Arise: Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women in Northern Uganda

Photo by Pathfinder Uganda

At a community dialogue meeting, people living with HIV, religious leaders, elders, local councilors and other opinion leaders, and health service providers discuss emerging issues, like access to family planning services.

Photo by Pathfinder Uganda

By promoting dual method use (using a condom and a contraceptive method), the ARISE project seeks to avert unintended pregnancy and prevent HIV infection.

Photo by Pathfinder Uganda

“We use condoms. I’ve been married to
my husband for 34 year, and we are living positively with HIV. We are blessed with four children. We have been using condoms for the last three years…” -AL, a client

In Uganda, an increasing number of women with HIV know their status and are living longer, more active lives. Available family planning counseling and services offer them health and social benefits. When their unmet need for contraception is met, women living with HIV can prevent both unintended pregnancy and the transmission of HIV.

Arise (Enhancing HIV Prevention Programs for At-Risk Populations), implemented by Pathfinder International and National Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (NACWOLA), strengthened the systems women rely on, so they can access quality integrated family planning and HIV services in their communities and facilities. Arise integrated family planning into existing antiretroviral therapy services; worked with community groups to build demand for these vital services; and collaborated with facilities to ensure quality counseling, referrals and linkages, and contraceptive availability.

The project reached more than 100,000 women with family planning and HIV & AIDS services. Arise was made possible thanks to funding from PATH and the Canadian International Development Agency.



Your support is critical to ensuring our work can continue. Your gift of $25 or $50 helps women and families access contraception, maternal and newborn care services, and a range of other reproductive health services.

Related Publications

June 2014

Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women: A Qualitative Study of the Arise Project in Uganda

This report presents the findings from a qualitative study conducted in January 2014 in Lango and Teso regions of Uganda among Arise Project beneficiaries and service providers.

June 2014

Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women: Endline Survey Results and Comparison with the Baseline

This is a report of a facility-based endline survey that was conducted as part of a program evaluation to assess the Arise—Enhancing HIV Prevention for At-Risk-Populations project in Uganda.

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Arise: Using Data to Improve Program Performance in Uganda

This publication identifies how Arise effectively used data to review its work and make improvements to planned interventions, resulting in improved performance.

March 2013

Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception Among HIV-Positive Women

This baseline study was conducted to assess the performance of the ARISE (Enhancing HIV Prevention for At-Risk Populations) project in Uganda.

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