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Twegatte youth health project

We'll impact at least 200,000 Kampala residents, 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 to two sentences (required 350 Characters)

MIGHT aims to raise community health awareness among Kampala district residents about vaccine technologies, innovations and initiatives within Uganda through district youth networks, district community health social audits, grassroots community health peace-building dialogues and online social platforms on vaccines.

Explain the innovation (2,500 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 city of Uganda, 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 are not aware of their health rights and duties, especially related to immunization, partly due to the increasing gender digital divide and other digital divides within the country, violent cultural practices and poverty that have denied citizens good governance and accountability, and access to data, platforms, and technologies, most especially women, girls, children, refugees, handicapped persons and minority tribes. This has led to high infant mortality rates within Kampala, increased health sector: corruption; low budget allocation; low national vaccine coverage; untimely vaccinations, and the increasing Njiri or 666 cult followers. 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 technologies and initiatives within the district. 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 technologies and initiatives within the district, so that communities are informed about immunization initiatives by government officials, CSOs and innovators aged 14-30, communities will be called to action and hold government leaders to account on their immunization initiatives. This project was developed in order to increase impact of our current online project and other online technology initiatives that are strengthening immunization efficiencies within the district and country. Our project was proved to be a regional innovation by WHO Africa during the WHO Africa innovations challenge 2019.

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

  • Eastern Africa

Geographic Focus

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.

Stage of Innovation

  • Prototype

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 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 is your 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 communities. Hence, 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.

What is the name of your organization

MIGHT Foundation

Explain your organization (250 characters)

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 an

Type of Submitter

  • We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

Our organization mainstreams gender equity by: sharing opportunities with young women, age 14-30, within our networks so that they may apply and network; developing innovative offline activities, i.e, youth networks, social audits and dialogues, which will enable women and girls acquire opportunities, information and the opportunity of holding their leaders to account on health issues; and, establishing women youth health networks so that women access jobs and leadership positions.

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

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

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • 6-20 people

Website URL

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

Scale of organizational work

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

Tell us more about you

Our staff includes: Mpagi Derrick, Executive Director at MIGHT Foundation and former employee of SEATINI-Uganda a non-profit trade NGO and CEHURD-Uganda a non-profit health NGO; Rhona Lanah, Program officer at MIGHT Foundation and former employee of Comtel Integrators Africa a for profit organization and Watoto Babies Home; Susan Nabagesera, Accountant at MIGHT Foundation and former employee of V.G. Keshwala & Sons Jinja a for profit organization; and two volunteers Monica and 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, Uganda. Our organization will implement this project.

Applying to Gavi INFUSE

  • We were invited to apply by Caroline Gezon via email.


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