CIDI health care programme implements projects aligned to the national needs within the health sector. It aims at improving people’s health welfare and contributes to the health sector’s interventions in promoting a healthy and economically productive society.
CIDI’s are intended in supplementing the work of the Ministry of Health as regards the reduction on the Maternal, Infant and Child mortality rates and improvement in the Maternal & Child Health in Uganda hence contributing to the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals of reduction in Child mortality rates by two thirds by 2020, reduction of maternal deaths by three quarters by the year 2020.
Picture above: HIV Outreach intervention in a rural community of Rakai. Mothers are lining up for Maternal Health Care
The objectives and services of the Health Department are as follows:
1. Improve and increase people’s knowledge on Reproductive Health, Malaria & HIV/AIDS prevention, measures and child survival strategies.
2.Increase access to quality health care services in the area of Reproductive Health, Malaria and HIV/AIDS
3. Promotion of improved service delivery strategies for increased access and utilization through advocating for change in health service delivery system.
4. Contribute to the reduction maternal mortality rates by advocating for increased utilization of reproductive health services as well as malaria prevention and HIV/AIDS prevention.
5. Contribute to improved child health in our communities through promoting and advocating child survival strategies.
6. Contribute to improving nutrition status of children between 0-5years.
7. Advocate and lobby for pro-poor health policies.
Sample of activities are:
•Sensitizing local leaders and the communities in selected districts on issues like reproductive health, nutrition and HIV prevention.
•Building the capacity of partner organizations to mobilize and sensitize communities on HIV prevention, improving their livelihoods, reproductive health services & rights, nutrition plus advocacy structures.
•Training of health centre staff on customer care, communication skills and counseling for better service delivery.
•Develop, produce and distribute IEC materials in both English & local languages on malaria prevention, sexual & reproductive health, nutrition issues and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support in the targeted communities.
•To engage in better sexual and reproductive health services, HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria products, and nutrition issues.