Last Month HEPS-Uganda closed an 18-month project implementation which was aimed at minimising stock-outs of family planning commodities in 16 public health facilities in Mbarara and Kamuli districts and raise community awareness on contraceptives choice.
HEPS UGANDA Ag. Executive Director, Mr. Denis Kibira at the panel on stock outs : What Lies Behind An Empty Shelf during the women deliver conference in Copenhagen, Denmark last month. The conference was attended by 5543 participants from 150 countries to deliberate on how to make SDGs matter most for girls and women. A panel was organized by RHSC on Stockouts: What lies behind an empty shelf.
The panel constituted of; Denis Kibira from HEPS-Uganda, Priya Agrawal (MSD for Mothers), Lily Liu Liqing (Marie Stopes International China, Aissa Laouan Wandarama (Marie Stopes International, Niger) and moderated by Ian Salas from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The panel discussed how supply stockouts continue to be a major barrier to contraceptive access. Empty shelves can provide insight into the relationship between contraceptive choice, rights, the role of community engagement, and national commitment.
HEPS Uganda last month formed part of a new partnership, Health Systems Advocacy (HSA) together with Health Action International (HAI), AMREF, WEMOS and ACHEST. With Funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the project’s goal is to improve access to SRH services with a focus on strengthening two blocks of health systems (human resources for health and medicines and commodities).
The Coalition for Health Promotion and Social development seeks to achieve its overall goal of "working towards increased access to affordable, quality essential medicines, especially the poor and vulnerable". The team behind this noble cause is profiled here.