Unsafe abortion remains an enormous public health challenge in Uganda. With women lacking access to safe and legal abortions, many of them turn to unsafe abortion practices, such as self-induced abortions. The Ugandan Ministry of Health in the Annual Health Sector Performance Report of 2017-2018 estimates that as of 2018, 5.3% of all maternal deaths result from abortion complications
The Coalition to Stop Maternal Mortality due to Unsafe Abortions (CSSMUA), an umbrella organization that brings together like-minded organizations in the sexual and reproductive health field engaged member organisations in a two days training on 31 May – 1 June 2021, aimed at enhancing understanding of invisible and visible SRH issues that affect vulnerable groups of people in Uganda, so as to build capacity of members to advocate for change in policies filibustering access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
During the two days’ workshop, our capacity to streamline our policy advocacy particularly how to aggressively push for change in laws, practises and attitudes in the communities we work in was enhanced. “I will be at the forefront of leading policy advocacy interventions to reform our policies at both local and national levels to ensure inclusive access to and provision of SRH services to all Ugandans”, Ms. Amon said. The training, attended by over 30 CSO members and coordinated by Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) also shared about the invisible health issues affecting vulnerable groups like the sex workers, LGBTQ, young people and elderly people who may need family planning and abortion services but are denied the services because of the policies, beliefs and attitudes that are unfavourable. Family Medical Point shared with the participants lessons learnt from engaging in advocacy with the informal powers in especially fishing communities and women involved in sex work.