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).
Lack of male involvement in making family planning decisions has been one of the highly cited reasons why women and youth get discouraged from using contraception. From our recent scorecard process though, the Muwanga Community in Kiboga sub county seems to be different.
Mr. Denis Kibira, the ag. Executive Director of HEPS UGANDA making a presenation The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) general membership meeting in Oslo, Norway in October 2015, HEPS UGANDA was nominated for the #TakeStock Champion Award. The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) created the Take Stock Awards to recognize individuals and RHSC member organizations working effectively to end stockouts of reproductive health supplies.
HEPS-Uganda is an acronym for Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development.
It is a health rights organisation that advocates for increased access to affordable essential medicines for the poor and vulnerable people in Uganda.
Through this campaign, HEPS is targeting policy makers and other relevant stakeholders at both national and district level to address gaps on budget allocation and the supply barriers that lead to contraceptive stock-outs. HEPS generating demand at the community level by empowering women and youth to make informed decisions on Family Planning and demand government accountability for effective service provision.
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.