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Health for All: Uganda’s Cabinet approves the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill 2019

By Dr. Diana Nambatya Nsubuga, Deputy Country Director, Living Goods Uganda On June 24, 2019, the Cabinet of Uganda approved the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Bill 2019, achieving an important milestone in delivering health for all. The approval is a significant accomplishment as discussions around the bill started in 2002, 17 years ago: “Seventeen […]

Raising My Voice for Community Health at the World Health Assembly

Rita Nakakande, Community Health Worker, Uganda In my community in Uganda, childhood disease is a big problem. It is a problem I used to come face-to-face with every week at my church where I would continuously see child after child come in malnourished and sick. Witnessing this, I knew I had to do something, anything […]

Women Deliver 2019: #ThePowerOf Community Health Workers

Emilie Chambert, Country Director, Uganda Ruth Ngechu, Deputy County Director, Kenya Sarah Lindsay, Global Advocacy Manager Last week, we joined more than 8,000 leaders, advocates, implementers, and journalists from 165 countries in Vancouver, Canada for the 2019 Women Deliver conference. The conference, held every three years, is the world’s largest meeting on the health, rights […]

Living Goods Statement on the Adoption of the Community Health Worker Guidelines

May 24, 2019: Living Goods applauds the historic approval of the Community Health Worker Guidelines at the World Health Assembly, which were just passed as part of a resolution acknowledging the critical contributions community health workers (CHWs) make in enabling the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC), responding to health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations. […]

The Community Health Workers Registry: An effective tool in strengthening connectivity at the district and national level!

By Michael Rusoke, Government Relations and Advocacy Coordinator The use of community health workers (CHWs)—community members who render primary health services to their neighbors—is a proven key strategy in addressing the growing shortage of overall health workers, particularly in low-income countries like Uganda. Although the CHW concept has been around for 50 years, in Uganda, […]

Community Health Workers: Effective teamwork brings us one step closer to health for all!

Dr. Diana Nambatya Nsubuga, Uganda Deputy Country Director, Community Health Partnerships  This post first appeared on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition’s blog.   When a mother brought her one-month-old baby son to Margaret, a community health worker (CHW) in Uganda, Margaret was instantly concerned. As a CHW, Margaret is trained to diagnose and treat common […]

This World Health Worker Week, Let’s Celebrate Community Health Workers

This World Health Worker Week, Living Goods is celebrating the accomplishments of community health workers (CHWs) around the world! An essential part of the primary health care system, CHWs are often the unsung heroes delivering health services to the most hard-to-reach communities. By bringing quality care to a family’s doorstep, CHWs save lives, contain health […]

Building Momentum toward UHC at AHAIC

Stephen Odindo and Howard Akimala In early March, more than 1,500 health stakeholders from around Africa met in Kigali, Rwanda for the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC), the largest health-related conference in the continent. With a theme of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030, Rwanda was the natural host for the conference. The […]

Building Political Will: Living Goods Hosts Field Visits for Parliamentarians in Uganda

Dr. Diana Nambatya Nsubuga, Uganda Deputy Country Director, Community Health Partnerships With 72% of Uganda’s population living far from health centers, bringing health care to the doorsteps of families through strong community health programs is vital to improving the country’s health outcomes. Leaders in Uganda’s health and political sectors have long recognized this, in 2001 […]

Community Health: A Win-Win for Women

Emilie Chambert, Country Director, Living Goods Uganda Before 2018, Reginah Nassolo would often ask her adult children for health assistance. But, since becoming a community health worker (CHW) in Uganda’s Lowero district in February of 2018, her children have been calling on her instead, so that she can provide health care to her grandchildren. Supported […]