The Friday of 24th November 2017 got the people of Hoima merrymaking and dancing as they turned up in their thousands for the family planning concert that was organized by Public Health Ambassadors Uganda-PHAU. The music concert dubbed ‘Famile Pulaningi Mu Ndongo’ was held at the Hoima Booma grounds where top local artists, Comedians and Drama actors treated the revellers to a night filled with themed musical performances, skits, comedy and much more.
The concert preparations started with a community mobilization drive on Thursday with community-led flash mobs in Hoima town and the neighbouring suburb of Kinubi. After one on one demonstration on the correct and consistent use, an estimated 70,000 condoms were distributed during this drive and at the concert itself. The flash mob was supplemented with rare and entertaining strokes from Spice Commandos, a popular dance group in Hoima.
Furthermore, two radio talk shows were aired at Spice FM; a purely urban youth based radio with a big listenership for young people in Hoima and the surrounding Districts. The radio talk shows were led by representatives from PSI - Uganda, PHAU and a Profam Service Providers reminding listeners of the Profam service packages, names of the Profam clinics, project focus areas and target group.
Friday the day for the concert started at 10:00am with different services like health education, HIV tests, family planning, counselling, condom demonstration and distribution, blood donation, and cervical cancer screening. Over 700 people tested for HIV/AIDS while 88 young women received different family planning services on site. While the Peer to Peer sessions through 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 cream de la cream of Hoima’s entertainment fraternity. These included artists like Jalia, Figo West, Planet Arron, Tunaca troupe and David King - the night’s headliner.
Over 15,000 people were reached with health information on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights through radio talk shows, door to door mobilization, community drives/flash mobs and at 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), with an objective to create demand and utilization of sexual and reproductive health rights and services among young women (15-24years) with a focus on long-term family planning services at Profam clinics that offer youth-friendly health services. The project covers districts of Jinja, Hoima, Masindi and Luwero. The concert marks the climax of the YOSPACE project in Hoima district.