Accelerating Epidemic Control in Fort Region (ACE-Fort)
Integrated Mobile Outreach Day-clinics
Ugandan grandmothers program
Grandmothers after access seeds for re-planting in Kitswamba sub-county, each grandmother received 10kg of gnuts
Nutrition and Food Systems

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Welcome to Rwenzori Center for Research and Advocacy (RCRA)

Rwenzori Center for Research and Advocacy (RCRA) responds to the underserved community’s barriers to access better sexual reproductive maternal newborn child and adolescent health services, nutrition, improved livelihoods and quality education in Uganda. Founded in 2010 and incorporated in 2014 by medical doctors led by a Statistician, RCRA is fully registered by law of Uganda and National Non-governmental Organization, the RCRA offers lifesaving care to women, children and adolescents, agri-business skills and grass-root response to climate change. At work today in Kasese, Rubirizi, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, we restore hope to over thousands of people living with and affected by infectious disease/ HIV and their caregivers, enable women and adolescent access numerous family planning services through integrated outreach clinics, door-to-door distribution of FP services and health education in close collaboration with the district local government and Ministry of Health. RCRA is currently operating RCRA Community Health Centre III providing comprehensive sexual reproductive maternal and child health services in Kasese, western Uganda.

Integrated Mobile Outreach Day-clinics

The unmet need for family planning in Tooro Region, Uganda is 26% (DHS, 2016), within which Rwenzori Mountainous region are one of the highest populated and most underserved areas.

1,000 Women’s Gardens for Health and Nutrition

In Kasese District, 85% of households make a living as subsistence farmers on degraded land and hunger and malnutrition are chronic issues. Over 40% of children 5-59 months old are stunted and 13% are wasted.

Research, Policy and Campaigns

The project main goal was improved delivery of Women, Children, and Adolescent Health (WCAH) services in Kasese District targeting hard to reach areas which are basically underserved communities. The activities included, developing a district scorecard, Facilitating bi-annual dialogues dissemination workshops,

Education and Livelihoods

Under this programme, we are implementing- Accelerating epidemic control in Kasese from 04/2019 to date;

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) Gatherings for Young Mother Gardeners

A new initiative that addresses the needs and aspirations of the whole adolescent mother was started in September 2022. Young mothers gather, near or in gardens, where babies are welcome, food is served, and adolescents enjoy a full day of interactive ASRH activities. At the end of the day, each young mother has had a chance to envision her future and discuss the steps to get there.

Ugandan Grandmothers Programme

There has been a successful start to the 2021 programme despite difficulties caused by the Pandemic with more grandmothers needing goats than the programme can support. Sixty more grandmothers have received a goat bringing the total number of grandmothers in the programme to 330 spread over 5 sub-counties, an area of approximately 720 sq kilometers. 40 Children under the care of grandmothers have received a full kit of scholastic materials that includes double dozen of books, pens and mathematical set, and sanitary pads. This enabled children return to schools with tools when the schools opened for few classes. Grandmothers are raising concern of children likely not to return to school because of difficulty to raise school fees due to the accelerated lock-down and closure of markets for their vegetables. A further 50 grandmothers are scheduled to receive goats in the next distribution exercise to economically strengthen their households in September 2021. The programme has been effectively integrated with the 1000 Gardens Initiative and 66 grandmothers have also received the materials for a kitchen garden- see attached photograph. A particular concern arising from the pandemic is that grandmothers will not send their grandchildren back to school now that they are reopening. Their meagre incomes were reduced further during the lockdown and it is beyond the capacity of many to pay school fees. This is an issue that RCRA and the Ugandan Grandmothers programme is grappling with. Grandmothers will be encouraged and facilitated through the Village Savings Schemes to try to save for their grandchildren’s school fees with the UGP supporting the cost of scholastic materials and sanitary pads. RCRA are continuing to seek grants to put the UGP on a more sustainable footing. In the meantime, donations to enable us to achieve the target set of 1,000 assessed grandmothers can be made through (gofundme.com/f/grandmothers-programme.)

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