Civil society organisations in Uganda secure closer involvement with UHC implementation

Civil society organisations in Uganda secure closer involvement with UHC implementation

At the start of February, civil society organisations in Uganda successfully lobbied for closer involvement in the implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Gracias Atwiine, PITCH country focal point, organised a meeting with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Ugandan Ministry of Health and civil society representatives to discuss ways to involve civil society in the roadmap to UHC in Uganda. “To receive such a commitment is a big step forward to ensure UHC in Uganda leaves no one behind. We are looking forward to reviewing the UHC draft roadmap.”

“Looking back on this meeting, I am happy to say that our implementing partners now better understand and appreciate the impact of UHC on their daily work. Both WHO officials and those of the Ministry of Health have promised us more engagement with civil society to ensure the transition to UHC includes all our views and needs. To underline this, I have requested the Ministry of Health to ensure we are invited to technical working group meetings, especially when UHC is discussed.” said Atwiine

The gathering brought together all PITCH implementing partners in Uganda and Julie Bridger, PITCH country coordinator from Frontline AIDS. In addition, the representative from WHO, Mr. Brendan Kwesiga, presented the UHC global outlook while Dr. Shaban Mugerwa from the Ministry of Health presented the UHC Uganda Chapter and shared updates of UHC transition processes in Uganda.

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