A recent study to determine the effectiveness of integrating family planning methods into the campaign against HIV/AIDS, has shown positive results.
According to the Executive Secretary of the National AIDS Control Commission, Dr. Anita Asiimwe, the system was tried in several health facilities across the country and has proved to work well.
“We recently shared results on this study with some partners and discussed the major problems that may hinder the success of this procedure. We came up with solutions so that we can apply this effective measure,” she explained.
“At the end of this year, we will know the best way to integrate family planning services and the fight against HIV in health facilities.”
During the workshop, officials noted that the country has taken significant strides as regards implementation of this system emphasizing that all health facilities across the country will soon be able to offer a minimum package of integrated services in family planning.
Participants also agreed that there is an urgent need to train more medics in a bid to facilitate management of side effects that may arise due to use of family planning methods, especially with the interaction of antiretroviral therapy.
According to officials, this was done at the health centres of Kinihira, Rulindo district, centres in Nyagatare, Rutare, Rukomo and Gicumbi among others.
The study was successfully carried out by the ministry in conjunction with IntraHealth, a partner that works to address the country’s need for high-quality health care services.