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Bikes for Better Health in Uganda
In Uganda, Village Health Teams (VHTs) play an important role in delivering basic health services to rural households. Each VHT is responsible for working in 60-120 villages, depending on the population size and magnitude of the health gaps of the area.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) implemented the VHT strategy to ensure that every village in Uganda has village health team members who work together to mobilize individuals and households for better health. VHT members are community volunteers recruited, trained, and engaged through the MOH’s national guidelines who provide accurate health information, mobilize community members, and provide linkages to health services.
To help the VHTs travel more easily and support and improve the connections between health care providers and community members, URC’s USAID-funded RHITES-EC Project has donated nearly 1,000 bicycles to villages in East Central Uganda. Often isolated from reliable forms of public transportation, the bicycles will facilitate these connections and improve access to care.
USAID RHITES-EC supports the Ugandan MOH to improve health outcomes by increasing the utilization of high-quality health care services in 11 districts in East Central Uganda. The five-year project (2016-2021) focuses on promoting positive health-seeking practices, mobilizing communities to participate in integrated health services, and ensuring patient follow-up. Areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, maternal, newborn, and child health, reproductive health, family planning, nutrition, and water and sanitation.
November 03, 2017