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The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), Evidence Project and Reproductive Health Uganda are implementing a survey to assess health facility and health providers’ readiness to provide family planning in a way that respects, protects and fulfills human rights.

Titled, “Testing a Rights-Based Approach to Family Planning Service Delivery in Uganda”, the new study will help to identify areas with potential rights vulnerability that need to be modified to improve responsiveness of services to client rights. In addition, the study results will help inform the design of the family planning costed implementation plan for Uganda.

The study, which commenced in June 2016 and due to end in April 2017, will be implemented in a phased manner, in 20 health facilities (HCIII and HCIV) spread across Uganda’s Central, Western, Eastern and Northern regions.

According to Gemma Ahaibwe, a Research Fellow with EPRC, 5 out of the 20, pre-selected facilities will receive a rights based intervention from Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) and assistance from the Support for International Family Planning Organizations 2 (SIFPO2).

Currently a baseline survey is ongoing in the 5 selected facilities in the Eastern and Northern regions while the remaining 15 facilities will be covered starting August 2016. The baseline survey shall be followed by a post intervention survey due in February 2017.