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Joint M&E of MHP in Sheema


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency  entered into a formal agreement with VHR in support of a project titled "Improving Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health through the Rights Based Approach among Rural Communities in Uganda (MHP).

Voices for Health Rights (VHR) is a civil society coalition advocating for the promotion of the right to health and is implementing an advocacy project employing the Rights Based Approach in partnership with SIDA.

VHR maternal health advocacy program aims at contributing to the realization of MDG 5 through community empowerment, promoting access and utilization of maternal, sexual and reproductive health services among rural communities in 21 sub counties in 8 districts in Uganda namely; Hoima, Mityana, Mubende, Sheema, Oyam, Nwoya, Mayuge and Soroti. The project targets adults in the reproductive age group of 15 -49.

ESAU being a full member of the VHR Coalition,was among the 11 out of 14 member organisations that were recomended to implement the Maternal Health project.ESAU implements this project in the districts of of Soroti and Sheema in the subcounties of Tubur and Shuuku respectively.


In Sheema District, there are 3 implementing partners; namely, ESAU, UNHCO and RHU implementing this project in the Subcounties of Shuuku, Kitagata and Kigarama respectively.  On Sunday 26th May 2013, all the directors of these organisations, their respective project officers and the MHP Secretariat visited Sheema District for a joint support supervision and M&E. The visit that targeted the 3 Subcounties of Shuuku, Kitagata and Kigarama.

The joint visits involved meetings with HUMC members at the sub county level, district health team, health workers, Subcouty representatives and the community members.

The team begun with a courtesy calls at the district on Monday 27th, to announce their presence and share with the district the purpose of the visit. Later in the afternoon, the team travelled to Kigarama, held focus group discussions with the community, HUMCs, health workers and the 20 MHP community advocates and later conducted community dialogues to identify factors of concern at the health centre. Participants were taken through epilepsy management, causes, first aid and medications.

On Tuesday 28, the team went to Shuuku in the morning, and conducted similar activities like the ones in Kigarama. They later went to Kitagata and did the same. The day was concluded with a feedback meeting among the partners and this was done from Kitagata. It aimed at sharing and comparing notes of the previous and current days. This session also helped the team to come up with ideas that were used to draft a report which was shared with the district on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the team conducted a district feedback meeting with Sheema District officials from different departments. The purpose was to report on what partners have been working on and update the district on the progress of the MHP project. Findings of the two days M&E visit were also shared with the district.

The team returned to Kampala later in the afternoon of Wednesday.