Not-for-profitYear launched: 2009
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Malaria and other vector borne diseases
SummaryHealthy Villages provides specialized healthcare options by creating referral networks whereby local Health Centers alert the Uganda Villages Project (UVP) if a patient requires care. UVP then arranges for the patient to receive care at a specialty site.
The program's goal is to improve the provision of healthcare and of preventative health education to underserved populations across the rural Iganga District.
Key program components
Healthy Villages is a grassroots approach to addressing rural healthcare and public health in Uganda. Its goal is to improve the provision of healthcare and of preventative health education to underserved populations across rural Iganga District. Healthy Villages targets the primary health risks of the region at a village-by-village level, in partnership with the District Health Office (DHO) of Iganga, the Sub-County officials, and the local Health Center staff.
The Healthy Villages program works at a village-by-village level to address the most pressing healthcare concerns of each community: malaria, eye care, HIV/STIs, household sanitation and hygiene practices (which includes latrine coverage), and family planning access. The program partners with small Community Based Organizations, larger Non-Governmental Organizations, international and Ugandan interns, volunteers, and government officials ranging from the district to the village level. Activities include:
Creation of Village Health Teams which function as a community’s initial healthcare contact
Provision of preventative education and workshops on healthcare issue such as malaria, hygiene and sanitation, and obstetric fistula
Provision of preventative healthcare options such as STI/HIV testing and family planning
Collaboration with local partners to provide healthcare by creating referral networks whereby VHT focal people and Health Centers alert UVP if a patient requires care beyond local capacity (such as cataract removal, obstetric fistula repair), and UVP coordinates services through camps or at a specialty site
Provision of malaria nets (subsidized by UVP so as to be affordable) to village households, both through direct sales and through setting up supply chains using the VHT
Healthy Villages launched in five ‘pilot’ villages during the summer of 2009 to increase access to basic healthcare for Iganga’s most marginalized rural population. The project networked with local non-governmental organizations, international donors, and all levels of the Ugandan government – from village councils to the Ministry of Health – and will eventually expand to work in a total of 70 chosen villages which are the most underserved villages in Iganga District.
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