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Reach A Hand Uganda in partnership with Marie Stopes, Reproductive Health Uganda, Private Clinics and Public Health facilities with support from Bergstrom Foundation implements the Men Plus II project. The project is implemented in 7 districts i.e. Greater Kampala, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Rwampara, Lira, Soroti and Arua, The project’s work is driven through community structures -Interpersonal Communication Agents (IPCs) who directly engage men as active participants and allies in the uptake of modern contraception, the Menplus II project aims to increase their involvement in family planning in Uganda as users, partners and champions.

Objectives of Menplus

  • Promoting and enabling the use of  voluntary vasectomy as part of the overall contraception method mix targeted towards men.
  • Promoting the view of men and women as equal productive and Reproductive beings.
  • Promoting and enabling the use of dual methods of protection for especially Young women and Men in rural and urban areas of Uganda to secure their contraceptive choices.
  • Using socially targeted campaigns to demystify myths towards different FP methods for men and women.

Our approach

  • Using male champions to speak for the added value of Family Planning selected from the different communities.
  • Recruiting and orienting agents from within male dominant  groups such as at workplaces, drinking joints to be FP distributors/as well as referrals.
  • Working with VHTs to refer male clients within their communities.
  • Working with public health facilities to promote and provide information/services on male services.
  • Conducting community outreaches and providing integrated services
  • Conducting mass media and flash mobs activities in target districts in collaboration with the District Health Offices.

Where are we operating

  • Kampala
  • Mityana
  • Gulu
  • Mbarara
  • Hoima
  • Arua
  • Iganga

Key actors

  • RAHU (mobilisation and campaigning)
  • RHU (services delivery and community entry)
  • District Health Offices (Technical support, service delivery, community entry)
  • CDFU (communications hotline)
  • Media houses (message roll out)
  • Obulamu (materials adaptation)
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