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Johns Hopkins-Led TCI Taps U.K. Comic Relief and Star Power to Promote Family Planning in Uganda

U.K. celebrity Stacey Solomon visited Kampala, Uganda, on March 5 and 6 with U.K. charity Comic Relief to meet women living in the Ki-Mombasa slum of Kawempe District, in Uganda, and then participated in an integrated community outreach event held by The Challenge Initiative (TCI) and the Kampala Capital City Authority.

TCI is a global urban reproductive health program supported by a three-year, $42 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is the lead coordinating partner of TCI. TCI’s accelerator hubs include two other Hopkins-affiliated institutions, Jhpiego and the Center for Communication Programs.

More than 700 community members attended the recent outreach event, which offered a variety of health services including family planning, cervical cancer screening and HIV screening. Sixty-six of the 453 women who attended received a family planning method, including a 32-year-old mother of seven who opted for tubal ligation.

Bloomberg School affiliates who attended the Uganda outreach included Kojo Lokko, TCI’s deputy director, Ms. Kim Martin, TCI’s senior communications & marketing officer and MPH student Ms. Danielle DeCosta.

In other TCI news, the Delta State Government in Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TCI in January. The agreement will access over $200 million (Nigerian dollars) to address family planning needs without being limited by funding ceilings.

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