USAID $32.8 M program to improve health facilities in Lango sub region

By Gloria Nakiyimba
The people of Lango sub region have a reason to smile following the launch of  a five year  $32.8 million program that will provided better health services in nine districts.
The USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Northern Uganda program was launched on Thursday by the United States government and the Government of Uganda
USAID country Director, Joachim Parker says    the program will focus on maternal and neonatal child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
“Whether it is controlling the spread of HIV, ensuring that new mothers and babies receive proper healthcare, or building stronger and more effective health systems, the United States invests in Uganda to see its people live up to their full potential”  said  Parker.
Under the program USAID will design and implement health system strengthening strategies to scale up high-impact, evidence-based interventions at the national, sub-regional, district, and community levels.
Districts to benefit from the program are   Alebtong, Amolatar, Apac, Lira, Oyam, Dokolo, Kole, Otuke, and Kwania.
This program will enhance health by increasing districts’ capacity to apply proven best practices and services the people in the districts.
According to a statement from the US Embassy in Kampala, the program  will also promote the adoption of healthy behaviors by raising awareness of the importance of reducing delays in seeking care and lower sociocultural barriers to service uptake.
By leveraging and linking resources, the program will improve commodity access, promote effective operation and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment, and improve management and governance of health services.

USAID to help Karamoja to improve food security

By Gloria Nakiyimba
The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has   launched two new five-year activities, totaling $75 million US Dollars , to improve food and nutrition security in the Karamoja sub-region.
 The activities will focus on improving health and nutrition, on and off-farm livelihoods, local governance and civil society, and water, sanitation and hygiene conditions.
According to a statement from the United States Mission in Kampala, the Nuyok Activity meaning “it is ours” will be implement by Catholic Relief Services and its partners in the districts of Abim, Nakapiripirit and Napak.
Mercy Corps and partners will implement the Apolou Activity meaning “growth” in  Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto and Amudat districts.
Karamoja   is the most nutritionally vulnerable region in Uganda and the third most vulnerable to stunting in East Africa.


By Alice Lubwama

Child rights organizations in Uganda say it is not enough for government to pass laws for the protection of children rights without implementing them.

Virginia Saiz the head of program plan international Uganda says there still many gaps which Government has to address in order to enable the children of Uganda  enjoy their full rights.

She asks Government to work with all the stake holders to eliminate all forms of violence.

These are some of the messages civil society organizations and UN agencies such as USAID and UNICEF resounded during the commemoration of the day of African child which was held in Masaka.

According to the recent report by UNICEF 81% of children aged between 10 to 18 years has experienced violence and sexual abuse is the commonest.

The report also indicates that 77.7% of primary and 82% of secondary students between the age of 10-18 years have experienced sexual violence.