Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB)


From December 2017 through June 2019

In December 2017, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) was awarded a one-year cooperative funding agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) to implement a project to integrate community-based family planning (FP) into the Anglican Church of Uganda’s health structures and health facilities. UPMB is the coordinating body for Protestant health services in Uganda, including health services provided through the Church of Uganda (COU), and oversees a network of 18 hospitals and 272 lower-level health facilities across the country. UPMB works in partnership with the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) and through its 302 facilities provides an estimated 13% of health services in the country. For this project, UPMB worked in partnership with Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH), a United States-based network of faith-based organizations (FBOs) and individuals working in international health which has been a leader in promoting FBO involvement in FP. UPMB and CCIH affirm that voluntary FP services are a critical component of family and community health, and that religious leaders (RLs) and church-owned health facilities can be important partners in promoting and providing community-based FP services.

The project was implemented in the period December 2017 to June 2019 through four COU churches, each of which operates a health facility. Although project activities began in December 2017, training of religious leaders and health workers and subsequent outreach activities did not begin until April 2018. Of the four health facilities, two are in peri-urban Kampala and two are in rural areas in central and east central Uganda.

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