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.