The program is being tasked with enhancing communication and information sharing with the AGHA stakeholders. This is being done through sieving information and packaging it for use, supporting program areas such as networking and advocacy to produce relevant health rights information for their use. In addition the program is currently supporting AGHA stakeholders to be able to generate human rights information for program improvement. This has been done through establishing an online resource base/library, functional website, e-forums, run a bi-annual newsletter, provide technical support for example standardized tools for health rights information gathering and sharing and support programs in producing materials for media campaigns.
Monitoring Resource Use: AGHA developed a tool to annually monitor the use of health resources at the national and district level. The aim is to collect/gather credible data and evidence that can be used to promote transparency and accountability in the health sector as well as to promote civil society participation in health sector management.
Using Evidence based Advocacy: AGHA published various research reports on access to medicines, CSO involvement in planning and budgeting, and access to health services by sexual minorities in Uganda. AGHA has also translated the patients’ charter into two local languages (Ateso and Luganda), published the CSOs shadow report on the performance of the health sector, the CSOs policy brief and AGHA annual report annually, AGHA also shares media updates with partners on a daily basis and uses social media to share information on health related issues. The fore mentioned publications have been used as advocacy tools at both the national and district level in Uganda.
CURRENT PROJECTS UNDER THIS PROGRAM
- Transparency and Accountability Program (TAP):
With support from Results for Development under the Transparency and accountability program (TAP) in 2012 AGHA is carrying out a project to assess the performance of health facilities in Pallisa and Budaka with the aim of reducing maternal mortality. The project is research based using citizen’s Report Card tool to assess the experience of the service users in the target facilities in the project area to identify causal factors to maternal death and hold duty bearers accountable.
A Research Assistant Interviewing one of the Service Beneficiaries in Budaka District: July/2012
The assessment targets maternal healthcare services offered in health centres and maternity wards of district hospitals. The assessment seeks perceptions from women who have received these services from health facilities. The assessment will establish maternal health care services offered to understand underlying causes of maternal and infant deaths.
One of the health personnel Interviewed on Duty in Pallisa District: July/2012 .
The assessment will not only contribute to promoting social accountability but also empower beneficiaries and providers to play their roles more efficiently to improve maternal health care services. The assessment will finally generate an agenda for advocacy at different levels of government to ultimately improve maternal and sexual reproductive health.