This week, we celebrated the Day of the African Child. The African Child needs access to quality affordable health services, clean water, and education, a violent-free childhood among several other things to help them grow into healthy productive Africans. Unfortunately, the African Child has to compete with many other African children for these services. The African Child has to contend with the fact that these services do not reach and every one of them due to the fact that governments are unable to cope with the large populations of their countries.
The ProFam franchise is working to help the next generation of African children have better access to these services through the provision on quality affordable family planning services for both women and men, as well as ensuring child survival.
With funding from different partners, the ProFam franchise is implementing key interventions in child survival and malaria. The Global Fund has funded the distribution of long lasting mosquito nets, as well as the creation of demand and availability of first line treatment of malaria drugs that ProFam has undertaken. Also, with funding from DFID, ProFam is also implementing the Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) aimed at controlling four infectious diseases: pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and neo-natal sepsis, the first three of which are responsible for up to 46% of child deaths every year. Under ICCM, ProFam provides anti-biotics for pneumonia and neo-natal (new born) sepsis, anti malarials for malaria and ORS and zinc for diarrhoea.
Family planning services are extremely important. Family planning itself improves the health of both the mother, and the children who are well-spaced when they are born. There is also the economic planning benefit of being able to properly plan and budget for one’s family over a long period of time.
However, there is a noted gap in the provision of these family planning services in Uganda. Did you know that only 26% of married women are using a method of contraception; that 34% of married women have an unmet need for family planning: 21% are in need of spacing and 14% are in need of limiting?
These statistics from the 2011 UDHS survey are just a few that show the gap that needs to be bridged in the provision of family planning services in Uganda.
ProFam clinics are well equipped to answer any questions and provide both short term and long term family planning options.
We also need to save the lives of the mothers who give birth to these children. Maternal health is an important area in which the ProFam franchise is providing intervention in, most specifically, reducing maternal morbidity as a result of Post-partum hemorrhaging.
Post-partum hemorrhaging (PPH) is the loss of more than half a litre of blood (500ml) after child birth. This blood loss can lead to hypotension, anemia, fatigue and even death. In fact, PPH is a leading cause of maternal morbidity in Uganda.
Women can get treatment for prevention of PPH, in the form of the drug, Misoprostol, at health centers which is one of the reasons they are encouraged to give birth at a health center.
As one of its services, ProFam clinics avail treatment for prevention of PPH and train qualified providers on how to use these drugs to save lives.
Clinics part of the ProFam franchise are safe and provide affordable quality family planning services in an effective and efficient manner. The service providers are trained so that they can fit within the accepted standards for the franchise. The clinics are also given technical assistance in the form of drugs like anti-malarials, Misoprostol to prevent PPH in mothers who have just given birth, products like IUDs and implants, long-lasting insecticde nets, and equipment to improve on the quality of services delivered to their clients.
Clinics part of the ProFam Franchise are more than 202 in number, spread out over 56 districts in Uganda including Lira, Mbarara, Mbale and Masindi. To access these services, visit any health center with the ProFam logo