Youth petition Uganda Parliament on health
On October 23, Save the Children, through the EVERY ONE campaign, held a national youth summit under the theme “The Health Worker Attraction and Retention Challenge”. The summit, held in Kampala, attracted around 300 young people. Members of Parliament, officials from the health and public service ministries and civil society organizations were also in attendance.
The summit was a climax of activities that had taken place in various regions of the country as a build-up to the Global Day of Action. The youth from various regions of the country made petitions to the Government, which were collated into one national petition. This petition was handed to Hon. Kenneth Omona, Chair of the health committee in Parliament, who will deliver it to the Speaker. In the petition, the youth asked the Government to:
1. Attract, motivate and retain health workers by increasing funding for training, enhancing their wages and providing them with accommodation at their work posts.
2. Stop the shortage of midwives by waiving the policy of non-recruitment of Enrolled Comprehensive Nurses.
3. Review the curriculum of the nursing course to include midwifery skills and offering of adolescent health services.
4. Increase the Primary Health Care Non-Wage Fund.
5. Prioritise Basic and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BCEmNOC) to save lives.
6. Design a clear mechanism to monitor all resources (financial, infrastructural and human) allocated to the health sector.
7. Scale up availability and access of youth-friendly services at all public health facilities.