Strategic Priority 2

Community Health Education on NCDs

One of the most promising and low-cost approaches for reducing communicable and non-communicable diseases is Community Health Education. It reaches beyond the walls of clinics and hospitals to partner with communities and first base carers to provide basic health services to vulnerable populations like older persons. Chronic health conditions including diabetes, depression, hypertension, and poor vision are common among many older persons in Uganda (Scholten et al. 2011).  Nearly 80% of deaths from non-communicable diseases occur in low and middle income countries (Ong and Evans 2014). In Uganda today these chronic illnesses have greatly affected the productivity and lifestyle of the older middle generation and older persons. Lifestyle choices have made us prone to NCDs and at HENU we find that a community led approach to battling these diseases is the best way to go. We have therefore developed the following objectives in line with NCD prevention and management.

Objectives How
Empower the community to take charge of their health Sensitization of older persons about sanitation and prevention of communicable diseases that come out of poor hygiene for example dysentery, diarrhea, typhoid, cholera among others

Training Community leaders/VHTs  in basic community-based primary health care skills for older persons

Health drives and competitions in waste management and home sanitation

Promote behavior changes such as hand washing after the use of the toilet, smoking and use of antiseptic, regular cleaning to improve sanitation conditions in the household.

Investigate opportunities to expand the research capacity of Community Health Investigate opportunities to collaborate with research institutions on Community Health research
Engage and involve stakeholders in the development of Community Health plans and initiatives Investigate opportunities to improve older persons participation in Community Health

Encourage formation of Community Health  committees to follow up on patients, pay social visits and encourage adherence to medication

Develop and distribute printed material regarding Community Health facilities and services which is culturally appropriate and available in community languages

Strategic Priority 3

Contribute to the National HIV/AIDS response through VCT and Capacity-Building of Individuals, Institutions and Communities

Uganda, like many developing countries, still has not yet attained a human resource force that is well skilled to effectively support the implementation of the HIV/AIDS NSP. Well trained and skilled service providers will be a vital ingredient in achieving the National Strategic Plan.

HENU will carry out the following activities to develop the competencies of the public to offer quality services. We shall continue to conduct the existing courses including HIV/AIDS Counselling, Fire Fighting, First Aid and Reproductive Health. We intend to work closely with Ministries of Health and Education to standardize training materials and develop appropriate curricula of various courses. HENU will also conduct other tailored courses to address specific identified knowledge/skills gaps.

In order to be able to implement these courses, HENU will strengthen linkages with other training partners in Uganda, Sub-Saharan Africa and globally to ensure that we have a skill set that is equipped and experienced to transfer the required knowledge to the team.

Objectives How
To develop the competencies of service providers intending or/engaged in the above mentioned areas Conduct Training Needs Assessment [TNA] for various cadres.

Conduct HIV/AIDS Counselling courses for older persons and other community members.

Conduct First Aid courses.

Conduct Fire Fighting course in conjunction with Uganda Police.

Conduct Reproductive Health course for the Youth in schools

Conduct tailored courses based on specific needs of the  older persons and other interested parties.

Develop applications process to facilitate placements based on expressed need.

To empower communities using Community Life Competence Process Design tools and train community members for the implementation of the  Community Life Competence Process.

Equip staff/Volunteers with the skills required to deliver Community Life Competence.