Maternal & Neonatal Health
Pregnancy tracking and referral; home visits; neonatal care; postpartum care; recognition of and referral for danger signs; and family planning advice and supplies.
We focus on strengthening the delivery and utilization of the maternal newborn and child health and Family Planning services through improved Community Health systems.
We do this through strengthening the referral systems right from the community to health facilities proceeds to evaluate if a referral lead to a quality service. In response to this, 652 Community Health Workers (CHWs) supported by 250 Facility based health workers were comprehensively oriented and are currently offering quality services to pregnant mothers and newborn and children. RCRA’s CHWs are members of the communities they serve, selected by their own leaders to receive training because of their talent, commitment and ability. These motivated CHWs become professional healthcare providers who work tirelessly to advance their skills and provide high quality care to the communities.
1782 women have been able to access maternal health services such as; family planning, Antenatal, facility based-safe delivery, post-natal checks & access of related services through referrals, malaria screening and treatment in pregnancy.
Over 2400 children have been supported to access immunization against the six killer diseases, growth monitoring, Antiretroviral Therapy treatment and ensuring that all children sleep under Treated mosquito Net to prevent malaria.
Child Health
We coordinate an integrated community case management & treatment for malaria, diarrhea, and acute respiratory infections; anemia screening; malaria bed net distribution & promotion; sanitation; and referral to health centers for danger signs, urgent or severe cases, Mental Health.
Reproductive Health
RCRA runs a reproductive health Program that focuses on women’s health, including prenatal and maternal health and gynecological issues (including screening for breast and cervical cancers). The screening program covers about 1,200 women annually and does screening and counseling for HIV/AIDS and some cancer education in small villages in the region.
We work with the young people, health care systems and respective duty bearers to promote access to and utilization of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health friendly services; this approach continues to strengthen our opportunity to;
Increase access to youth-friendly sexual reproductive health information and services in order to promote healthy sexual behaviors and decision-making among adolescents. We advocate for an improved policy environment for the promotion of adolescent health services at all levels.
Our health education interventions in schools have impacted reproductive health knowledge in over 5800 young people in the Albertine Region.
We promote a Mishmash Prevention Methods to HIV through behaviour change strategies, increasing access to HCT services, referrals for other biomedical services & care and support.
We integrate communication technology to remain HIV/AIDS patients to pick their next batch of drugs in a bid to promote treatment adherence and retention as a measure of prevention.
Community Health & Surveillance
Household mapping and community registration; routine visits to record births, deaths, population movement and vaccine records; and promotion of healthy behavior, including Cholera prevention
Adult Health
HIV, TB, hypertension and other non-communicable diseases; referral for acute illness.
Regional Centre of Excellence;
Our Region is faced with the double burden of both infectious and chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The World Bank (2011) estimated the continued rise of NCDs burden in Africa and about 40% of deaths are more likely to be attributed to NCDs in the next decade. Current disease projections caused by demographic and epidemiologic transitions indicate an increasing prevalence and incidence of obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. There is a mismatch between supply of specialized skills, provision of research and innovation and demand for specialized healthcare services for effective management of such diseases in the region
Unlike in the past Uganda has planned to procure modern cancer treatment equipment from the world’s leading manufacturer of medical equipment. RCRA in a bid to promote access to quality healthcare and information, we are working with the state to establish a patient referral system for easy and timely access to services offered by the Uganda Cancer Institute, prevent and control cancer through early diagnosis and early treatment.
RESEARCH
We promote health research and the use of technology such e-health, mobile technologies and other web-based information systems in disease surveillance and management of disease outbreaks across the region; we support and promote the use of research evidence for policy formulation; In western Uganda, RCRA is working with district health office in strengthening the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB; We are also promoting a harmonized sexual, reproductive, adolescent and child health interventions in the region including mental health.
CHILD PROTECTION
We ameliorate community-led child protection systems and mechanisms to prevent all forms of violence against children. Through this,we are able to strengthen child rights clubs in schools, child protection committees and activists recognized instrumental in advocating for children’s rights in the community including ending child marriages; to build the capability of the community structures to prevent and respond to violence, exploitation and abuse of children; and support victims of violence and abuse to access medical, justice and a continuum of other social services.
ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION
Uganda is located in the East African Plateau, lying mostly between latitudes 4°N and 2°S and longitudes 29° and 35°E. It lies, on average, at about 1100 metres above sea level and slopes steadily downwards to the north. Uganda lies almost completely within the Nile basin. The Victoria Nile drains from the lake into Lake Kyoga, into Lake Albert and then runs northwards into South Sudan. Uganda’s total surface area is about 241,038 KM² of which 197,610 KM² (or 82%) is land, and 18.2% comprises of water bodies and wetlands (NEMA, 2001).
The environment provides essential material assets and an economic base for human endeavor. These natural assets (water, soils, plants and animals, biomass and biodiversity among others) underpin people’s livelihoods. They produce a range of goods and services that yield income, offer safety nets for the poor, maintain public health, and power economic growth. However, poor management of environmental assets, poor control of environmental hazards such as pollution, and inadequate response to environmental challenges such as climate change, threaten development.
The global changing drivers, such as population growth, economic activities and consumption patterns, are increasingly placing pressure on the environment. As a result, there is legitimate concern today about the rise in incidence of environmental problems such as drought, floods, loss of soil fertility, and unsustainable exploitation and incremental destruction of biodiversity. Environment Degradation is undermining development and threatens future development progress. According to NEMA (1995), in spite of Uganda’s high natural resource potential, factors such as population growth, economic reforms, the desire for a steady increase in per capita income and other development processes are putting a severe strain on the ENRs. Environment Degradation has also been linked to human disease health problems including some types of cancers, vector-borne diseases, emerging animal-to-human disease transfer, nutritional deficits and respiratory illnesses.
We are using an integrated approach of population, health and environment to minimize the impact of environmental shocks and stresses
We promote tree planting and climate resilient interventions including prevention of land degradation, conservation of game parks, prevention and management of forest fires and community anti-poaching.
Collaborations with other key partners
RCRA has continued to collaborate with the following networks at National and District levels
3 Universities and 36 Primary and Secondary Schools, non-government organisation; Fort Portal Regional Hospital and 10 Health Centers (serves 7 districts in western Uganda); District Local governments. Religious Leader, Farmers Organisations/ producer cooperatives, Uganda Police force, Media, Women Groups,Child, Child Protection Committees, Child Protection Activists, Village health teams and para-social workers.