|Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health||
The government of Uganda is committed to ensuring access of all people to high quality health care services as granted in the constitution of Uganda.
Community monitoring is also enshrined in the constitution 1995; Article 38. This guarantees the sovereignty of citizens of Uganda in the governance of the country particularly showing how central the citizen’s power is in governance and management of public affairs of the country. Although the previous steps are important, there are serious limitations in relation to access to information, multi party politics, high levels of illiteracy and citizens’ awareness of their rights.
For the last ten years, UNHCO in the districts of Masaka, Oyam, Nakaseke, Bushenyi, Luweero, Iganga, Dokolo, Apac and Mubende. The community monitoring projects works from the the village level through to the district level.
UNHCO represents civil society at different committees in the ministry of health, including the Health Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC), Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria Fund, Public Private Partnership in Health (PPPH). UNHCO has been selected to lead the Health Thematic Working Group of the Civil Society Accountability Platform – a civil society platform that was formulated to provide a reflection space for CSOs engaged in accountability work in order to strengthen synergy and accountability; UNHCO also spearheaded the development of the Patients’ Charter, whose objective is to provide a policy and legal framework for empowerment of health consumers, enabling them to demand for high quality health care and promote accountability in the health sector.
Area of Work