Govt Advised to Invest in Community Health Workers for Quality Health Care

Alfred Wise (L) Country Director Living Goods, and Jesca Nsungwa (2R), Commissioner Child Health, Ministry of Health pose for a photo with Living Goods officials during the Randomised Control Trial release findings on under five mortality rate.

Stakeholders in the delivery of health care services have advised government to invest more in community health extension workers if it is to achieve quality and effective services.

They propose that incentives like allowances should be awarded to these individuals who supplement efforts by health services by conducting house to house outreaches.

The appeal was made Friday during a workshop that sought to discuss best practices in the model of community health workers held at Golf Course Hotel.

In Uganda, viagra dosage private organizations like Living Good and BRAC have adopted a business module where they recruit, train, equip, and manage Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who go door-to-door educating families on key health behaviors and distributing impactful and affordable products.

Within the 15 districts where this approach has been applied, 27% and 33% reduction in under 5 mortality and infant mortality has been registered respectively.

“Uganda has the highest mortality rate in Africa. In order to reduce this incidence, there must be effective community health service delivery by investing in extension workers,” said Alfred Wise the Country Director Living Goods Uganda.

“For these community workers to do a good job, they require rewards to motivate them and ensure good performance,” he added.

Living Goods teams have also trained in using innovations like mobile Apps to relay real time health related information from the field to health facilities.

Paul Kaggwa the Assistant Commissioner for Health Promotion in the Ministry of Health noted that; “Government should draw lessons from the model being used by Living Goods by partnering with NGOs and CSOs who already have expertise in this area. The role of government would be to make supporting policies and providing resources.”

Jessica Nsungwa Sabiti the Assistant Commissioner Child Health at the Ministry of Health however revealed that government will soon start paying a monthly salary to at least two community health extension workers.

“Currently, each district has community health workers but unfortunately they are not in every village. We no longer have a choice but to invest more in sustaining their work,” she said.


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