How you can help
Being passionate about helping others is honorable, but since several people and countries need help, it becomes a challenge. There are also many global issues to support. However, selecting an initiative to donate or volunteer for depends on several factors, including how fast your aid will impact. Aiding people in Uganda is more of an attainable goal.
This article outlines areas Uganda lacks, areas that need special attention, and how they can be assisted, including volunteering and aid donation opportunities.
Uganda has a history of inadequate healthcare facilities and infrastructure. Although there are signs of improvement, there is a need for additional effort.
In 2016, Uganda’s issues were led by infectious diseases, which results in 50% of their mortality and morbidity. Other leading causes of death include malaria, respiratory, TB, diarrhea, and HIV/AIDS from multiple sexual partners and unprotected sexual activities. Likewise, there are issues of malnutrition, poor sanitation, contaminated water, air pollution, socio-economic and gender disparities among citizens.
Established Health Policies
Uganda established the Second National Development Plan (2015/16-2019/20), the Health Sector Development Plan (HSDP) (2015/16-2019/20), and National Health Policy II (2010-2020) to pilot growth towards the health sector. The HSDP aims to reduce sicknesses, disparities, morbidity, and mortality towards the advancement of Uganda.
Uganda’s national health arrangement integrates private and public sector implementation. The private sector comprises of traditional health providers, non-governmental health care providers, and individual health practitioners. Uganda uses devolved bodies embracing facilities in 112 local government institutions, 22 municipalities, 181 counties, 1,382 sub-counties, and 7,241 parishes.
The government gives funding to the health sector. By and large, financial health expenditure has deteriorated to about 15% over the years. Uganda is exceptionally reliant on external financing, which is about 45% of total health spending, so there is an issue of sustainable development.
Global Health Initiatives in Uganda
Since 2000, Uganda has supported their health structures by using the Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) to solidify international collaborations and initiatives. In 2010, the country signed the global five-year International Health Partnerships in 2010 to make the best use of aid under the Accra Agenda for Action and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
Uganda’s health financial statements for 2010/11 and 2011/12, reveal that public monies account for 15.3% of the aggregate health costs, private funds (38.4%), and donors, international partners, NGOs (46.3%). They are also beneficiaries of international endeavors like the Central Emergency Response Fund for humanitarian assistance, GFATM, the GAVI Alliance, and other funding structures.
Issues that Need Deliberate Efforts
Sponsor health security for all people
- Health financing and improving rapid response to health emergencies.
- Strengthen their health system for active, equitable, and quality health service delivery, focusing on patient care and safety.
- Support health services delivery.
- Improve access to quality medicines and health technologies.
- Strengthen laboratory diagnostic capacities.
Improve health facilities for infectious diseases
- Treatment, care, prevention of malaria, hepatitis, HIV, and tuberculosis.
Help support initiatives addressing neonatal, reproductive, adolescent, child, maternal health.
- Backing efforts to reduce indoor air pollution, expand environmental hygiene and quality of drinking water.
- Support implementation of a national action plan against malnutrition.
- Support child, infants, and maternal feeding programs.
- Support the advocacy for promoting the use of breast-milk.
What You Can Do
There are many non-governmental organizations devoted to assisting people in Uganda. Likewise, there are some institutions whose job is to help people decide how best they can support people far away.
Ugandan families and societies labor to access primary healthcare, while avoidable sicknesses have a significant effect on health. Now there is an inflow of refugees escaping hunger, and famine is intensifying Uganda’s challenges.
If you have medical skills, you can volunteer to back an assortment of groups working in Uganda.
Here are some organizations you can support
- Global Crossroad
- Go Abroad
- Help International (Go Overseas)
- Volunteering Solutions Uganda
- International Medical Aid Uganda
- Eli Abroad
Aid Donation Openings
- One More Child Uganda
- Global Giving
- Global Giving Projects
- Save the Children
- Water Aid Uganda
- Medical Teams International Uganda
If there aren’t any opportunities that interest you above, don’t give up, search for other areas you can support in Uganda. You can help people in Uganda too. Use this guide to take charge. Be knowledgeable, become engaged, and resolve that aiding persons is an essential step you need to undertake. Help Uganda.