With the monthly support from ToroDev in partnership with SIDA, advocacy forums have been able to receive facilitation to help them carry their activities like monitoring services, holding meetings and mobilizing members to attend the forum meetings to plan and exchange ideas.
The advocacy forum has been in the past month of July monitoring three (3) health centres in Rwentuha sub count, Kyegegwa district. Rwentuha sub county has 3 health centres; 1 health centre 111(Kazinga) & 2 health centre 11s (Migamba & Ruhangire). In the 2015/16 budget allocations, the health sector was allocated only 150.000/= & priority went to education, roads & production sectors.
The fact that there are issues at Kazinga health centre 111 like; lack of a senior clinical officer, lack of lighting system, lack of immunisation outreaches, no water services, no active health unit management committee,etc .
On 18th August 2015 with support from ToroDev, the forum held a dialogue meeting at Rwentuha sub county headquarters to discuss on how the health centres in the sub county can be allocated with enough funds in the next financial year 2016/201 7 to be able to handle the high increase rate of HIV Patients in the sub county, because in Kazinga HC III serves 40 -60 patients daily there was lack of enough staff which need quick intervention.
Hon Jolly T the district councillor giving opening remarks during community dialogue meeting at Rwentuha Sub County headquarters “
“The health sector was not allocated enough funds during the last financial year but as leaders we shall lobby to see that in the 2016/17 sub county budget, the sub county council should give the bigger share of funds to health sector we shall work hand in hand with the council, the forum leaders to see that the councillors write to the district health officer (DHO) and ask for a senior clinical officer and a nursing officer to work at the Kazinga health centre 111”. Said Hon Jolly T the district councillor Kyegegwa district.
Hon Jolly added we shall work hand in hand with the sub county to allocate funds for fuel that will help to conduct immunisation outreaches and Kazinga health centre 111 and also to plan on how to put up gravity water scheme near by the health centre.
The dialogue meeting was attended by sub county district councillors, Nderema forum members, Sub county health workers and some community members from Rwentuha Sub County.
“An action plan was set by the leaders present and people responsible to follow the activities were selected to rectify the health situation in the sub county at least by March 2016 something targetable should be seen on ground”. Said Ndahura Phenehance the leader of the forum.
Discussions during community dialogue meeting at Rwentuha Sub County and in Purple shirt John Bosco Tumusiime, youth representative, Nderema Grand Association.
Mr Ndahura added as a forum we are grateful to ToroDev for the monthly support given to us which has helped the leaders of the forum to reach on ground and hold meetings with different leaders to lobby for improved service delivery in all sectors.