Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV & AIDS Contraception & Family Planning
Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women: A Qualitative Study of the Arise Project in Uganda
From 2011-2014, Pathfinder International with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), through PATH, implemented the Arise—Enhancing HIV Prevention for At-Risk-Populations Project to integrate Family Planning (FP) into HIV prevention and care services at clinic and community levels in 11 districts of northern and eastern Uganda. The main goal of Arise was to address the unmet need for contraception among women living with HIV in order to prevent HIV infections through averting pregnancies. 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. The purpose of the study was to elicit in-depth perspectives and experiences about the effectiveness of Arise interventions and suggest ways for improving future interventions in the target districts in order to complement quantitative data from Arise baseline and endline surveys conducted in 2011 and 2013. Overall, the study findings indicate that Arise was successful in influencing adoption of new behaviors. In addition, the study found that health workers, case managers and CSAs expressed positive opinions about the project’s integration of FP into HIV services.