Saturday, 12 October 2019

DID YOU KNOW THAT WOMEN IN UGANDA ARE USING HERBS AS NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CONTRACEPTION IN WHICH SOME DO NOT MIX WELL WITH BIRTH CONTROL PILLS WHICH THEY SHOULD A VOID- DID YOU KNOW THAT HERBS ARE INCREASING UNSAFE ABORTION RATES IN THE WESTERN UGANDA REGION.




From our mini survey we discovered that majority of women have desire to use contraceptives  but are not having accurate FP information as a result majority of them more especially those belonging to African traditional institutions , cults among others are using herbs as alternative contraception strategy in Family Planning.  Basing on the facts gathered through our Faith Family planning Champions in Western Uganda where herbs are grown and secondly we managed to get extra information from herbalists regarding data on preparation and perceived effectiveness of herbal contraception’s.

Our min survey findings indicates that in most of mid-western Uganda region districts herbal contraception is used mostly by women in rural areas and also the urban women obtain these through market and have been advised by herbalists/ traditionalists to be used co-currently with Fertility awareness (FAM) methods especially those from indigenous tribes.
We have furthermore found that acceptance of contraceptives in western Uganda is influenced more by traditional and religions (Both modern religion and African Traditional Society) rather than their education. Most of women reached by our Family Planning tutorship truck said they use herbal contraceptives because they are easily obtained and inexpensive, generally they consider herbal contraceptives much safer than other contraceptive methods. Some women who had been using modern FP Methods are now using herbs in delaying pregnancy this shift is mainly due to the side effects of modern methods.

The question remains is there any need to compromise between folks practices and modern science as in case of herbal contraceptives? Also you might be interested in Knowing if there is any innovation to engage traditional healers, herbalists and traditional leaders to increase uptake of modern FP methods?

Furthermore the traditional use of herbs is increasing level of unsafe abortion rates in the region for example in Kyenjojo, Kagadi, Kyegegwa and Ntoroko districts unripe papaya and other traditional tree called Omuhoko is used to terminate pregnancy and believed that taking papaya among male is effective male contraception which could actually cat man’s sperms out to zero and safe for long term use.

In Kyongera village women are using honey, lemon juice which is placed in the virgina to block sperms which the traditional women believe as birth control and claim that is more effective and hence desirability and also eating on cotton roots in Kasese district is believed to prevent pregnancy.

Though efforts to halt pregnancy is deemed immoral among cultural and religious institutions in western Uganda , women are still using number of natural birth control methods such as inserting herb roots in the virgina, oral suspension of the herbs and some are given ritual herbs which they tie around their thighs during sex to prevent pregnancy among women who come from families which practice African traditional society rituals.
To the young girls in schools who have learnt some information regarding about the cycle beads have gone ahead to make reusable sanitary pads themselves as well as making cycle beads out of bean seeds to estimate their fertility based on days since last menstruation.
We're a small non-profit network outfit, not funded by home government money or lucrative sponsorship, so we depend on regular donations from our supporters and readers to:
  • Facilitate faith and cultural Family planning Champions
  • Provide our team with the tools and information  they need to do their work well
  • Hire in the experts (forensic accountants, Doctors,  analysts) to help us uncover the truth
  • For the above mentioned case we would like to immediately train stakeholders and hold engagement dialogue with gate keepers such as Herbalists, traditional healers, faith, Kings and chiefs to priorities modern Family planning contraceptives and engage their followers through the traditional approaches and platforms, this is time sensitive if we are to achieve the Uganda FP commitment through intercultural Family planning alliance.
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Atuhaire Moses I Executive Director I Western Uganda FBOs Network I Tel: +256777882009 I Email. utopiauganda@gmail.com  I http://westernugandafbonetwork.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 30 May 2019