Uganda struggles with relatively high levels of morbidity and mortality from preventable causes. Living Goods seeks to change that.
Providing Critical Health Services through our Direct Operations
At least 76 percent of Uganda’s population lives in rural areas and has very poor access to quality health care. Despite significant efforts to improve the health system, the country is still far from the goal of achieving universal health coverage, and the Government of Uganda recognizes the need to design and develop a highly effective, localized health care delivery system. However, extending basic health care services to the entire population remains a challenge—especially given the shortage of health workers.
With only one doctor for every 25,000 people, Uganda falls significantly short of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of one doctor for every 1,000 people. Consequently, the system is stretched, and health facilities are heavily overburdened, drastically reducing both the motivation of health workers and quality of services. In 2001, Uganda introduced community health workers, known as Village Health Teams (VHTs), to reduce the burden at health facilities and increase promotive and preventative health behaviors. While VHTs have contributed to improved health outcomes, 75 percent of the disease burden largely remains due to preventable diseases.
Since 2007, Living Goods has worked closely with Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and district-level local governments to strengthen the health system by recruiting, training, and supporting a network of community health workers (CHWs) who serve as government VHTs to deliver essential, high-quality services. Additionally, Living Goods has provided technical and financial assistance to the MOH and District Health Teams and partners like BRAC. At the end of 2018 we were supporting 3,200 digitally empowered CHWs in 20 districts, while our partner BRAC was supporting 3,850 CHWs in 75 districts.
By providing education and counseling support on nutrition, water and sanitation, the integrated treatment of malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia, family planning, supporting immunization counseling and referrals, and the health of pregnant women and mothers, Living Goods pays special attention to the child’s first 1,000 days of life. This is a unique and critical period that establishes a child’s foundation for optimal health, growth, and mental development. And Living Goods continuously adapts its programming and approaches to drive greater impact.
By 2021, we aim to support and digitally empower at least 13,000 CHWs who will provide health care to more than 10.5 million Ugandans. To make this goal a reality, we work closely with national and district government partners to provide technical assistance and support for community health programming. By providing strategy support, technical expertise in areas such as mobile technology, use of data or performance management analytics, and financing, we enabled more than 5.6 million people in Uganda to live healthier lives in 2018.
Saving Lives in Uganda
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Cumulative annual data as of December 2022
Partnering with government to deliver community health
Beyond our direct operations, Living Goods’ overarching goal is to support the Government of Uganda in developing a sustainable integrated community health system that its Ministry of Health can operate, manage, and fund to ensure the delivery of high-quality community health services.
Living Goods’ community health approach leverages digital health technology to improve supervision, performance, and motivation of CHWs and to, in turn, drive positive health outcomes. We lend our digital health expertise to inform Uganda’s eHealth efforts through the nationally convened eHealth technical working group (TWG) and health information systems TWG. We also support the Ministry’s goal of establishing a functional community health management system.
We support the government through a wide variety of approaches, beyond direct technical assistance and financial support. We actively participate in national TWGs—forums convened by the government for technical public and nonprofit sector officers to contribute to policy processes at the national and district levels—and government advisory committees—critical channels for sharing best practices and providing expertise.
- Supporting the development of the National Community Health Extension Worker Policy. Living Goods supported the MOH to conduct a Regulatory Impact Assessment for the community health extension worker (CHEW) program, a cabinet prerequisite needed prior to the approval of any new policy, bill, or regulation for evidence-based policymaking. We also provided financial and technical assistance to finalize the assessment and supporting documentation for submission to the cabinet.
- Supporting MOH to improve community-level data. Living Goods is supporting the MOH Division of Health Information and Community Health Department to ensure that all the data collected by our supported CHWs is in line with community health priorities. Harmonizing data collection tools reduces the workload of health workers, biostatisticians, and the MOH, and also strengthens evidence-based decision making.
- Launching district dashboards to improve evidence-based decision making. We developed district dashboards and trained local government officials in Mukono and Mayuge districts. The dashboards provide real-time data, showing a graphical representation of the historical and present status of key community health indicators.
- Community results-based financing (RBF) in Kyotera and Masaka. In 2018, with funding from the Deerfield Foundation, we launched a community results-based financing (RBF) scheme in partnership with the Government of Uganda.
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Uganda Country Director
Christine Namayanja joined Living Goods in October 2020 as Uganda Country Director. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership for programs across the country and successfully driving community health impact at scale through improved technology infrastructure, investments in human capital, and partnerships with government, development agencies and communities. Christine is a seasoned leader with more than two decades of experience managing health programs at senior levels, and has significant expertise in strategic leadership, strategic communications, private sector approaches, and innovative health financing mechanisms. A sociologist by background, Christine has a deep commitment to sexual and reproductive health and previously worked with organizations including Abt Associates and Marie Stopes International. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Sciences at Makerere University. Christine is a Rotarian, a mentor and passionate about advancing the empowerment of girls and women- achieve a world where women can reach their full potential.
