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

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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), strengthens systems women rely on, so they can access quality integrated family planning and HIV services in their communities and facilities. Arise integrates family planning into existing antiretroviral therapy services; works with community groups to build demand for these vital services; and collaborates with facilities to ensure quality counseling, referrals and linkages, and contraceptive availability.

The project is made possible thanks to funding from PATH and the Canadian International Development Agency.

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