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Kibira said they also found that 56 per cent of women between 18 and 24 years of age countrywide had had sex before they were 18 years old and only 19 per cent had used a certain method of family planning. But 23 per cent of these got unwanted pregnancies and gave birth.
Rv Fr Jude said the catholic church is also embracing family planning but only the traditional methods

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Religious leaders in Tooro Sub-region have called upon the public to embrace family planning to reduce on unwanted pregnancies and lead to the birth of unplanned children.     This stems from a study by Makerere University School of Public Health showing worrying figures of unwanted pregnancies in the Sub-region and the country at large due to failure to use family planning. 

 

The survey, which was conducted countrywide under the Performance Monitoring for Action – PMA project in September and October last year, was aimed at establishing the rate of family planning usage in the country. Women from 4,148 households and health workers in 357 health facilities were interviewed.    

During the dissemination of the findings at Kalya Courts in Fort Portal on Tuesday, Dr. Simon Peter Kibira, one of the principal investigators in the survey, said that 43 per cent of the women between the ages of 25 and 34 years had had unwanted pregnancies.  

Of those interviewed, 70 per cent of the teenagers also had got unwanted pregnancies. But in Tooro, only 48 per cent of women said they were using family planning and only 35 per cent were using modern methods like implants.  

Kibira said they also found that 56 per cent of women between 18 and 24 years of age countrywide had had sex before they were 18 years old and only 19 per cent had used a certain method of family planning. But 23 per cent of these got unwanted pregnancies and gave birth.  

In Tooro, the survey shows that 12.9 per cent of women were still using the traditional methods of family planning, which were said to be less effective. They include the withdraw method while others depend on safe days.  According to Stellah Kigozi, the Director of Information and Communication at the National Population Council, the findings are worrying because for the country to develop, it needs more productive people than dependents.    

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Rev Sarah Kakyo, the Ruwenzori Diocese Health Coordinator, said that earlier, religions would be against family planning methods but now they are fully backing it due to its many advantages. 



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Bashir Kayondo, one of the Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim coordinators, said that contrary to what some community members think, Islam too encourages family planning.

 

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Rev Fr. Jude Tadeo Basaija, the Fort Portal Catholic Diocese Health Coordinator explained that as a catholic church, they are not against family planning but they do not support the modern types. He asked Catholics to embrace natural methods of family planning to ensure they have only the number of children that they have planned for. 




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