the FP-CIP due to funding cycles and programme timelines.
The gap analysis provides clear evidence that the Ugandan government and in-country development partners are focusing significant effort on financing the purchase of contraceptives. However, evidence has shown that for family planning interventions to be effective, financial support and efforts need to be dedicated to providing a holistic rights-based FP programme that includes demand generation efforts, improvement in the quality of service provision, supply chain improvements, strong policies and financing, and coordinated planning, management and supervision at national and decentralized levels.