Project Lead(s): Afra Nuwasiima
Contraceptive use has the potential to prevent about 30 percent of maternal and 10 percent of child deaths in low-income nations. Providing universal access to modern contraceptives in Uganda has the potential to be a highly cost-effective use of scarce healthcare resources, and will meet the high unmet need (34 percent in 2011) for family planning.
The Family Planning Benefits Card (FPBC) program will incentivize the uptake of family planning services among the urban poor in Kampala for young people, 18-30 years old, using trained community health workers to provide counseling and guidance and recruit participants. Developed in partnership with a local health benefits firm and corporate sponsors, the benefits card will ensure access to family planning counseling and guidance, birth control methods, devices and supplies, emergency contraception, and transportation to partner clinics.
The FPBC program will recruit and interview 200 participants throughout the duration of the program, and will also train 10 community health workers to mobilize the community. The study will employ both impact and health economic evaluation methods to measure program impact. A quasi-experimental study design with two separate pre- and post-samples to measure program effectiveness and a model based cost-effectiveness and budget impact analyses will be conducted.
The FPBC program also includes a pilot, corporate sponsorship drive to test away for possible future funding and sustainability of the benefits card program. If successful, the project will expand to other urban communities, and to other groups of women with high unmet need for contraception.