|Name of person responsible /Facilitator||Esther Nakkazi|
|Café Name/Title||The proposed introduction of the Panty Condom and HIV prevention|
|Date café held||January 24, 2018|
|Café objectives (The learning objectives should be tailored for each specific café)||• To introduce the journalists to the proposed panty condoms as one of the interventions for HIV prevention in Uganda
• To understand what the Ministry of Health is doing to promote the female condom generally as one of the female-controlled HIV prevention interventions.
|Key speakers||Speake’s name
|Participants||• There were about 30 journalists, including Hejnu staff at the café and three speakers. It was mostly the same journalists who have participated in previous cafes.
• The topic on panty condoms was of interest to many journalists as seen from the kind of questions they were asking. Even though some were familiar with the female condom generally, few had heard or reported about the panty condom in particular.
|Partners||The speakers came from the Ministry of Health, Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) and SAMASHA Medical Foundation.|
|Highlights, key questions/ themes|| Vastha Kibirige, coordinator-Condom
Ms Kibirige gave a brief history of the introduction of the female condom in Uganda. Although the male condom has always been part of the HIV prevention intervention, she said Uganda first introduced the female condom in 1998. At the time, the country imported 1million condoms. The plan was to distribute half of those condoms for free and then distribute the other half through social marketing campaigns. However, this did not go according to plan as the acceptability of the condom was very low.
Ms Kibirige said this was attributed to the lack of research undertaken before the condoms were introduced. Commonly known as FC1, women who used the condoms complained of them being too noisy and uncomfortable. There were also several myths about the condoms such as them disappearing in the uterus when used. She noted that part of the problem was the low sensitization of the public about the female condoms, which gave rise to the several myths about it.
“We had to first change the attitudes of health workers so that they are able to market the condoms to women as an important tool for HIV prevention,” she said.
The unpopularity of the first-generation female condom, also known as FC1 later gave way to a new condom, the FC2 or second-generation female condom.
According to Ms. Kibirige, in order to increase the acceptability of this condom, the ministry had to undertake sensitization of the community on the benefits of women having an HIV prevention intervention that they could control themselves. So far, she said the acceptability of the FC2 female condom has been positive.
“Many women are now satisfied with this condom and we have been notified that some men like to use it too,” said Ms. Kibirige.
She also noted that the Ministry is already developing a national condom strategy to spur condom use in the country.
|Key notes from café and/or outputs/ outcomes||The topic under discussion were very informative and engaging.
The resource persons were also very informative on the different aspects of what they talked about. Although female condom has been discussed in the media before, the topic on the panty condom specifically enlisted a lot of curiosity as some journalists were hearing about the panty condom for the first time.
A number of news stories, especially on radio have been aired on the panty condom.
|Resources/ Materials used||The presenters came with samples of both the panty condoms and the FC2 Female condom to illustrate their use during the discussion.|
|Social media posts?||There were a few tweets from the journalists who attended the café.|
|Stories linked to café||1. http://www.thecommunityagenda.com/index.php/health2/ item/130-here-comes-the-panty-condom-another-safetychoice-for-ugandan-women
2. The Independent (Panty Condom hits Ugandan market)
3. Bukedde (Baleese kondomu e’mpya)
4. Radio One (Only 17% of Ugandans know how to use condoms)
5. Bukedde Radio (Acceptability study on panty condom starts)
6. Star FM (Aired January 26)
7. UBC Radio (Aired January 29)
8. Radio Sapientia (Only 19% of Ugandans know how to use a condom)
9. New Vision (Ugandan women to get panty condoms
11. Metro FM -Uganda to get panty condoms
12. Capital Radio- panty condoms to help women protect themselves
13. Super fm – Kondom ya bakyala ezze
|Next café topic and date||The next café is expected to be held in Jinja at the end of February. It will be the second café to be held upcountry after the one held in Mbarara in 2017.|
|Key speakers/experts for next café||We hope to invite an expert from Uganda Aids Commission, someone from the District Health Office and an activist/civil society person.|
|Type/Group||Speaker’s Name and Org affiliation|
|Researcher(s)/Scientists||No suggestion made yet|
|Civil society expert(s)||No suggestions made yet|
|Government e.g. MoH or NAC or Regulatory body||No suggestions made yet|