Taking global health to the most vulnerable rural communities in Uganda.

The main objective of this program is to build a network of knowledgeable health cadres that will influence health systems strengthening up to the grass root level.   RAFO employs the “Top bottom and bottom up models”. Through tapping into the expertise of global health leaders and global health alumni in Uganda, RAFO identifies youth from different Universities, higher learning institutions, National associations, national and other organized structure, trains the in public health issues, and we are driven by the fact that health is a human right and everyone’s responsibility.

RAFO with Acting LC 1 leaders in Kikaada Village discussing health issues in the village and how to solve them in January 2018, this meeting was initiated by a student of Kirigwajjo school after RAFO gave a speech about health at the school in July 2017.

These youth from different districts in Uganda are called public health ambassadors. They help RAFO at district level to map out and identify youth, local community based organisations from different counties, different sub counties, parishes and different villages who are also trained in public health issues. These become the rural health ambassadors of their respective villages. They identify rural health issues, mobilize the rural communities for solutions as RAFO Plays an advisory and technical role including helping them in developing rural health advocacy work plans, training on activity report writing, mobilize and experts to tackle the health issues identified, link rural community health ambassadors to policy makers for action on the identified health challenges.

The engagement of policy makers is a bottom up approach and RAFO guides and supports the rural health ambassadors by providing relevant information on responsible policy makers, preparing the necessary documentation of the identified issues and petition and initiating initial appointment with policy makers/duty bearers. RAFO supports rural communities and refugee populations through providing access to health services and emergency disease out breaks.