Large-scale programming in selected countries is considered a key activity of UAFC, and we work in Nigeria and Cameroon on female condom programming and advocacy. Both large scale country programmes are owned by in-country partners, run by a national steering committee, and implemented by a variety of in-country stakeholders, including civil society organizations, government, UN-agencies and the private sector.
In both Nigeria and Cameroon, demand for female condoms has been relatively low due to non-availability of the product, the high price and a lack of general public awareness. UAFC through its partners is addressing these factors through a combination of activities: a) demand creation, b) supply chain management, c) advocacy, and d) inclusion of the female condom in existing programmes and health services.
Since the start of the UAFC Joint Programme, progress has been made on the main objectives:
- demand has increased for the female condom
- female condoms are being more available at convenient places, at all times and at an affordable price
- the experience is being documented and made available to interested parties
- the public acceptation of the female condom as a commodity that enables women to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights is encouraged
In Cameroon, UAFC works in cooperation with the Association Camerounaise pour le Marketing Social (ACMS) for female condom programming and social marketing, and with Femmes Santé et Développement (FESADE) for female condom advocacy.
In Nigeria, UAFC works with the Society for Family Health (SFH) for social marketing and programming of female condoms, in close collaboration with UNFPA Nigeria. For female condom advocacy, UAFC works with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) and Education as a Vaccine (EVA).