universal health coverage (UHC)
Universal health coverage (UHC) means Every person no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have should be able to access quality health services without suffering financial hardship. On 12 December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC).
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is Target 3.8 in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is rooted in human rights. Everyone is entitled to the health care they need this means that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care as a right and as an essential priority for international development without facing financing hardship.
Foundation for Integrated Rural Development is a CSO representative and alternate on the UHC2030 steering committee. As a member of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) which represents the civil society constituency in UHC2030, FIRD’s aim is to build strong CSO voices and contribute significantly to take forward the UHC2030 mandate from the grassroots to ensure that systematic attention is paid to the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations at the grassroots and hard to reach communities of post conflict Northern Uganda so that ‘no one is left behind’. Our Objective as the CSEM alternates is to influence policy design and implementation and facilitate citizen-led accountability from the grassroots level and ensure that young people’s health is prioritized and are involved in all the processes related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Scaling-up the fight against HIV/AIDS
Recent estimates suggest that the annual number of new HIV infections increased by 11.4% from 115,775 in 2007/08 to 128,980 in 2010/11 (UAC 2011). And there are an estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in Uganda, which includes 150,000 children, 64,000 people estimated to have died from AIDS and 1.2 million children have been orphaned by Uganda’s devastating epidemic.
Uganda is often held up as a model for Africa in the fight against HIV and AIDS and FIRD’s interventions seek to build into the government’s vision and goals by strengthening the fight against HIV/AIDS through behavioral change programs among women, men, youths, Persons Living with HIV/AIDS.