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Marta Pirzadeh, MPH, Senior Technical Officer for the Research Utilization Unit, FHI360 discusses how to engage faith groups in family planning promotion for healthier mothers and babies and shares experiences partnering with church entities in Uganda.

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  1. 1. Marta Pirzadeh, MPH FHI 360: Senior Technical Officer CCIH Conference: July 15, 2017 A Model for Engaging Faith Entities in Family Planning: Creating partnerships in Uganda
  2. 2. • USAID-funded partnership • Implemented by JSI and FHI360 • Provides grants management, technical assistance and capacity building for community-based family planning activities • Partners with UPMB and CCIH to build the capacity of Ugandan religious leaders to talk about family planning/healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy Advancing Partners & Communities
  3. 3. Background • TFR in Uganda remains high (5.4). • Unmet need: 28 percent of married women; 32 percent of sexually active unmarried women. • Slow gains in overall service delivery; need to identify barriers; teenage girls and PPFP for young mothers • Faith structures: significant resources for FP/HTSP info and services but underutilized; need for documentation.
  4. 4. Overview Activities will: • Improve capacity of the Anglican Church of Uganda and the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) to integrate CBFP within Anglican Church structures • Leverage complementary efforts in Uganda: E2A, Faith to Action, IRH • Align closely with USAID, FP2020, APC and Church of Uganda goals
  5. 5. How we got here… Education and mobilization of Uganda’s faith community Active engagement with the faith community in Uganda Consultations, workshops, and training of religious leaders and lay members Anglican Church expressed interest in HTSP programming
  6. 6. Objective • Establish multi-level holistic plan of faith networks to advance family planning programs and services in Uganda. • Conduct descriptive evaluation of “model” to assess effect of activities on specific short-term outcomes (see model). – Demonstrate how central church structures can use congregations to promote FP/HTSP – Show how leveraging faith entities can lead to increased uptake of FP/HTSP
  7. 7. A Model for Engaging Faith Entities in Family Planning Clinic based FP Services Linkages and coordination
  8. 8. Four Health Centers • Namutamba Health Centre III • Kyando HCII-Mayuge St. • Apollo HCIII-Entebbe Road • St. Stephens Hospital-Wakiso
  9. 9. Partner Churches
  10. 10. A Coordinated Effort • USAID • APC (JSI/FHI) • FHI 360/Uganda • Church of Uganda • UPMB • CCIH
  11. 11. Key Activities • Identify church structures and health facilities for program implementation. • Establish baseline of current messages about FP/HTSP in sermons, CS activities and clinics. • Work within church structure and social welfare groups to diffuse FP messages. • Pilot test the adapted materials and hold related trainings
  12. 12. Key Activities (2) • Evaluate/review benefit of emphasizing services, pastor training and mobilization of church groups. • Compare baseline FP uptake to update after intervention. Compare results by intervention dose if data permits. • Disseminate lessons learned and adapt to other settings, as relevant.
  13. 13. On the Horizon…
  14. 14. On the Horizon…