PROGRESS in Uganda
PROGRESS supported a range of activities in Uganda that covered five of the project’s seven technical areas: community-based family planning, family planning within drug shops, integration of family planning with non-health sectors, expanding the contraceptive method mix, and capacity building and crosscutting research utilization. The Uganda team built on previous FHI 360 work, especially in expanding community-based access to injectable contraceptives, to address all of these technical areas. The team also leveraged other FHI 360 projects toward PROGRESS objectives, including bilateral funds from Management Science for Health/STRIDES. Highlights of PROGRESS in Uganda include the following:
- Uganda has served as a model for developing programs for community-based access to injectable contraceptives. This brief (PDF, 173 KB) highlights PROGRESS work in this area, including collaboration with the Uganda Ministry of Health to scale up this practice at the national level, and provides next steps for continued expansion.
- An overview of three PROGRESS research projects in Uganda is available in this brief (PDF, 237 KB). The brief describes research on factors associated with retention and performance of volunteer community health workers, the acceptability of depo-subQ provera 104® in Uniject, and the contribution of drug shops to family planning uptake in four districts in Uganda.
- This brief [PDF, 260 KB] describes in depth the research and training activities that PROGRESS conducted with drug shop operators in Uganda to understand how to best support drug shops as safe and reliable family planning providers.
- PROGRESS worked with the Uganda Ministry of Health to improve its capacity to expand services and systems for community-based family planning. This brief [PDF, 1.4 MB] shares experiences and lessons from capacity building for family planning at the national and district levels.
- PROGRESS supported the nongovernmental organization Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) in developing a national population, health and environment (PHE) advocacy plan. The CTPH has since been named an advocacy partner in Pathfinder International's five-year Lake Victoria Basin PHE Partnership, which is the largest PHE project in Africa. This brief [PDF, 1.4 MB] includes a summary of PROGRESS work with CTPH.
PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) was a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project sought to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.