U.S., British Governments Launch Shs213.5 Billion Project In Uganda To Increase Contraceptive Use

“The United States and British governments have launched a four-year, Shs213.5 billion [US$75 million] project to increase the use of contraceptive services among Ugandans,” Uganda’s Daily Monitor reports. “Through the project, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) will provide family planning services in all parts of Uganda,” with Britain contributing 35 million Pound Sterling (US$55 million) and the U.S. contributing US$20 million, the newspaper reports.

The U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier on Saturday said Uganda’s current population of 32 million is projected to double by 2050, a high fertility rate that “partly attributes to the fact that only about two of every 10 married Ugandan women between 15 and 49 years use injectable contraceptives, pills, and sterilisation” while it is “estimated that four in every 10 married women would like to use family planning services but they do not have access to the services and supplies,” the newspaper notes (Wesonga, 9/12).