Contributors to Public health to be awarded
Often many Ugandans have been quick to criticize government over the state of health services in the country without offering solutions. This time the civil society has come out to mobilize the members of the public to a supporting hand towards rehabilitation of health facilities especially in hard to reach areas.
Activists believe this would one a way of ensuring provision of quality public health care especially to the vulnerable like women and children.
The Mama Alive Initiatives a non-governmental organization in collaboration with the ministry of Health has embarked on a campaign that will engage the general public in order to have a contribution towards the country’s health systems.
The Board Chairperson Mama Alive Initiatives, Ruth Nvumenta Kavuma said it is high time for Ugandans not only to rely on government provisions but rather strive to make a contribution.
Launching the first ever Public Health Awards, Nvumenta the awards ceremony to be held on the 18th of October will provide a platform for the launch of Mama Trust Fund that seeks to actively engage women in solutions to address inequality in access to quality health care especially in the hard to reach areas.
Nvumenta who is also the former woman member of parliament for Kalangala District said the 5 million dollar project will see rehabilitation of dilapidated health structures and training members of Village health teams, private midwives and other players in the health sector.
“If all the people in the private sector could make a contribution with Mama Trust Fund, we should be able to do something and we did categorize areas that need support, we would look at private midwives in their small areas then we would get on to train them…. that is cheaper”-Nvumenta.
Also through this appeal, the Mama initiative welcomes offers, for instance somebody may decide to offer to rehabilitate Kalangala Health centre IV and that would be done, it takes only 100 000 us dollars to put it to a good level. So we may be able to get something,the optimistic Kavuma explained.
However she quickly warned that the initiative won’t be able to touch anything if they do not get the money.
The Project Coordinator Lawrence Katanyoleka says the 2014 Public Health Awards to be held a Kampala Serena Hotel will be based on the theme: the role of social enterprise and Philanthropy towards women and Children’s health in Uganda.
Katanyoleka says that the Awards are not only expected to yield provision of quality Health Care for women and children especially in hard to reach areas but also encourage and motivate more people in this field.
We appreciate what government has done but it is very hard for government to do this alone, so we thought it wise to highlight what other people are doing as we do that we shall them be able to catalyze further action from other players”- Katanyoleka.
The Awards with several categories for individual health workers, personalities, the media and organizations operating in the health sector seek to recognize, appreciate and catalyze local social enterprises towards health care provision. The awards will come with cash prizes ranging from 2 million to 10 million Uganda shillings.
Members of the general public will be able to take part in the nomination process by filling forms that should be returned not later than 1st September. The Nomination forms can be got online and at the district health office. ###