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UFPC Website, Knowledge Management and Adaptation Portal for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Launched

The Uganda Family Planning Consortium (UFPC) has launched its website knowledge-sharing, learning and adaptation platform.  The launch that was presided over by the UNFPA Country Representative Alain Sibenaler took place at the UFPC offices in Kampala, April 23.

Funded by UNFPA Uganda, the UFPC website, knowledge-sharing, learning and adaptation platform provides a tool to bridge knowledge gaps, exchange information and deliver policy guidance to accelerate and support the transition towards ending the unmet need of family planning in Uganda.

The platform features thematic experiential documents on policy and enabling environment, service delivery and access, contraceptive security and family planning financing and demand creation in pursuit to provide reproductive health/family planning information, services and supplies accessible to all. 

The UFPC is an 18-member organization established to provide a platform for Reproductive Health and Family Planning actors, private sector, academia and policy makers to collaborate, share knowledge and work together in new complementary ways devoid of duplication.

 “In times of pandemics such as COVID-19, decision making based on existing knowledge or literature is critical, and the effectiveness of these decisions depends upon the capacity to create, collect, share, transfer and elaborate knowledge,” said Mr Sibenaler at the launch.

Mr Sibenaler called upon UFPC members to continue creating knowledge alliances with partners and sharing knowledge management visions and goals on the new website and portal to create an excellent FP knowledge hub that will serve as a resource thus contributing to reducing the unmet need of family planning in Uganda.

“This innovative step taken by UFPC therefore inspire advocacy, coordination, collaboration and information sharing on RH/FP   issues beyond its members to the country as a whole. I want to re-affirm that this technological move is not in vain – it is the future of the world.”

Representing the Ministry of Health the Assistant Commissioner for Health Services, Reproductive and Infant Health Dr. Mugahi Richard commended UFPC for strengthening IP coordination at regional level through the ongoing IP mapping, monitoring the one facility one warehouse strategy implementation, rolling out of the eLMIS (Electronic Logistics Management Information System) through training lower level facilities to make orders and report online, thereby streamlining the supply chain system among others.

He said the Ministry of Health is in the process of finalizing the new Family Planning Costed Implementation Plans (CIPS) and looks forward to UFPC playing a very key role in ensuring effective coordination of Implementing Partners and mobilizing its members to implement them.

Dr. Carole Sekimpi the UFPC Chairperson and Country Director of Marie Stopes Uganda thanked UNFPA for the technical and financial support towards the Consortium activities aimed at scaling up access to family planning in Uganda.  

UFPC Member organizations that witnessed the commemoration were Amref Health Africa, Uganda Health Marketing Group, HEPS Uganda, PSI Uganda and Marie Stopes Uganda.

At the same event, the new brand logo for the Consortium creatively designed using the bee hive concept based on a visual representation of hexagon bedrock iconography symbolizing collaboration & coordination for advocacy was unveiled. 

- Written by Josephine Zhane