In May 2019, NEMACY-UGANDA held a stake holders meeting to inform the target communities about her new project entitled “Integrated Response to Conducive Health Environment (RICHE)’’ funded by Australian Government at Buwenge sub-county headquarters. The meeting attracted over 80 participants and among them included the Commissioner for Youths from the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development in Uganda who was the chief guest, a delegation from the Jinja District Local Government lead by Chief Administrative Officer, and leader’s representatives from different communities of Buwenge Rural and Buwenge Town Council and other surrounding sub-counties of Jinja and Kamuli Districts. NEMACY –Uganda used this meeting to highlight the key interventions of the project which included:
On the same occasion, NEMACY-Uganda disseminated the research report findings of the general health status of Buwenge Rural Sub-county and Buwenge Town Council in Jinja district carried out in January 2019. The report highlighted pressing issues which need urgent attention by all stakeholders. These included high levels of teenage pregnancy, increasing poverty, limited or lack of drugs and essential equipment in health centres and negative attitudes by some of the health workers towards patients causing them to shy away from seeking proper treatment instead looking for drug shops for self medication when they fall sick, environment degradation and limited budgetary allocation to the health sector leading to poor service delivery at health centres.
The guest of Honor Mr. Mondo Kyateka the Commissioner for Youths in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development in Uganda was grateful to Australian Government for supporting NEMACY-Uganda financially who was tackling and supporting Government on the most pressing issues facing communities in Busoga region particularly Jinja district. However, the Commissioner advised the leaders present that the community should not look at the maternity ward and the waiting shelter to be constructed as an opportunity of just giving birth to children in a competitive manner, but an opportunity to deliver children in a healthy improved environment. He cautioned people to give birth to children whom they will be able to take care of and can provide quality education for them to have a better future. He also pointed out the issues of lack or limited information on sexual reproductive health education among young people and this has resulted into increased number of teenage pregnancies as the research report findings of NEMACY Uganda highlighted. He encouraged leaders to inform/educate or talk about reproductive health issues with their people without looking at the votes or whatever case so as to have reduced incidences of teenage pregnancies. Environmental health degradation was also an issue in the report findings which Mr. Mondo urged communities to put emphasis on planting trees in order to save nature and the lives of people.