In 2010 the Government of Uganda (GOU) took three significant steps to increase access to family planning:
- Funding for reproductive health commodities increased from 0.576 Billion Uganda Shillings (UGX) in FY 2005/2006 to 7.2 Billion UGX (6.3 Billion UGX for contraceptives) in FY 2010/2011;
- Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) were allowed to access contraceptives directly from Uganda National Medical Stores (NMS);
- Financing mechanisms were streamlined by releasing funds directly from the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to the NMS.
These advances resulted from Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO) and other advocates engaged in the Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative working closely with the GOU. By improving contraceptive availability and efficiency at the service delivery level, more Ugandan women and men will have access to family planning services resulting in a reduction in the high unmet need for family planning (40%) and improvements in maternal health.