Executive Director, UNICEF
CHASE Africa believes that universal access to voluntary Family Planning is a fundamental right and the best investment we can make to improve the quality of life of women, their families and their communities.
In addition to the 4 Health Principles of Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Quality, 6 additional Rights-Based principles related to Family Planning complete the approach that we aim to achieve:
- Agency and autonomy – Individuals have the ability to decide freely the number and spacing of their children. To exercise this ability, individuals must be able to choose a contraceptive method voluntarily, free of discrimination, coercion or violence.
- Empowerment – Individuals are empowered to make decisions about their reproductive lives, and can execute these decisions through access to contraceptive information, services and supplies.
- Equity and non-discrimination – Individuals have the ability to access quality, comprehensive contraceptive information and services free from discrimination, coercion and violence. Quality, accessibility, and availability of contraceptive information and services should not vary by non-medically indicated characteristics, such as age, geographic location, language, ethnicity, disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, wealth, marital or other status.
- Informed choice – Individuals have the ability to access accurate, clear and readily understood information about a variety of contraceptive methods and their use. To exercise full, free and informed decision-making, individuals can choose among a full range of safe, effective and available contraceptive methods (barrier, short-acting, long-acting reversible and permanent).
- Transparency and accountability – Individuals can readily access meaningful information on the design, provision, implementation and evaluation of contraceptive services, programs and policies, including government data. Individuals are entitled to seek remedies and redress at the individual and systems level when duty-bearers have not fulfilled their obligations regarding contraceptive information, services and supplies.
- Voice and participation – Individuals, particularly beneficiaries, have the ability to meaningfully participate in the design, provision, implementation, and evaluation of contraceptive services, programs and policies.
How we work
We work through local partners in Kenya and Uganda empowering women to choose the number of children they want and the spacing of births. Working alongside the Ministry of Health, our partners provide high quality sexual and reproductive health education, and a range of family planning commodities, to communities who would otherwise have very limited access to these services.
Door to Door
A network of passionate, locally trained Community Health Workers provide face-to-face comprehensive SRH education to help couples make informed choices about the size and spacing of their family in the privacy of their home. In order to make an informed choice, CHWs make them aware of all available methods, the advantages/disadvantages of each, common side effects and help dispel common myths and misconceptions surrounding family planning. They raise awareness of upcoming mobile outreach clinics.
CHWs also provide condoms and in some circumstances are trained to administer the pill.
Where CHWs have requested a backpack nurse to attend a household, he/she can provide family planning services (including barrier, short-acting, long-acting reversible methods).
With our funding, our partners organise mobile outreach clinics in the rural communities we work in and employ Ministry of Health clinicians to provide a full range of family planning services.
- Since 2012 we have provided over 170,000 family planning services.