Jinja. Jinja Area Community Federation (JACOFE), a non-governmental organisation, has earmarked Shs790 million to promote health services in Kamuli and Mayuge districts.
Addressing the media in Jinja town last week, the Manager of the NGO, Mr Henry Bazibu, the money which is being contributed by Child Fund, Pathfinder International and Terres De Hommes will be used to implement a five-year project on advocacy for better health.
He said the project was initiated after surveys in the two districts revealed that health and living standards had deteriorated and which was in turn affecting the livelihood of the people.
“Malnutrition, high mortality rate and jiggers were becoming problems in these districts where we are implementing the project; therefore when we got the money we decided to make an intervention,” Mr Bazibu said.
He added that under the project, the NGO will implement activities based on reports that that communities will give on issues affecting health and living standards.
The NGO also intends to visit different health centres in the two districts in order to identify what communities view as challenges to accessing care.
Mr Bazibu said the organisation will respond to the community findings by either reporting them to higher authorities or offering help where possible.