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Moroto Women Embrace Family Planning Services

Moroto, like the entire Karamoja region, has recorded a poor response to family planning services over the years as a result of negative public perception and lack of adequate information regarding family planning services. In some places, family planning fueled domestic violence and led to the separation of couples.

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The uptake of family planning services has almost doubled in Moroto district from 12 percent in 2015/2016 to 22 percent in 2016/2017 financial year.

Moroto, like the entire Karamoja region, has recorded a poor response to family planning services over the years as a result of negative public perception and lack of adequate information regarding family planning services. In some places, family planning fueled domestic violence and led to the separation of couples.

Maria Nachuge, a resident in Nakapelimen in Moroto town says she separated with her husband after seeking family planning services. In her ordeal, Nachuge was advised by nurses to go for family planning services after giving birth to her seventh child. She later had an implant inserted without her husband's consent.

“My husband kept asking why I had taken long without conceiving and I kept lying. When he discovered, he was furious. He beat me and handed me back to my parents who in turn chased me from home for accepting to join family planning," Nachuge said.

In her Tepeth community, birth control is a taboo. She says women suffer silently in the area due to lack of information. The 31-year-old now fends for her children in Moroto town through brewing.

The situation has however changed especially for women in urban settings.  A few women have been able to convince their spouses to seek family planning services.

Robert Karobi, a resident in Kakoliye in Moroto Municipality says that stories surrounding family planning scared him and he did not want his wife to be part of them. He adds that after some time, he understood his wife's quest for family planning services.

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Statistics from Moroto Regional Referral Hospital indicate that although the unit estimated only 1000 family planning users last financial year, they received additional 106 clients of family planning.  

Godfrey Mawa, the principal hospital administrator says incentives like food distribution and mosquito nets have helped in encouraging mothers not only accept family planning but also go for antenatal and immunization programs.

At Nakapelimen HC-III, some husbands have started escorting their wives for family planning services.  Salumon Amoding, the in charge at the facility says they receive up to 10 couples a day for the service.

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