Thousands Turn Up for Family Planning Concert in Uganda
Friday, November 24, 2017 got the people of Hoima, Uganda merrymaking and dancing! They turned up in the thousands for a family planning concert organized by Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU). The concert, dubbed Famile Pulaningi Mu Ndongo (a Luganda phrase for the combination of edu-tainment with family planning information and services), was held at the Hoima Booma grounds, where top local artists, comedians, and actors treated the revelers to a night filled with themed musical performances, skits, comedy, and much more.
The concert preparations started on Thursday, with a community mobilization drive—including community-led flash mobs—in Hoima and the neighboring suburb of Kinubi. After a one-on-one demonstration on correct and consistent condom use, an estimated 70,000 condoms were distributed during the drive and at the concert itself. The flash mob was supplemented with a rare and entertaining performance from Spice Commandos, a popular dance group in Hoima.
Furthermore, two radio talk shows were aired on Spice FM, a purely urban youth-based radio station with a big listenership among young people in Hoima. The talk shows were led by representatives from PSI/Uganda, PHAU, and ProFam, who reminded listeners about ProFam’s clinics, service packages, project focus areas, and target group.
Friday, the day of the concert, started at 10:00am with different services including health education, HIV tests, family planning, counselling, condom demonstration and distribution, blood donation, and cervical cancer screening. Over 700 people received testing for HIV/AIDS while 88 young women received different family planning services on site. While the peer-to-peer sessions (both one-on-one and group discussions) reached 644 people, cervical cancer screening attracted 53 people and 51 people donated blood on site.
The night was crowned with powerful performances from the crème de la crème of Hoima’s entertainment fraternity. These included Jalia, Figo West, Planet Aaron, Tunaca Troupe, and David King, the night’s headliner.
Overall, more than 15,000 people were reached with information on sexual and reproductive health and rights through the radio talk shows, door-to-door mobilization, community drives/flash mobs, and the concert itself.
Famile Pulaningi Mu Ndongo is a community sensitization activity held under the YoSpace project, an initiative funded with the generous support from Population Services International Uganda (PSI/Uganda). Its objective is to create demand for and use of sexual and reproductive health services among young women (15-24 years) with a focus on long-term family planning services at ProFam clinics that offer youth-friendly services. The project covers Jinja, Hoima, Masindi, and Luwero districts. The concert marks YoSpace’s climax in Hoima district.