The project will help Rural Aid Foundation to launch a Community health workers fellowship program that will deploy an initial 10 health workers in 10 Rural Uganda government health center facilities to provide health care services to 10,000 vulnerable rural persons in over 15000 villages in Uganda. This project will solve the challenge of shortage of health workers in Rural health facilities by recruiting, training and deploying fresh graduate health professionals in rural health facilities.
The number of health workers per 1,000 population in Uganda is still far below the WHO threshold of 2.5 medical staff (doctors, nurses and midwives) per 1,000 population. In 2017/18 FY the doctors, nurses and midwives ration per 1,000 population was only 0.4 compared to the WHO recommendation of 2.5. This has resulted into limited access to quality health care services by rural communities in Uganda because health the few health workers can not handle the large patient numbers.
The project will recruit, train and deploy health workers to work in rural government health facilities to provide health care service to rural communities. They will work along side the few government recruited health workers to close the health human resources gaps in rural government health facilities. These will be trained in health leadership, professional skills, communication skills, counseling, patient management, patient and health workers rights.
Increased access to quality health care services by rural communities, strengthened health workforce and improved health outcomes for Universal health Coverage in Uganda