I have been able to engage with various stake holders in the community like cultural and religious leaders in a number of community outreaches on contraceptive usage, effects of illegal abortion and challenges that comes with lack of family planning and .We launched a campaign dubbed UNSTOPPABLE community education on modern family planning methods thereby changing their perceptions from understanding of family planning as ‘birth control’ to a question of the health of the mother and have reached out to more than 5000 vulnerable groups mostly the youths in high school ,slum communities and trained them on how to communicate with their peers on such difficult topics such as sex and sexuality
Family planning has the capability of addressing most of the sustainable development goals families are giving birth to children they are unable to take care of i witnessed that in many families in my community where i grew up and development only happens when the family unburdened .The pillars of the clear minded and educated society are healthy and happy families where children are born by choice not chance and are able to be provided for the basics like shelter ,food ,education .
Uganda's biggest challenge in family is the negative mindset and norms society has towards family planning that is biased and culturally sensitive and are not spoken about in public .The major stake holders in the societies like the religious and cultural leaders are not speaking about it and are forbidding people from using contraceptives .There is need to break this norm and educate the youth who make up 70% of the population on family planning issues and its benefits.
The biggest barrier to Family use in Uganda is the lack of civic education by the major stakeholders, with the major players being men/husbands/traditional rulers who are greatly forbidding family planning . Until we educate and change the mindset of society on the importance of family planning and why it is central to our survival, stocks of contraceptives continue expiring and gathering dust on clinic shelves and government hospitals.
A country where the citizens mostly the youth are well informed about the benefits of family planning and are able to make sound decision with their partners with an enabling environment for women to access sexual and reproductive health care services by working with communities to identify and lower or remove barriers to access, like financial, gender, cultural .