Cheat Sheet on Female Condoms in Uganda

Today is Female Condom Day, so we scored the internet and came up with this semi-chronological history of the female condom in Uganda:

  • There was increased financial support for female condoms availability to Sub-Saharan Africa (from nearly US$2 million in 2001 to US$14.3 million in 2008) but Uganda was not a major recipient.
  • In 1997, there was a female condom acceptability study funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and executed by Marie Stopes International-Uganda (MSI-Uganda)
  •  In 1998, World Bank financed female condom procurement through the Sexually Transmitted Infections Project. A total of 1.2 million female condoms were procured by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Of these, 200,000 units were designated for MOH demonstrations and trials.
  • In 2000, the FC1 female condom was introduced by MSI-Uganda and was distributed countrywide through the same channels as the male condom.

There was little success.

  •  2007: The government eventually stopped distributing female condoms in its prevention programs until women recently demanded access. MOH made plans to reintroduce the female condom in late 2009.
  •  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) brings most female condoms into the country. Between 2006 and 2007 the International Planned Parenthood Federation (a Reproductive Health Uganda affiliate) shipped about 1000 units each year of FC1 female condoms.

UNFPA brought in a total of 3.5 million FC2 female condoms to be distributed by MOH between 2008-2010

  •  USAID is a solid supporter of male condoms and is always shipping in large amounts, but has not shown the same enthusiastic support for the female condom. In August 2009, Mike Strong, coordinator for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Uganda, was quoted by TIME.com stating, “we’re waiting to see any evidence that this is a cost-effective method of protecting women against unwanted pregnancy and HIV transmission.”
  • In June 2009, a coalition was formed, Uganda Female Coalition Condom (a coalition made up of 20 organisations that aimed at promoting the use of the female condom). Their role is mostly advocacy for effective female condom programming, and they are also representatives of the society in MOH stakeholders’ meetings. The coalition got a $5000 grant from Center for Health And Gender Equity (CHANGE), for the period of October 2011-April 2012. The major objective for the money was to lobby MOH, UNFPA, MSI, etc to commit to purchase 1.5million female condoms by 2013.

Sources:

Prevention Now! an initiative by Center for Health And Gender Equity (CHANGE)

Uganda Female Condom Coalition blog

Female Condoms and the Donor Landscape in Uganda” July 2010, Prevention Now!
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