The angry VHTs say that they carried out a registration exercise of children aged between 0-5 years on behalf of the sub-county from November 5-9th 2018. The exercise was funded by the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund UNICEF.
The Health Ministry will in the financial year 2017/2018 recruit 3,715 Community Health Workers CHWs, Prof. Anthony Mbonye, the Director General of Health Services has said. Mbonye, the community health workers will replace Village Health Teams VHTs in health service provision in communities.
Only 30 percent of Village Health Teams-VHTs members are trained to manage patients in communities. Uganda adopted the VHT strategy in 2001 as a bridge in health service delivery between community and health facilities. Prof. Anthony Mbonye, the Director General Health Services, notes that the training gap has been caused by lack of funding.
Olive Tumuhairwe, the health inspector in-charge Burahya County, says that in a bid to motivate other households to improve their sanitation, they give out incentives, which include mosquito nets, soap and tippy taps to households who have excelled in hygiene and sanitation.
A 2015 VHT assessment report indicates that the programme functionality is weak due to lack of funding for the programme both from the center and the districts. The report also indicates that districts do not have databases for the VHTs and lack evidence of monitoring, supervision, and coordination of the programme.
Gulu district acting District Health Officer Robert Ongom says Village Health Teams will be first trained on effective malaria prevention measures which they can demonstrate to the community. The training will also extend to managing cases and providing treatment to adults.
Mayuge Chief Administrative Officer Yusuf Senteza explains that the bicycles were meant to motivate the VHT members and to facilitate their movement to remote areas in execution of their duties. However some sub county chiefs connived with LC 3 chairpersons and sold some of them to relatives and friends.