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Twegatte youth health project

We'll impact at least 200,000 people in Kampala, through youth health networks, social health audits and peace-building health dialogues.

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Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one sentence (required 250 Characters)

Our project will establish: two district youth health networks, i.e, youths network and young women’s youth network; district community health social audits; and, grassroots community health peace-building dialogues on immunization.

Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)

Uganda has a population of about 42,000,000 people, and about 2,000,000 people live in Kampala district, of whom 20% are children below 5 years. Kampala is the capital and largest urban area in the country, with an annual population growth rate of 2% and about 60% of this growth is by immigration. Uganda has a high early childhood mortality (Under-5 Mortality) rate of 64 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016, with Kampala district, although the lowest in the country, at a high infant mortality rate of 54 deaths per 1000 live births. The above problem greatly rests on the fact that Ugandans do not hold their leaders to account on health issues, especially immunization, due to lack of awareness about their rights, violent cultural practices and poverty that has denied citizens good governance and accountability, and access to data, platforms, and technologies, most especially women, girls, children, handicapped persons and minority tribes. This has led to increased health sector, corruption, low budget allocation, low national vaccine coverage, untimely vaccinations and the increasing Njiri or 666 cult followers who promote negative myths about immunization. Our project will, among others, benefit at least 200,000 Kampala residents, and at least 50,000 Kampala youth residents, age 14-30, whose awareness will be raised about immunization and initiatives within the district and country. Our project will establish two nonprofit organizations, i.e, the youth health and young women’s youth health network, that will bring together youths interested in health, age 14-30, from all circles of life, so that they may partner, empower and support one another in Kampala. In addition, we, in partnership with the networks, will also organize Kampala community health social audits and grassroots community health dialogues on immunization within the district, so that communities are informed about immunization initiatives, are called to action and hold government leaders to account.

Which part(s) of the world does this idea target?

  • Eastern Africa

Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)

Our idea targets Kampala city, Uganda and, at scale, all Ugandan districts. Further, with more funding our project will be implemented within all East African countries, Africa and the world.

Who are your end users and how well do you know them? (750 characters)

Our end users or target community are the residents in Kampala city. Our project target community has raised me since I was a baby and is composed of family relatives, cultural, political and religious leaders who work together to find solutions advancing immunization initiatives within the country for the benefit our community. I have interacted and worked with this community for at least 23 years, as we try to find solutions to the many community challenges, including unemployment, gender inequality and how health initiatives may address such challenges, at the individual and public level, through one on one conversations, public activities, organization surveys and research, and our organization community surveys and online research.

How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)

Our project was identified by World Health Organization Africa (WHO Africa) as a regional innovation. Therefore, it is the only project of its kind in the region, particularly on promoting immunization within Uganda through social audits and dialogues that will empower caregivers, including residents. Therefore, this project will be the first in Uganda and East Africa. However, similar projects have been established within Uganda namely: (a) People’s parliament by the National Television (NTV). Unfortunately, People’s parliament is a debate, not an audit; and, (b) Community dialogues by traditional leaders in Karamoja and Acholi religious leaders in Gulu. Unfortunately, the dialogues do not address health issues, especially immunization.

Idea Proposal Stage (Select 1)

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

How many months are required for the project idea? (140 characters)

It will take us 1 year to implement phase one of our work and achieve the desired direct impact of 200,000 people within Kampala district.

Organization Name (less than 140 characters)

MIGHT Foundation

Type of Submitter

  • We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization

Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)

Busabala road, Masajja B zone, Kampala city, Uganda.

What is the current scale of your organization’s work?

  • Community (working within one or a few local communities within a region)

Website URL

None at the moment. However we have Facebook and twitter pages.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1-2 sentences)

MIGHT Foundation (MIGHT) is a Ugandan non-partisan and non-profit organization that researches, advocates, litigates and carries out capacity and community development projects for the promotion, protection and strengthening of peace, human rights and sustainable development in Uganda. Our idea promotes and strengthens community peace-building, health and human rights and sustainable development within the Ugandan health sector and community.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (750 characters)

Our organization will work closely with the following: Kampala youth networks, that are currently composed of 12,100 youths, age 14-30. The networks will assist with recruiting health network members and identifying project volunteers; Kampala youth health networks, will be our project partners who, once established, will assist with project implementation within the district; and carefully selected influential community members who are advancing immunization within Uganda, including community leaders, civil society activists, innovators, elected officials, journalists and civil servants to join our networks, develop and promote project activities and host as speakers at audits and dialogues, among other partners like our board of trustees.

How many people are on your team?

8

Tell us more about you and your team

Our staff includes: Mpagi Derrick, Executive Director at MIGHT Foundation and former employee of SEATINI-Uganda a non-profit trade organization and CEHURD-Uganda a non-profit health organization; Rhona Lanah, Program officer at MIGHT Foundation and former employee of Comtel Integrators Africa a for profit organization, Samaritan's Purse International Relief-Uganda a non-profit organization, and Watoto Babies Home Suubi a non-profit organization; Susan Nabagesera, Accountant at MIGHT Foundation and former employee of V.G. Keshwala & Sons Jinja/ Airtel Jinja, Uganda a for profit organization, New home care supermarket, and Civil Aviation Authority, Uganda a government agency; and two volunteers Monica Kuchulera and Ssonko Alex. Our organization values the principle of non-discrimination, privacy, transparency and integrity. We developed this project, thence the right team to solve this problem. We are all residents of Kampala city and Uganda. Our organization will implement this project.

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Thank you for the comment Mr. Isaac! And apologies for the delayed response.

This project will bring together all youths interested in health, especially immunization within the networks, including doctors, leaders of NGOs, police officers, e.t.c within the district, so that they may advocate for immunization at the social audit and peace-building dialogues as invited speakers from parliament (members of parliament), ministries of government (except where the government specifically directs an official who is not a youth to attend the audit or dialogue as the ministry speaker), youth led-organizations, organizations, military, police, among others, and also participate with other community members as audit and dialogue participants. In addition, youths will also be our project partners through the youth health networks, who will continue to implement the project as we scale to other districts of Uganda. Thence, they will advance accountability as organizers of the social audits, speakers at the social audits and attendants at the audit and dialogue.

Social audits have been used for accountability in various countries including India, Kenya and Rwanda, among others. Please read, Peoples action for just & democratic governance: Using evidence to establish accountability, page 118, and, http://aiddata.org/blog/social-audits-the-missing-ingredient-to-good-governance . However, the problem with these projects is that the community is not involved in determining the social audit or dialogue topic, thence it is the organization or institution organizing the audit or dialogue that determines the topic which leads to the accountability on only that specific topic and the audit or dialogue is concluded, never to be organized again for a follow up. This makes these past social audits and dialogues not sustainable, not structured, only beneficial to the organizing institution and exploitative to the community, since the community is only involved when the organizing institution needs them to hold their leaders to account on their determined topic. So if social audits and dialogues are organized by the community through the youth networks networks on an immunization topic like the polio vaccine, then community members at the social audit can begin to ask government officials questions about polio and the vaccine's availability and access, among others, thence accountability automatically starts with the first question on anything concerning the polio vaccine and follow ups also continue to be organized by the networks on immunization, for example polio vaccine. That's what we mean by community social audits. Organized by youths, in partnership with our organization, led by youths and inclusive of the community for better impact.

Finally, please see our included illustration of the idea and network chart or prototype. (Included in the application)

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