The life call: Marie Stopes hosts its first hotline flash mob

Did you know that even without airtime you can actually call 0800 120 333 for free to access emergency counselling when stranded and your partner is bleeding? So was the case in the flash mob message that was staged at the Owino market.

A man turns up with his wife experiencing pain and post-partum haemorrhage; he tries calling but he is short on credit. A Samaritan assists him with his phone to call the closest local doctor but unfortunately the phone is not available. On insisting, another willing concerned citizen shows him a placard by the roadside with the toll free hotline and he calls it only to be responded by a delighted counsellor who gives him timely advice and is directed to the nearest health centre.

Marie stopes Uganda in partnership with the Linkup project under Marie stopes International Uganda worked together to provide voluntary HIV counselling and testing, voluntary family planning and syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections to men and women, youth and most at risk populations. The event was more than successful at Owino market.

Objectives of the event:

  • To increase awareness and sensitization on the facts about the MSU SRH Hotline for the public in Kampala and Uganda at large.
  • To provide a platform for young people to advocate for better prevention strategies especially in reducing the transmission of HIV and AIDS and unwanted pregnancies.
  • To inform the public about the life guard condom brand and how they can access it.

Activities and participants

  • Free information, communication about toll free hotline, linkup and life guard.
  • Free condom distribution and demonstrations.
  • HIV counseling and testing, family planning services and STI services
  • Edutainment.

Various stakeholders were present in partnership with Marie Stopes namely; Uganda Police Force, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Ham Shopping Arcade management. Different youth turned up to learn about the services and the public came to a standstill to witness the flash mob. There was free HCT services offered and a number of people from the public turned up to get free testing for STDs and family planning services.

Forget not to call us free of charge to speak to our trained counsellors on 0800 120 333.

via Marie Stopes Uganda