State Minister of Health Hanifa Kawooya says that the Ministry of Health is constrained and can’t deliver services to the furthest of communities. Kawooya said that since the MOH structures stop at Health Center II, they have been challenged on having timely interventions into community problems.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is seeking partnerships with local
NGOs to help them reach out to the community as part of a new strategy of focusing more on disease prevention
State Minister of Health Hanifa Kawooya says that the Ministry of Health is constrained
and can’t deliver services to the furthest of communities. Kawooya said that since
the MOH structures stop at Health Center II, they have been challenged on
having timely interventions into community problems.
she said they are now seeking partnerships with
organisations to ensure that waterborne
diseases, malaria and HIV related services which can be easily nipped in the bud and yet
continue to ravage communities are handled by them since they have trained VHTs
who act as first health worker of
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Kawooya, who was launching a new strategic plan for a local
NGO Programme for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE), gave an example of the Maternal health drug
misoprostol that helps with post-partum bleeding where through PACE activities, they realized it was being misused to induce abortions.
In their just launched three-year strategic plan, the NGO
plans to carry out programmes geared towards malaria
and HIV prevention, community health systems strengthening, sexual and
reproductive health in addition to non-communicable diseases and programmes
related to water sanitation and hygiene, on behalf of the ministry.
PACE Executive Director Phellister Nakamya said that they
come with a mantra of health being made at home and that they will first understand
community behaviours in order to come up with consumer powered healthcare.
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Knowing that 75 per cent of homesteads in Uganda have access to a
type of phone, she says they plan to use digital platforms to reach communities
with prevention measures.
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Meanwhile, it’s estimated that 70% of the disease burden in
Uganda is preventable. Last year, for the first time, MOH held a conference involving
scientists from across the world to discuss strategies that could help the country
adopt disease prevention behaviours.