Director Partnerships, Advocacy and Communications
Amy is responsible for the management and supervision of advocacy and government relations, whilst working closely and collaboratively with the Global Business Development and Communications Heads. Previously, Amy was the Senior Manager, Business Development, since joining Living Goods in January 2021. She brings over 21 years of experience in business development, strategic partnership development, policy and advocacy. Prior to Living Goods, Amy was the Regional Manager, East Africa for VSO, where for five years, she managed and grew the bi/multilateral portfolio. Amy has worked as the Senior External Relations Manager at Marie Stopes Uganda, Programme Manager at African AIDS Vaccine Partnership (AAVP), and Director of Development for CARE USA. Amy has a BA degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, and Non-profit Leadership and Strategic Management certified from SF State University.
Senior Manager Field Operations
Evelyne Kusiima started her career in 2005 with a Ugandan rural credit organization supporting women to acquire small loans for micro-enterprise development. She later served orphans and world’s most vulnerable children at ChildFund International and World Vision. She has over a decade of experience in people management and leading strategies for innovations, marketing, project design and implementation, and more. She holds an MA in Development Studies and a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology, with additional post-graduate certificates in Grant Acquisition and Management, People Management, Finance Management, Child Protection, and Project Planning.
Head of Finance and Administration
Rose joined Living Goods in October 2020 as the Head of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining Living Goods, Rose was working as a Finance Management Specialist for International Conference of Great Lakes Region (ICLR) for five years. In the past, she worked as a Finance and Administration Director of TASO Uganda, Finance and Support Services Director for World Vision Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, and held numerous other senior finance and support services leadership roles. She has extensive experience with multi- and bi-lateral funding, including World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, and AUSAID, to name but a few. Rose is a CPA and holds a Masters in Management Studies. She is passionate about servant leadership and building effective teams that empower leadership with information for strategic decision making.
Senior Manager, HR Business Partner
Juliet is a seasoned HR professional with Living Goods in Uganda. She brings a wealth of experience to her role from previous roles at World Wide Fund for Nature, where she worked as a Country HR Manager; World Vision Uganda as Regional People and Culture Business Partner; and International Rescue Committee, where she worked as a Regional Senior HR and Administration Officer for the Karamoja region. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Management Studies, with a focus on Human Resources Management and Development. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Development from Uganda Management Institute, a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Makerere University and a certificate in Administrative law.
Senior Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy
Hasifa Nalugiya leads engagement with the Ministry of Health and provides technical assistance to drive high-impact community health agendas, policies and efforts at the national level. Hasifa has 15 years of experience providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and engaging in advocacy for community-based programs on gender and reproductive health. Her skills include monitoring and evaluation of programs, proposal development, training and coaching in advocacy, and gender and organizational development. Previously, Hasifa worked at PATH where she led on advocacy and capacity assessments together with the Ministry of Health. She also led on advocacy for 35 civil society organizations (CSOs) under USAID’s “Advocacy for Better Health Project”. Prior to joining PATH, she worked with Reproductive Health Uganda as a Reproductive Health Commodity Security Advocacy Coordinator. In this role, she advocated for reproductive health (RH) supplies and engaged government to increase resource allocation for RH. She also coordinated sub-grants and provided technical assistance to Ministry of Health in developing national strategies. Hasifa has a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and a Bachelor of Arts in Education.
Uganda Technical Advisory Board
Professor Francis Omaswa
Chairperson, Uganda Technical Advisory Board & Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation
Professor Omaswa is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), an independent think tank and network that works to stimulate the growth of African-rooted capacity for leadership and excellence in health. Until May 2008, he was the founding executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA). Prof. Omaswa is a graduate of Makerere Medical School, Uganda, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of He has served as a Director General for Ministry of Health. In his past career, Prof. Omaswa was the Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya. He is also the founding director of the Uganda Heart Institute and founding president of the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa, which covers 12 countries. He has served as founding chairman of the Global Stop TB Partnership board, chair of the portfolio and procurement committee of the Global Fund board, chair of the GAVI Independent Review Committee and a member of the steering committee of the high-level forum on health-related MDGs. Prof. Omaswa is also the current chancellor of Busitema University.
Dr. Olive Sentumbwe
Member, Uganda Technical Advisory Board & Family Health and Population Advisor, World Health Organization
Dr. Ssentumbwe is the Family Health and Population Advisor at the World Health Organisation. She has been a champion of family planning and maternal health throughout her career. She is a renown author of many peer review articles and papers on maternal health. She is an active member of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Dr. Peter Khisa Wakholi
Member, Uganda Technical Advisory Board & Chief Executive Officer, OMNI TECH Limited
Dr. Peter Khisa Wakholi is the CEO of OMNI TECH Ltd. Peter has over 13 years’ experience in the information and communications technology industry, having started as an Information Systems Administrator at DFID Uganda. He then worked as a lecturer at Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT. In addition, he worked as the Assistant Head of the Department of Innovations and Software Development at Makerere University, where he oversaw the successful implementation of a number of projects. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University of Bergen in Norway. His research focused on the use of mobile devices for data collection, with a focus on support for process-related constraints. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from London South Bank University, UK.
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