Policy and Advocacy Briefs

Profiteering off a Pandemic: Private Sector and Health Services in Uganda During COVID

This report underscores how an under-financed public health sector due to liberalization reforms and a weakly regulated private sector have enabled an environment where patients and families are repeatedly exploited to line private profit, especially in the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.

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How Did We Get Here? Uganda's Medical Oxygen Crisis

As Uganda faces a surge of COVID 19 reporting more than ten thousand cases in ten days,  oxygen shortages have been reported countrywide. People have recounted moving from hospital to hospital and being sent away or patients dying before they are helped. Private hospitals like Nsambya have asked patients to come with their oxygen. Some hospitals are rationing oxygen between patients. Even if available in private, it remains unaffordable for many.

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Ten things Government should urgently address to deal with Uganda’s Covid 19 surge

As Uganda battles a surge in Covid19 infections, we highlight 10 issues that the Government ought to critically and urgently focus on in its response to the surge.

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Government’s requirement to have National ID before receiving COVID19 vaccine will exclude millions

As the country receives the first batch of COVID 19 vaccines and embarks on vaccination, the
Ministry of Health requires a National ID card in order to access the vaccine. This requirement raises public health and human rights concerns as a number of Ugandans, including, those at a high risk of dying or being hospitalized from the Corona virus will be excluded simply because they lack a national ID.

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Government Covid-19 Vaccine Strategy Leaves Critical Questions Unanswered

Drawing on the remarks at the recently concluded cabinet meeting, held on 1st February 2021, particularly, on the issue of COVID-19 vaccine, civil society organizations under the leadership of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) are cognizant of the Government of Uganda’s decision to procure 18 million doses of Astra Zeneca from the Serum Institute of India.

Several critical concerns and questions regarding vaccine access and distribution remain unanswered.

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The COVID 19 vaccine and Uganda - 12 questions to policy makers

As Uganda plans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the near future, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) has some questions that should be pondered upon

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Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief - 2021 General Elections: Voting for Quality Service Delivery

This edition implicitly asks Ugandans to refrain from getting caught up in the frenetic energy of political campaigning and to critically assess the extent to which incumbent politicians and parties have delivered on the promises made in previous manifestos; whether and to what extent they have been held accountable for failing to deliver on their mandates; it asks citizens to consider the ways in which they may be complicit in entrenching an electoral system that prioritizes short-term patronage over long-term service delivery; and the electoral system itself is critiqued, in the light of the constraints Uganda faces within a global political and economic order, which has budgetary and policy implications for its ability to practically achieve the economic and social rights to which its citizens are entitled.

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Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief -COVID19 Special Edition

This special edition of the ESRA Brief is timely, motivated as it is by the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has intensified focus on the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) – not only in Uganda but throughout the world.

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A Simplified Handbook on Economic and SocialRights for Community Advocates

This handbook serves as a simplified guide to Community Advocates (CAs), Health Unit Management Committees (HUMCs) and School Management Committees SMCs) among others.

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Submission to the Health Committee of Parliament on the National Health Insurance Bill, 2019

On 20th November 2019, ISER made a presentation to the Health Committee of Parliament on the National Health Insurance Bill, 2019

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Economic & Social Rights Advocacy(ESRA) Brief

Uganda’s Second National Development Plan (NDP II) 2015/16-2019/20 has as its theme ‘Strengthening Uganda’s Competitiveness for Sustainable Wealth Creation, Employment and Inclusive Growth.” The NDP II is the second in a series of six five-year Plans aimed at achieving Uganda Vision 2040, which envisions ‘A Transformed Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and Prosperous Country within 30 years.’

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UCCA News Letter Issue 1: Pursuing Corporate Accountability in Uganda

Issue No 1 focuses on the journey and pilot phase of the Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA). Why was the UCCA formed and what was largely undertaken in the one year. The issue also takes a brief look at 2017, highlighting the key activities undertaken and the new members that joined the Consortium. The issue highlights the milestones that have been achieved. We feel it is important to appreciate the journey so far that has set the course for our broader goals and objectives. However, going forward, the Newsletter will highlight the various individual member experiences and engagements with a focus to come up with coordinated and strategic interventions to enhance corporate accountability.

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