UK minister meets Ugandan family planning clients

UK minister with clients in Uganda
02 May 2012 | Family planning
Our programme in Uganda was honoured to receive a visit from the UK’s Equalities Minister and Ministerial Champion for tackling Violence against Women and Girls Overseas, Lynne Featherstone, last week.

She was joined by the British High Commissioner to Uganda and senior DFID staff.

The minister visited one of our 1,000 rural outreach locations in Uganda, where we provide services each year with USAID and DFID support.

Over 100 women attended the outreach session, and the minister spoke to several of them about their experiences accessing family planning in rural Uganda where unmet need is unacceptably high at 43%.

The minister heard stories from clients who had seen their lives transformed by access to family planning.

She met Olivar, a young mother of five who had walked four kilometres to reach the site that morning. Olivar told how her new contraceptive implant would change her life by allowing her to finally stop having a child every year.

Lynne Featherstone, Equalities Minister and Ministerial Champion for tackling Violence against Women and Girls Overseas, said:

“Denying women the power and means to control the number and timing of children has health implications and restricts women’s life opportunities.

“The UK government is investing money to empower Ugandan girls and women to govern their own lives, which will make communities and societies stronger.”

This is our Uganda programme’s second high level visit this year, after senior technical staff representing Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) visited our HealthyBaby voucher programme in February.

Visit our Uganda website to learn more about our work there

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