Has Yoweri Museveni walked the talk on funding family planning in Uganda? | Richard M Kavuma

Health experts in Uganda are divided about how far the president has made good on the promises he made at the London family planning summit four years ago

For decades, activists in Uganda called for manageable family sizes. At the same time, President Yoweri Museveni talked up the benefits of a large population to make the country more attractive to investors. Something had to give, and the London family planning summit in 2012 appeared to mark a turning point.

There, Museveni not only articulated the benefits of family planning but also committed money to it, increasing government funding from $3.3m (£250m) to $5m annually for five years. He also announced plans to mobilise $10m from donors and streamline Uganda’s medical supply systems to improve delivery of family planning commodities.

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