Policy and Advocacy Briefs

Eight (8) Reasons why Government should safely reopen schools

The ineffectiveness in the delivery of continued learning during the on going COVID 19 pandemic leaves the country with no option but to safely reopen schools if education is to continue for all children. ISER highlights eight (8) reasons why the Government should safely reopen schools.

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Reclaiming public health services in Uganda: Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief Issue 13

The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of strong public health services to deliver equitable healthcare. The countries that most successfully navigated the pandemic tended, overwhelmingly, to have entrenched and resilient public health systems. The clarion call for “health for all” – regardless of ability to pay - is thus unsurprising. The global pandemic has seriously underscored the need for strong public health systems and strong government stewardship of healthcare-related infrastructure, human resources and financing. This is the backdrop of the 13th issue of the Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief.

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A drop in the ocean: Uganda’s Covid-19 cash transfer

As the Government of Uganda plans to roll out a Covid-19 Relief Fund to vulnerable persons in urban areas, this policy brief underscores the importance of a human rights approach when crafting economic relief programs with a view that it will inform policymakers and key stakeholders in the design and implementation of a direct cash transfer program.

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Where Did COVID 19 Money Go?: International Finance Institutions' Funding to Uganda

This report documents the different forms of financing that Uganda received from IFIs to prevent, manage and control the COVID-19 pandemic as well as mitigate the associated socio-economic impacts; examines the implementation and accountability gaps in key projects that were financed; and draws lessons and recommendations for the ongoing and future pandemic financing responses and implementation mechanisms

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Reclaiming Public Social Services: A Peoples Manifesto

To date, Uganda struggles with weak public health systems and inadequately equipped schools, lack of access to clean and safe water and expensive and often inaccessible electricity. The State is obligated to invest more in social protection and public services such as health and education, however, these public critical services continue to be under funded. This Peoples Manifesto details demands that the Government should seriously take not of so as to deliver quality and equitable public social services.

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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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