Health Ministry Launches Family Health Days Initiative


malady geneva;”>The Family Health Days are an accelerated approach to health service delivery by the Government of Uganda to reduce on child and maternal mortality in the country.

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These Family Health Days will include activities like immunising children, providing antenatal and post care services to pregnant mothers and de-worming of children.

“As you may realise, the maternal mortality rate at 438 per 100,000 live births and child mortality at 90 per 1,000 as per the Uganda Demographic Health survey (UDHS) 2011 are still high,” said Opendi.

She said the health sector has made tremendous strides in improving the health of Ugandans and particularly the children through the Child Days Plus which are conducted in April and October every year.

This new concept of Family Health Days focuses on families starting with the mother, the elderly and the children.

Opendi said that these Family Health Days are being introduced after realising that despite considerable progress made towards improvements in Child and Maternal Health, MDGs 4 and 5 which aim at reducing under-five mortality by two thirds and reduction of maternal mortality by three quarters between the years 1990 and 2015 may not be achieved.

The Family Health Days were initiated in July 2012 prioritizing on poorly performing districts in routine immunization coverage in twenty districts.

These districts include, from Acholi sub-region (Amur, Agago, Kitgum, Pader, Nwoya, Gulu, Lamwo), Karamoja region (Kotido, Kaboong, Napak, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Abim) and in Rwenzori Sub-regions are Mubende, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kabarole.

She commended religious organisations and church leaders to take these services closer to the people since they are good mobilizers for social services.

The Family Health Days Initiative utilises Faith-based Organisations to mobilise communities for service uptake as well as offering sites for the outreach activities. Also these services are offered at the churches and mosques on the days of worship.

“With intention to expand the availability and accessibility of health services to all, the MoH and the UNICEF Country Office is supporting districts and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) to deliver a package of health care interventions that promotes reduction of child and maternal mortality, and health check-ups for men,” said Opendi.

She also said that this approach will accelerate the realisation of key performance indicators for health and complement traditional outreaches and facility based services provision.

With support from UNICEF, 58 districts are targeted to be accessed by the year 2013.

These include, Eastern Region; Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, and Napak started in July 2012 while Bududa, Bugiri, Bukedea, Buyende, Iganga, Kamuli, Luuka, Kaberamaido and Namayingo are due for 2013.

In Western Region; Bundibugyo, Kabalore, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo and Ntoroko started in July 2012, and Buhweju, Bulisa, Bushenyi, Kasese, Kibaale, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Mitooma, Ntungamo, Rubirizi, Sheema are for 2013.

In Northern; Agago, Amuru, Kitgum, Pader, Nwoya, Lamwo and Gulu in July 2012, Arua and Yumbe in October 2012 while Alebtong, Apac, Kole, Lira, Nebbi, Otuke and Zombo in 2013.

In Central; Mubende in July 2012, Buikwe, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Lwengo, Mukono, Wakiso, Buvuma, Lyantonde and Kiboga for 2013

She also said that several activities will be offered in Family Health Days like routine and catch-up immunization for various antigens, registration of children below 5 years, Nutritional status assessments where children will be screened for mal-nutrition.

“Will provide Antenatal and postnatal care services, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) for HIV positive infants by collecting Dry Blood Spots (BDS) for children born to HIV positive mothers and are at risk of contracting,” she added on.

Then there will be de-worming of children below 15 years, Vitamin A supplementation for children 6-9 months and breast feeding mothers within two months of post delivery.

Opendi appealed to the local leaders to mobilise communities and the general public in the selected districts to turn up to places of worship in order to receive these services.


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