INTEGRATED MEDICAL OUTREACH CLINICS

The principal objective of this project was to accelerate the uptake of various family planning methods in isolated rural communities in the Rwenzori Region.

A total number of 177,080 people have been reached with the health services in the clinic of which 10,056 women received family planning services securing CYP 5925.



BUDGET ADVOCACY & EXPENDITURE TRACKING ON WCAH SERVICES/GFF Accountability at Sub-national level.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the delivery of women, children and adolescent (WCAH) services in the Kasese district. In addition to this objective, the project also focuses on successfully accomplishing two sub-targets. Firstly, the RCRA aims to increase evidence and understanding surrounding the impact of global financing facility (GFF) funds on the quality of WCAH services. The second sub-target of this project is to strengthen the RCRA’s linkages with other Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) partners working in the Kasese district communities.

ACCELERATING EPIDEMIC CONTROL IN FORT REGION;

  • The main objective of this project is to accelerate HIV/AIDS epidemic control in the Fort Portal region.
  • This project also strives to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals. These goals state that by 2022:
  • 95% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
  • 95% of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
  • 95% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

Activities include:                                           

  • Identifying people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • Index client contact tracing.
  • Linking individuals to antiretroviral therapy (ART) services.
  • Supporting adherence to and retention on ART.
  • Support to children, youth and their caregivers infected and affected by HIV.

UGANDAN GRANDMOTHERS PROGRAMME

Thanks to the generosity of Irish supporters over recent months and following its successful evaluation the work of the Ugandan Grandmothers programme is continuing. The livelihood component of the programme is being extended by the purchase of 50 goats which will be given to those grandmothers who received seeds in the previous quarter. An additional 80 grandmothers are being given seeds to develop kitchen gardens.

This means that due to your generosity 80 grandmothers will have received a goat and 160 gran

dmothers will have received seeds to enable them to grow healthy food. Th

e progeny from the goats will assist the grandmothers to pay school fees.

This development would facilitate the scaling up of the programme thus enabling many more grandmother-headed families to be helped. It would also ensure that aspects of the programme which have not yet been fully implemented including payment

of school fees and the intergenerational component could be progressed.

The 30 grandmothers in the pilot programme are continuing to meet supported by two para social workers.

Below are quotes from some of the 30 grandmothers with whom the Director met last November as part of the evaluation process: “We thank you for this programme, at least we now own goats in our homes, which we would have not managed to own without the programme”. “The programme supported us establish kitchen gardens,

jointly managed with our children, we no longer buy vegetables from the market, we now grow the vegetables at home”. “I now feel healthier and fit, I do exercises by walking over our small hills”.

“I limit the amount of salt consumption to avoid diseases and do regular hypertension screening, monitoring and treatment at the health centre”. “My grand child is at school, now has books, pens, and pads, and was not sent back home last term for school fees”. “We have beans for planting and we hope to harvest much for home and selling”. The parasocial workers will also be involved in ongoing evaluation. Due to the success of the Grandmothers programme the Catholic Church are interested in becoming involved through its social mission, Caritas. From their work in health and education the local Catholic church in Kasese see great potential in the Grandmothers programme and are willing to work with RCRA to extend the Programme to other poor districts in the area.

HEALTH OF PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT

– A total of 3009+ referrals (Family Planning, HIV testing, Immunization, Antenatal, Nutrition, other facility services) from the community to the facility were made and 2791+ clients have been able to receive a service making effective referral. Similarly, 291+ referrals from the facility to the community were made and completed making it 100%. – A total of 708+ pregnant mothers have been mapped, referred and linked for appropriate services like ANC and elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT) and have successfully received the service. – 450+ Fruit trees planted with 70 PHE Model Households, and trained in alternative livelihoods. – 560 information sessions on Family planned held with young mothers groups and model village households – 70 Smoke free -energy cooking stoves, 70 kitchen gardens and 70 drying racks constructed. – 60 Hand washing kits given out to schools and health facilities – 60 young mothers trained in saloon hair making skills – 6 PHE clubs were formed in 6 primary schools