Health and Development Programs
HPH believes that better health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to socioeconomic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more.
Many factors influence health status and a country's ability to provide quality health services for its people. Ministries of Health are important actors, but so are other government departments, donor organizations, civil society groups and communities themselves. For example: investments in roads can improve access to health services; inflation targets can constrain health spending; and civil service reform can create opportunities - or limits - to hiring more health workers. Poverty creates ill-health because it forces people to live in environments that make them sick, without decent shelter, clean water or adequate sanitation.
HPH's work on 'Health and development' tries to make sense of these complex links. It is concerned with the impact of better health on development and poverty reduction, and conversely, with the impact of development policies on the achievement of health goals. In particular, it aims to build support across government for higher levels of investment in health, and to ensure that health is prioritized within overall economic and development plans. In this context, 'health and development' work supports health policies that respond to the needs of the poorest groups. HPH also works with donors to ensure that access to health is adequate, effective and targeted at priority health problems.
However the Northern Uganda conflict greatly negatively affected the health sector but with continued advocacy for access to quality health service deliveries, HPH hopes that rebuilding this sector with take commitment, community efforts, financial and human resources to effectively address this sector. HIV and AIDS pandemic at 11.9% in the district has affected economic growth worst during the apex of the conflict however among activities that HPH implements include;-
- Project implementation on Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and AIDS Virus (EMTCT) which include Community awareness, Mobilisation and Sensitisation on HIV and AIDS and other epidemics.
- Provision of Care and Support for PHAs at physical, psychological, spiritual and social aspects of human life while employing a comprehensive HIV and AIDS Home Based Care (HBC) approach.
- Provision of low cost housing to the vulnerable (PHAs, PWDs, women, Elderly and OVCs)
- Routine outreach programmes on HIV/AIDS preventive measures and Behavioural change programmes especially in schools, institutions, prisons, police and army barracks.
- Community health education including hygiene, water and sanitation programs by adopting the PHAST, KAP & CLTS approaches.
- maternal and child health also forms a core component of HPH’s health program especially through a philosophy of “No Woman should die with giving birth” and “working with” communities to strengthen safe motherhood and promotion better child health care. nutritional counselling and training for mothers is very key in attaining better health for both mothers and their babies
- HPH continues with the provision of health commodities such as maternity/maama kits for HIV+ pregnant women and child mothers, mosquito nets for malaria prevention, basins and washing soap for hygiene and sanitation management.
The Northern Uganda conflict greatly affected the education sector with thousands of children missing out on opportunities for formal and non-formal education which is key in one’s career path and development and as an investment for better and improved standards of living.
Girls have been worst affected by the conflict and giving them a chance to rebuild their lives through access to formal and non-formal education is a priority for Hope and Peace for Humanity in the areas of education intervention. Education activities include;
- Provision of scholastic educational material, school fees and text books for conflict affected girls at secondary and primary school levels.
- Provision of career guidance counselling and mentorship programmes and as well as social entrepreneurship skills development training for secondary school girls and boys.
- Provision of life skill trainings to in-school and out-of-school youths
- Increase gender mainstreaming roles and education for OVC and Promote housing construction to extremely vulnerable individuals (child headed households, disabled persons, grandmother caretakers of children and children with disability).
- Formation and support of educational clubs to enhance performance levels in schools
- Community and school visits of conflict affected girls/OVC beneficiaries including organising education exchange learning visits for students and teachers
- training of teachers and school management committees in education quality assurances and monitoring including modern management skills and leadership development
- Library and class constructions in rural schools to increase enrolment and academic performance of students
Livelihood & Food Security Program
Community livelihoods have been shattered during the conflict with increased poverty levels as a result of lack of access to socioeconomic activities. Rebuilding this sector requires commitment and financial resource for communities to acquire skills, tools and seeds needed to revamp their livelihoods. HPH in its program among others has the following activities;
- Capacity building and training programmes for the vulnerable on agricultural production (food security), Income Generating Activities (IGAs) for economic empowerment.
- Provision of agricultural tools and seeds to most marginalized persons such as women, OVCs, EVIs, PHAs persons with disability etc.
- Conducting market research and creating market linkages and price negotiations for beneficiary products
- Supportive counselling, (clients), guidance and counselling (OVCs).
- Advocacy on culturally acceptable norms on Human rights and SGBV and PLWHAs.
- Provision of trainings in farming as a business and Start and improve your business (SIYB) programmes
Justice and Peace Building
The turbulent history of Uganda particularly Northern region provides the major basis for the development of the Justice and Peace Building program. The culture of violence that has resulted from such reality has generated the urgent need for concerted peace education in communities and institutions in order to create a culture of peace and greater appreciation for peaceful conflict resolution, human rights, democracy and good governance.
For Hope and Peace for Humanity; the justice and peace building program is an initiative that became meaningful only when it is rooted in the philosophy of “working with” especially the social setting of the communities. HPH strives to multiply and empower local peace builders to work towards attaining a just, peaceful, united and prosperous community development.
- Promotion of peace building activities in Northern Uganda beginning with an individual, to family, community and nation as a whole.
- Community mobilization, sensitization and awareness creation on peaceful coexistence in particular to discourage the feelings of revenge amongst the population in Northern Uganda.
- Promotion of human rights through advocacy.
- IEC/BCC material development & dissemination.
- Cultural & institutional trainings on peace & conflict mediations.
- Formation of youth peace clubs in schools & colleges, child/human rights advocacies.
- Formation and support of child rights and debating clubs in primary and secondary schools.
- Promote increased peace building & conflict mediation/management using the culturally acceptable structures.
This programme is aimed at:
- Strengthening management and internal policies, networking, coordination and supervision
- Improving capacity of human resources of HPH (Staffs, Volunteers and Board)
Research and Development
As an organisation with an eye for a brighter future, HPH is taking keen interest in research work which we believe informs our development trends. This shall help us;
- Adequately understand the root causes of issues in communities
- Identify the unmet community development gaps and service needs
- Evaluate effectiveness of existing programmes visa-vie alternative solutions
- Take stock of major development trends and changes in the communities
- and provide research based policy recommendations while engaging development partners, government stakeholders etc.
Volunteers play significant roles in development programmes thus HPH promotes community volunteerism through skills and experience sharing. Students from learning institutions and those with professional qualifications across the globe are given opportunities to take leading roles in community development works. This also applies to community stakeholders to take part in community work that equips them with practical skills for sustainable socioeconomic development. International volunteers are also encouraged to come and empower minds and hearts to change the community they will choose to work with. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Through volunteerism Hope and Peace for Humanity looks to foster a sense of solidarity by encouraging people across society to bring about positive change in their global and local communities. Founded on the idea of solidarity, HPH volunteer programme that transcend geographical, cultural and professional boundaries, instead uniting people through common purpose to alleviate the scourge of human suffering. Volunteering is about giving up your time, contributing your skills and standing in solidarity with others. It empowers all people, young or old to participate in efforts to make a lasting, positive change to society.
Volunteers are valuable human resources to Hope and Peace for Humanity that always directly contributes to the achievement of the organisation’s mission. HPH motivates and supports its volunteers through the personal approach (understanding them, recognition, equal access, giving back, thanking and rewarding but above all making them feel at home. Group and peer support, support through training and participation and professional development etc.