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Empowering Village Health Teams: Over 250 bicycles distributed

The Maternal Health Project Phase two (MHP): Uganda National Health Consumers Organisation (UNHCO) and her partners from the Voices for Health Rights (VHR) have since Tuesday August 11th 2015 distributed over 250 bicycles to Village Health Teams (VHTs). The VHR coalition Implementing partners are launching the MHP phase two in eight districts in Uganda. As many as 393 bicycles will be distributed by the end of August to support the VHTs to conduct their roles.

Naiga, one of the VHTs at Kiganda sub-county Mubende district, said, “With the support of this bicycle I will be able to reach many households, mothers, men and care givers of maternal care in my area. I thank the project for thinking about giving us these bicycles. Surely we are going to save our mothers and babies.”

The Maternal Health Project

Chairman Kiganda Sub-county Mubende district hands over project bicycle to the best performing VHT Naiga

She said the bicycle will enable her cross from one home to another easily and as frequently as necessary. “It will help me and others move in the villages conveniently.” She said, they may even be able to carry some of the mothers in need of urgent care to health centers.

VHTs from Maanyi, Ssekayonyi Mityana district, Kiganda, Nalutuntu, Myanzi Mubende district, Kiziranfumbi, Kabwoya Hoima district, Alero, Kochgoma Nwoya district, Minakulu, Myene, Acaba and Aber, Oyam district have so far each received a brand new bicycle courtsey of the Maternal Health Project. The VHTs and their sub-county chairpersons, who handed over the bicycles, said they were very excited.

Mzee reveals his joy in a very warm smile as he recives hi bicycle at the sub-county Offices in Kiziranfumbi Hoima district

Mzee reveals his joy in a very warm smile as he receives his bicycle at the sub-county Offices in Kiziranfumbi Hoima district

One mzee as he is fondly referred to by others could not hide his excitement. “I don’t know how to thank UNHCO. Today I receive my first brandy new bicycle, I always ride old bicycles even to do my job as a VHT,” he said. He said riding the bicycle will enable him perform better and to help more people in the community. “It is really a good gesture.”

The Maternal health project phase two will be implemented for four years in Oyam, Mityana, Sheema, Soroti, Hoima, Mubende, Mayuge, and Nwoya. The goal of the project is; to contribute to the reduction of Maternal and Newborn mortality in Uganda. The goal will be achieved by implementing activities at National, District, Community and household level. The VHTs are expected: (1) To support both the communities and duty bearers to improve Maternal, Sexual, Reproductive and Newborn Health through a Rights based approach among rural communities in Uganda, (2) To contribute to the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality in Uganda and (3) To improve demand and utilization of maternal, sexual, reproductive and newborn child and adolescent health services at community level through the rights-based approach.

For more information please contact UNHCO: info@unhco.or.ug

Moses Kirigwajjo a Programme Officer from UNHCO shares the joy with the VHTs under his supervision.

Moses Kirigwajjo a Programme Officer from UNHCO shares the joy with the VHTs under his supervision.
A VHT excited by the bicycle

A VHT excited by the bicycle

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