THE UGANDA SAFE-BIRTH ORGANISATION (TUSBO)

29 Jul 2011

MEN TORTURE WOMEN FOR USING CONTRACEPTIVES IN NORTHERN UGANDA

Decisions on what contraceptives to use among couples are causing mayhem in villages in Northern Uganda as most men appear to be against the modern birth control methods.

Local leaders say most of the domestic violence cases reported to them arise from disagreement on contraceptive to use.

John Bosco Oryem, the area local council chairperson of Labora Village in Koro Sub County, Gulu district said of the 10 cases he handles, at least 3 are related to the use of contraceptives.

He said most men accuse their wives of not consulting them before starting to use the pills.

Sharon Aber, a service provider working with Reproductive Health Uganda in Gulu said many of the women also report battering from their husbands if they discover they are on pills.

Filda Anicia, the centre manager, Reproductive Health Uganda Gulu blamed the confusion on lack of communication and failure by men to accompany their wives for this service.

A UNFPA 2008 report ranks Uganda among the countries with the highest fertility.

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