Family Planning & Healthy Pregnancies

Client Sharon shares why family planning is even more essential now during COVID

To help women plan and space their pregnancies, our supported community health workers (CHWs) provide comprehensive family planning education and provide contraceptives. This started as a pilot experiment in two districts in Uganda but has been so successful we’ve expanding it across all our operations in Uganda and in several areas in Kenya. Women are provided with the opportunity to access a broad range of contraceptives including condoms, birth control pills and the 3-month injectable Sayana Press, and can also be referred for longer-term and permanent methods.

Through regular home visits from CHWs, pregnant women receive early pregnancy diagnoses, education on maternal health and nutrition, and the opportunity to register (through our app) to receive automated text messages with advice timed to their delivery date. CHWs use a module within the mobile app tailored to pregnancy to flag risk factors and danger signs, and to refer high-risk pregnancies to a proper facility. We work to ensure that all pregnant women attend all antenatal care clinic visits and give birth in a health facility.

Watch: Client Rose talks about how her CHW helped sensitize her husband about family planning

Watch our Smart Health app at work with our family planning workflow.

Watch our Smart Health app at work with our antenatal & postnatal visit workflows.

Dr. Peter Kaddu, Director of Health, talks family planning at Living Goods.

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“In Times Like These, CHW Shadia’s Care Means Everything” – Jane, a Pregnant Woman in Uganda

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CHWs are trusted frontline health personnel with basic health training and knowledge who provide primary care to their neighbors and help alleviate pressure on resource-constrained health facilities.

Update

Living Goods’ 2023 Year-End Report

February 19, 2024

In 2023, we entered the second year of our 5-year strategic plan. Our plan centers on supporting governments in strengthening their community health systems by digitizing, skilling, supplying, supervising, and paying CHWs—to scale community health more sustainably. Read to learn more about our work.

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Uganda: CHW Performance on Track as Government Rolls Out eCHIS

December 14, 2023

Overall performance remained on track in our Uganda learning site in Q3. After significant efforts, we had the best tech stability in several years after significant efforts, including continuous timely follow-up of non-reporting community health workers (CHWs) and resolution of emerging tech issues.

Blog

Client Voices: A Mother’s Journey from Lwabaswa, Uganda

December 4, 2023

There is no health center in this village. The closest person we have to a doctor is community health worker (CHW) Judith. We have boat taxis that work on a strict schedule and the rest are for hire.

Media Mentions

How Busia has increased uptake of family planning services

September 4, 2023

The Community Health Workers are equipped with educational materials, which they use as a guide on a range of family planning products, how they work, and their side effects.

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