HEPS-Uganda joined by various CSOs Shared with the Parliamentary Health Committee issues regarding functionalizing the operations of the Health Unit Management Committees, a community participation structure established by the Ministry of Health. Community participation as expounded in different Ministry documents such as the Patients Charter gives citizens a right to participate in promoting primary health care service delivery.
However for these committees to work effectively in pursuing their mandate, their composition should be more independent persons away from the politics. This therefore calls for the reviewing and amending the MoH HUMCs Guidelines.
HEPS Uganda is leading a Civil Society campaign to strengthen the legal framework of Health Unit Management Committees (HUMCs) that will guarantee active and meaningful community participation in health service delivery in Uganda.
The campaign advocates for a HUMCs Act of Parliament that would mandate and recognise the operations on HUMCs. This would guarantee social participation in health service delivery hence improving access and quality of health care in Uganda. Multiple layers of policy gaps require attention for this to happen though.
HEPS-Uganda was part of a civil society meeting with the General top Management of National Medical Stores on Monday this week. Among the issues raised in the meeting with the NMS General Manager is the row between Ministry of Health and NMS over why low level health facilities continue to have medicine stock outs despite the full inventory at the National Medical Stores. The General Manager committed to facilitate a process of improving the capacity of health facility staff who are involved in requisitioning and quantification of medicines, so as to minimize on the stock outs. He acknowledged that there is a big disconnect between the quantification teams at health facilities and the NMS.The Civil society team was led by PATH Uganda.
Last Friday, HEPS Uganda joined UGANET, ICWEA and more than 60 civil society organisations from across Uganda in a solidarity walk to the constitutional court to file a case challenging the discriminatory sections of the impugned HIV Prevention and Control Act 2015.
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.
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.