Emergency Contraception Project

AOGU was awarded a grant by Population Council on Mainstreaming Emergency Contraception (EC) knowledge among pre-service and in-service health care providers in Uganda in September 2008.

The overall goal of this project was to improve knowledge on emergency contraception among the pre-service and in- service health care workers in Uganda as one of the strategies to prevent unwanted pregnancies commonly associated with unsafe abortions. We hoped that this may enhance regular family planning utilization and subsequently contribute to quality reproductive health services.

During the one-year duration of the project, the project aimed at:

  • Increasing knowledge of EC among the pre-service health trainees in selected health training institutions of Uganda;
  • Enhancing knowledge of reproductive health care providers in 2 national and 11 regional referral hospitals on the availability, accessibility and quality provision of EC, with a view of improving correct utilization and bridging to regular family planning services;
  • Advocating with the MOH and other stakeholders on EC.

Activities carried out to date include:

  • Advocacy meetings and presentation to the MOH officials at the MCH cluster meeting.
  • A one day Training of Trainers workshop on EC for 31 AOGU tutors was held in hotel Africana Kampala on April 6, 2009. These tutors included Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from the national and regional referral hospitals as well as tutors from the various medical schools and nursing training institutions. The participants were then mandated to carry out the subsequent trainings in the regional referral hospitals as well as the training institutions.
  • A total of 1,236 pre-service trainees in 11 training institutions were trained on EC. These included medical students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, student midwives/ nurses and paramedical students. The trainings included final year students in these institutions since these are about to join service. The trainings were in form of add-on lectures with a long term view of incorporating EC education in the already training curriculums.
  • Reproductive health workers already in service were trained in all the regions of Uganda in one day training workshops on EC in 14 referral hospitals and health centers in Kampala by Reproductive Health Uganda. A total of 348 health care providers were trained.
  • An end line survey which involved 258 in-service health care providers.

The project report is currently being finalized for dissemination to all the stakeholders.

View the Project report