The Ministry of Health launched Uganda’s Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) in 2014, with the goal of increasing the use of modern methods of family planning from 26 percent of married women in 2011 to 50 percent by 2020.1 Improving access to family planning is a crucial part of Uganda’s commitment to reduce maternal mortality and improve economic well-being. For Uganda to meet its goal—enabling 50 percent of married women to use modern contraception—greater access to, and use of, rights-based family planning services is needed.
In 2014, the Ugandan Ministry of Health identified educating the population, improving access to family planning for all (with a focus on youth), and delivering commodities and services as key investments to achieve the CIP’s family planning contraceptive use and method mix goals.2 These interventions would not only increase family planning access and use, but would also save lives while reducing healthcare costs.
The information presented in this brief is from the ImpactNow model applied by stakeholders in Uganda. It estimates health and economic benefits of reaching the ambitious modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) goal—and method mix goals—compared to more modest mCPR growth (with mCPR increasing at the same rate as it has in recent years) and the method mix remaining constant from 2016.