Francis Omaswa, ACHEST Director of Special Projects and Resource Mobilization Participates at Ministry of Health and Community Health Partners Retreat in Kalangala, Uganda
The Director Special Projects and Resource Mobilization at ACHEST, Prof Francis Omaswa, was the Keynote speaker at retreat organized by the Ministry of Health for all the partners in the community health space in Uganda that took place on October 3rd to 7th 2022 in Kalangala, District under the theme “ADVANCING REALIGNMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS IN UGANDA”. Prof. Omaswa emphasized that in order to achieve alignment it was essential for Government and Partners to operate under the “Three Ones” namely: One Work Plan, One Implementation Plan and One Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. Implementation should be led by the country while Resources can come from multiple sources and monitoring is undertaken jointly.
There was unanimity in the meeting that strong community health systems which are people centered and led working with community health workers (CHWs) have enormous potential to achieve UHC with available resources.
In his message, Prof. Omaswa talked about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.