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Mukono HC IV Receives UGX 300M to Fight Early Pregnancies

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TCI is a model for urban reproductive health funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Research Institute to provide life-saving reproductive health and family planning information and services to individuals, families and communities.
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Mukono Health Center IV has received a boost of Shillings 300 million through partnership with The Challenge Initiative-TCI to fight early and unwanted pregnancies among women.

TCI is a model for urban reproductive health funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Research Institute to provide life-saving reproductive health and family planning information and services to individuals, families and communities. 

It currently operates in 15 countries across Africa. The model focuses on areas under urban settings. The local leadership writes to the institute to benefit from the initiative. 

Dr. Anthony Kkonde, the Health Inspector Mukono Municipality, says they expressed interest three years back after realizing that the maternal death cases they were registering at the facility were associated with early pregnancies. 

Dr. Kkonde reveals that a number of youths have been missing out on reproductive health engagements due to limited resources exposing many youths to early marriages resulting in unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases and infections. 

 

Over 50 percent of the women attending the facility for delivery are below 24 years of age. These include school going children and unemployed youths. Between 5 and 7 mothers delivering at the health center are under age. 

Dr. Kkonde says that on a monthly basis the health center receives between 3-5 women with complications resulting from abortion. 

He says that with the financial assistance the facility is now in position to train its health workers to administer family planning methods and conduct outreaches to disseminate information of modern family planning methods.    

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The facility attends to between 300 and 500 out patients on a daily basis. It handled 7, 780 deliveries last year, which management says is done under difficult conditions due limited space and less equipment. 

Allan Ssemakula Katamba, the TC I Country manager advises other leaders in urban settings to express interest if the project if they are to control population growth and achieve development. 

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The Mukono Municipal Mayor, George Fred Kagimu expresses gratitude for the initiative, saying it will cut down on reproductive health costs.