AGHA continues to support efforts aimed at strengthening CSO capacities to mainstream human rights issues into their interventions. AGHA also implements capacity support interventions where interns have been placed in service delivery points especially in underserved communities to enable integration of the rights based approaches at that level. AGHA is further strengthen its strategy of training both in-service and pre-service health workers in the rights based approached for improved service delivery. Greater emphasis has been placed on ensuring both the quality and relevance of AGHA rights based approaches. AGHA has defined and promoted the action it takes throughout the capacity development cycle (i.e., from the development of curricula through to addressing the results of M&E) to assure the quality (“Quality Assurance” or “QA”) of capacity building efforts and products. In addition the results of M&E reports on AGHA human rights capacity building interventions have been utilized to continually improve the quality of the products. Periodic Training Needs Assessments (TNA) have been conducted to ensure that AGHA keeps abreast of changing training and capacity development needs among CSOs in Uganda. TNA results have been used to identify new areas of human rights support.

ACHIEVEMENTS

CSOs Capacity Building: AGHA continues to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to meaningfully engage with government partners on health processes within the International Health Partnerships (IHP+) framework in Uganda and contribute to efficiency and effectiveness in health service delivery for instance AGHA trains CSOs in monitoring Health Budget Implementation process.

Working with Health Professionals: (1) AGHA initiated the Students in Equity for Health Care (SEHC); AGHA continues to train the young health professionals during their pre- service and builds there capacity to advocate for improvements in the healthcare system. AGHA is now working to advocate for the inclusion of health and human rights in the curriculum of health professionals in training.  (2) AGHA coordinates the Health Workforce Advocacy Forum (HWAF) Uganda which entails health professional associations, trade unions, individuals and health rights organizations committed to addressing the health workforce crisis in Uganda.

CURRENT PROJECTS UNDER THIS PROGRAM

  • International Health Partnerships and Related initiatives (IHP+):

AGHA with funding support from Oxfam GB is building capacity of NGOs in the health sector through training policy analysis, budget analysis to strengthen their capacity to constructively engage in health policy processes within the International Health Partnership (IHP+) framework in Uganda and hold donors and government accountable so as to improve country health outcomes.

  • Students for Equity in Health Care (SEHC):

AGHA has been working and engaging with health professionals since its formation in 2003. AGHA initiated SEHC as a means of exposing young health professionals during their pre-service training careers to the linkages between health and human rights. SEHC is a students’ advocacy group that was founded in December 2004 by medical students at Makerere University, and it soon expanded to include Mulago paramedical and nursing students. Today, SEHC has grown to over 300 students and includes students from Gulu and Mbarara Universities in northern and western Uganda respectively.

SEHC students offering HIV/AIDS testing and counseling services on the World AIDS Day