In response to the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities’ call to improved access and use of underutilized lifesaving commodities, Access Global is contributing to the Uganda National Catalytic Plan set out to strengthen national capacity for female condom (FC) access and acceptance. Access Global is a private company based in Uganda that is dedicated to providing supply chain management services focused on ensuring the availability of critical health commodities in rural health clinics throughout the region. Together with the Uganda Ministry of Health, Reproductive Health Uganda, and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, Access Global is providing technical assistance to ensure steady supplies of female condoms in Uganda through the Female Condom Project.

The female condom was introduced in Uganda in 1998. However, the first brand of female condoms (FC1) was not well accepted, causing a halt in importation by the Government of Uganda. In 2009, the Ministry of Health re-introduced an improved version of the female condom (FC2) through a pilot initiative in four districts. Even though some myths and misconceptions of the female condom still existed, the re-introduction of the female condom was found to be highly accepted and evaluations of the FC2 in March 2010 showed a high demand throughout the pilot region. By January 2015, a total of 10,957,000 female condoms had been imported into the country and the price of the female condom had fallen significantly from US$0.83 in 2006 to US$0.59 per unit in 2015. The results of the pilot suggested potential for scaling distribution of FC2 in phases throughout the country; however, the pilot also revealed challenges in distribution, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Access Global is working with partner organizations to address these three main objectives:

  1. Analysis on quantification of need for female condoms by identifying key strengths and weaknesses and building consensus on key bottlenecks in supply chains.
  2. Develop guidelines for national quantification of needs for female condom.
  3. Pilot the guidelines for national quantification of needs for female condoms. The analysis conducted by Access Global has provided valuable insight into the strengths, opportunities, weakness and threats to a complete integration of the female condom as an accepted life-saving commodity in Uganda.

 
Through the collaboration with Access Global and key partner organizations, the Female Condom Project in Uganda has developed national guidelines on quantification, distribution, monitoring and evaluation of female condoms in Uganda; the Project has also developed a national need quantification for female condoms for the year 2015/16. The quantification is supported by both a distribution plan and a monitoring and evaluation plan for female condoms. The Project aims to procure 1,777,500 female condoms, and to invest $5,274,650 in procurement and programing that will promote overall access and use of female condoms throughout Uganda. To learn more on the Female Condom Project or about partner organizations contact Access Global.

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