Nama Wellness with support from Ministry of Health-Uganda, Community Health Impact Coalition (CHIC) and Stanford Centre for Health Education launched the CHW advocacy training in Uganda on 15th/September/2023. This was during a breakfast meeting organized by Nama Wellness at Fairway Boutique Hotel in Kampala.
The purpose of this launch was to raise awareness about the course and to encourage all organization working with Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Uganda to support them in ensuring that they enroll to this course and complete it. At the end of the course, the CHW will be awarded with a certificate of completion.
The breakfast meeting was officiated by Dr. Richard Kabanda, the Commissioner Health Promotion, Education and Communication at Ministry of Health-Uganda who assured the guests that the CHW advocacy training course will be incorporated into the National CHW training curriculum and all CHWs in that will be trained in the forthcoming VHT revitalization will have a chance of being trained. He also added that Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) in Mayuge and Lira underwent this advocacy training as Ministry of Health-Uganda was training CHEWs last year.
This breakfast meeting clearly showed that CHWs need to be engaged in all activities at all levels since the slogan for the CHWs is “Nothing for CHWs without CHWs” as CHWs hosted/moderated all activities on the program which included a Panel discussion among others.
Organizations represented included: Nama Wellness, Community Health Impact Coalition, Stanford Centre for Health Education, Living Goods Uganda, Mothers 2 Mothers, Kabubbu Development project, Healthy Entrepreneurs, Health Access Connect, BRAC Uganda, ACCESS Uganda, St. Francis Health Care services and representatives from Mukono district local government (District Health Officer, Nama Sub county chairperson and Senior Administrative Secretary).
The Executive Director Nama Wellness, Ms. Pauline Picho appreciated all organizations that showed up and encouraged them to continue supporting CHWs and building their capacity to deliver health services in the community in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
The CHW advocacy training course can be accessed online using: www.chwadvocates.app and in-class using the Student guide.