“We made a baseline study and found out these elements of governance, leadership and management are lacking."
Ten district health teams are undergoing a nine-month capacity-building training in governance, leadership and management (GLM) geared towards improving service delivery.
The fellowship is spearheaded and funded by Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ministry of Health (MoH). It will cover the districts of Bundibugyo, Butambala, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Mubende, Amuria and Kalangala.
Each district is represented by three officials who include the District Health Officer (DHO), Heads of Health Subdistrict and HIV focal persons, bringing the total number of trainees to 30, who will be awarded certificates after the training.
From left, Assistant Commissioner Health Services in the National Disease Control, Dr. Allan Muruta; Programme Officer of METS Evelyn Akello and the Senior Medical Officer in the Department of National Disease Control Dr. Shaban Mugerwa. (Credit: Abou Kisige)
Evelyn Akello, the programs manager of Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS), said there is need to conduct the GLM fellowship to build the capacity of district health teams.
"We made a baseline study and found out these elements of governance, leadership and management are lacking and hence the birth of this fellowship to build capacity of district health teams to improve service delivery," she said.
After the first 10 districts, the second phase will capture other 10 until the entire district health teams are covered nationwide.
Dr. Allan Muluuta, who represented the director general of health services from the Ministry of Health, said strengthening capacity of various health officials at the district levels is very important in ensuring quality health service delivery.
"We need to find out the whole truth on ground and work towards tackling it; now that the METS team carried out the study and collected the data, it is timely for this fellowship program to improve capacity of health officials at various levels," he said.